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Wireless Developer Site Launch
From the ubiquitous cell phone to cordless networks, wireless
products are coming into our lives and forever changing the ways
in which we live, do business, and relate. The good news for
developers is that opportunities to create innovative applications
to run on all kinds of Java platform-enabled wireless products
are growing as well.
If you are wondering how to start developing wireless applications
or how to keep up with the latest advances in Java wireless
technologies, help is here. The
site is a full-featured, content-rich resource that provides the information
and tools you need to design, build, test, and market wireless applications.
To introduce the new site, this article highlights Wireless Developer
features and content, and walks you through how you might use
the site to develop a wireless application.
Flexible Home Page with Advanced Search and Map Matrix
Because developers' needs change from when they first use a
site to when they are more familiar with it, the Wireless Developer
site provides a tabbed home page with the options described below.
- What's New tab that
appears by default when you go to the site URL: http://wireless.java.sun.com.
On this page, you have the opportunity to register as a member, read the
benefitsto becoming a member, or log in if you
are already a member of Wireless Developer, JDC, DotCom Builder, or SolDC.
- Learn tab that presents a high-level introduction to Java platform-based
wireless technologies, and includes information on training and a concept map to give
you a visual representation of Java wireless components.
- Go to Market tab that explains where you can get information on how to market your
wireless application, implement your application for success,
develop business strategies, and access marketing resources.
- Advanced Search tab that gives you a way to provide sophisticated search criteria when
you search any combination of the JDC, Wireless Developer, Code
Drop, and java.sun.com sites.
- Map tab that presents a bird's-eye view into all of the content on the site.
Section for New Wireless Developers
If you are new to the world of wireless programming and want to understand
the technologies, tools, and steps involved
in designing, testing, and marketing a wireless application, visit the
to Wireless section. The Intro to Wireless section provides the
following information and related links to help you get started:
Technology-Oriented Content Structure
The Wireless Developer site uses a technology-oriented organization and navigation
to help you find all the information you need in one place.
Site highlights include the following technology sections complete with
software, toolkit, documentation, and learning information links
to help you get set up and writing code as fast as possible:
keeps you up-to-date with Mobile Information Device Profile (MIDP) for cell
phone and two-way pager applications development.
- Java Card
gets you going with smart card applications development.
- CLDC/Foundation profile
provides information on developing applications for small wireless devices
that do not support a graphical user interface.
technology section covers topics such as how to connect a J2ME
program with a J2EE backend, or how to use JSP pages or servlets to
generate Wireless Markup Language (WML) to run on a handheld device.
J2ME Device Tables
J2ME Devices tables describe currently available J2ME devices
in the CLDC/MIDP world. Table 1 shows information about the devices
themselves and Table 2 lists information about various wireless networks.
Code Samples and Discussion Forums
Developers frequently want to get their hands and eyes on example code
as quickly as possible. To meet this important need, the site features
Samples section. The code samples are cross-referenced to the content
on the site where they are described.
Forums are a great way to get answers to questions and share
your own knowledge with others.
Use the Site to Help You Create a MIDP Application
This section takes you on a short tour of how a developer who is
new to Java wireless technologies might use the Wireless Developer
site to learn how to develop a wireless application using the MID profile.
- Go to Wireless Developer.
- Use the left navigation to select Intro to
Wireless. Read through the section and follow any interesting links.
- Use the left navigation to select MIDP under J2ME Technologies.
- Click on the Software & Tools bullet at the top of the MID Profile page
to find the software you need.
- Click on J2ME Wireless toolkit to get the free reference implementation made
available by Sun Microsystems for compatibility testing, learning, and
demonstrations. Follow the installation instructions with the download. You might
need to scroll down the page to find the download.
- Go back to the MIDP page to find all of the documentation and training
materials in one place.
- Choose from the available classroom or browser-based Training
- Scan the two-column table under Documentation on the
MIDP page. It has two sections of interest for someone getting set up to develop
their first MIDP application: Setup & Tools and Getting Started
Setup & Tools
The Setup & Tools page lists two articles of interest:
Guide to the J2ME Wireless Toolkit describes hardware and software
requirements, the Wireless Toolkit's components, and walks through
some example demos and explains how to create a new project.
Setup Explained provides practical tips on how to get your
software installed and configured on the Windows platform
Started page provides a number of materials for learning how to
use the MID profile. Of note are the following:
Programming and Packaging Basics describes how to include commands,
icons, and a running ticker in a simple application.
with Missing J2SE Classes explains why some classes you might be
accustomed to using from J2SE programming are not available in the J2ME
APIs and provides some easy work-arounds.
- The J2ME Development Cycle describes how configurations and profiles
affect the development cycle for a MIDP application.
Find a Device
J2ME Devices tables to learn which devices made by which manufacturers
will support your new applications.
Go to Market
Whether you are an individual developer working on your own or part
of a large company, you might want some help and hints for getting
your wireless application to market. You will find exactly that kind
of information in the Go
to Market section of the site.
The Wireless Developer site is a full-featured and content-rich resource for
developers who want to design, develop, and market wireless
applications for Java-enabled wireless products. Now, entering
the growing field of wireless applications development is easier