Today I'm kicking off a new regular feature in my blog. Each month I'll link to items from my java.net and BillDay.com blogs that I think every Java developer, or at least every wireless Java developer, should know from the preceding month's wireless and mobility related news, presentations, and technical information.
Diving right in, top wireless stories and resources from March 2004 included...
on Apr 5, 2004
Way back in July 2003 I blogged about palmOne licensing IBM's J2ME implementation (WME) for its Tungsten devices. Tungstens with built in Java support are now in use, but as I noted back in that blog:
When will all Palm devices, much less all Palm OS based devices, include a built in Java runtime, not just the Tungstens? Time will tell, but my gut says very soon: If they don't, they'll suffer...
on Feb 13, 2004
Nokia's been making waves of late. In the last week it has:
Announced the 6620, an American follow-on to the EMEA/Asia 6600 which among other things adds support for EDGE (significant speed improvement over GPRS) and doubles the onboard memory available for J2ME applications to 12MB
Spoke of its intent to bring Perl to its Series 60 (Symbian) based devices
Discussed plans to provide tiered...
on Jan 23, 2004
I've been reading the buzz for the last couple of weeks that Apple would launch a smaller version of their iPod music player at MacWorld. Enter the iPod mini, announced in today's Jobs keynote.
Thinking about my blog from a couple of weeks ago on the emergence of cellcams, I had to wonder: Is the iPod mini too little too late?
Phones are already shipping with add-on support for MP3...
on Jan 6, 2004
I'm not a big fan of the expression "digital convergence", but I do appreciate its results. One of the most important of these results: Cell phones with built in digital cameras (some people refer to them as camera phones, but I prefer cellcams) .
I first wrote about cellcams in my first java.net blog entry. In it, I discussed the Nokia 3650, my main device since mid-2003. The 3650 is a...
on Dec 23, 2003
Several readers wrote me about the Seattle Sun Tech Days presentations, so I thought I'd post info on updated slides from subsequent events.
We've conducted two Tech Days since Seattle (click the city names for slides):
Sao Paulo, a two day conference with updates to the majority of the Seattle presentations
Prague, a one day conference with the "best of" updated from Seattle and Sao Paulo...
on Nov 21, 2003
A month ago I posted a fateful blog entry, "Hey Apple, Got J2ME?", which continues to draw counter blogs, email, and online responses. There's enough interest in this that I thought a follow-up might be in order.
One thing is abundantly clear from the discussion: Java developers are very interested in seeing J2ME development tools supported by somebody on Mac OS X. Several readers posted...
on Aug 4, 2003
In spite of all of the abstract tech talk and demo code and articles I've been involved with over the years while advocating Java technology, at the end of the day any technology, Java included, is only useful when somebody finds something interesting to do with it. To that end, I enjoyed Jack Shirazi's recent blog entry on Java Case Studies and the J2ME stats URLs posted in response by...
on Jul 30, 2003
I've been re-reading Tim's thoughts on Mac OS X switchers and OS X and the Next Big Thing of late.
You see, my current personal laptop is starting to show its age, and I'm considering alternatives. I've always said I wouldn't consider any system that didn't give me a command line, and now Apple's removed that hurdle. I've always said I had to have Unix tools, and OS X has that in spades. I'...
on Jul 2, 2003
The first time I saw a Palm V, I thought "I want one". The very next thing I thought was "I want one I can program in Java". Several years worth of developments later, I'm finally going to be able to properly bridge the gap between the two.
While we've been able to
build and deploy Java applications for Palm OS
since the early KVM days,
the J2ME runtime itself has always been a separate...
on Jul 1, 2003
I read a lot of wireless related stuff: News articles, whitepapers, developer tutorials, user guides, Javadocs, and the list goes on. Most of this stuff is not particularly noteworthy. Sometimes, however, something stands out by its mere existence.
Wireless Week article on J2ME is just such a stand out.
I enjoyed the quotes from AT&T about Java phones increasing the...
on Jun 19, 2003
Last week's JavaOne conference was very interesting for me.
In the four years since the first part of what would become
J2ME escaped from
Sun Labs at JavaOne 1999 (happy 4th birthday, KVM!), the technology world has leapt forward from a wired, PC centric phase into the wireless device nirvana we've all been hoping for and writing about for years.
Or at least, that's what I'd like to believe...
on Jun 17, 2003