Bringing Java back to life on Palm - Sign up now!
Palm OS has had a spotty relationship with Java. Way back in the ancient days Java ME was born when a few undeterred engineers at Sun Labs managed to squeeze Java into a Palm Pilot via the famous KVM ... the mother of all Java ME stacks. Yep, Palm was cutting-edge then.
Later, Palm's software division - after being bought and sold several times - partnered with IBM to provide a downloadable Java ME stack to Palm OS 4 and 5. That stack supported CLDC/MIDP and some optional JSRs but the quality and performance was spotty and the code appeared to get little or no maintenance. As of January 12, 2008, Palm has ceased to support Java altogether - which I guess makes sense for a company which has trouble even figuring out its own OS story. Anyway, despite all of Palm's OS troubles there remains lots of interest in up-to-date Java support for that platform - primarily due to the still very popular Treo devices.
Looks like it's time to start thinking seriously about a community effort to create a Palm OS port of phoneME! So Hinkmond Wong (blog), project owner of phoneME Advanced, has issued a 'Call for volunteers'.
For someone with experience building Palm OS apps and with support of the community phoneME experts it shouldn't be very hard to get the basics running. And you'll learn a lot on the way. As an added bonus once MIDP is up you can actually develop really slick Java desktop-like applications using LWUIT.
Sounds like a fun project. Reply to the thread to sign up for it!