Tuesday Dec 09, 2008

Take the POLL: Will you be attending Java Mobile, Media & eMbedded Developer Days

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Will you be attending the Java Mobile, Media, and eMbedded Developer Days, January 21-22, 2009? (Information & registration: http://developerdays.dev.java.net/) 


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Tuesday Dec 02, 2008

M3DD 2009 CONFERENCE: Register now!!!

The Mobile Media and eMbedded Developer Days (M3DD for short) 2009 conference is just around the corner now.


M3DD 2009 Conference Information


Last year's conference was sold out, so register today to secure your spot and benefit from early  bird pricing!

Tuesday Oct 30, 2007

News of ME's demise is greatly exaggerated

So, a few days ago I catching up on my RSS feeds and ran into the following article Sun Scrapping Mobile Java, Moving Devices to Standard Java

which then led me to Sun starts bidding adieu to mobile-specific Java. Both of these articles really surprised me, considering I have just recently become a Java ME licensee.

Upon reading these articles, I took it upon myself to e-mail people that work with James Gosling to find out what was going on. One of the cool perks of working at Sun is that I can do this kind of thing and get an actual response back :) Here is part of the response I got:

   If Java ME could talk, it would quote Mark Twain and say that "the rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated."

We're working on clarifications for this dust up.

I was very happy to see that something was being done to clarify the situation. In fact a number of blogs and articles came up, in a more timely fashion than this post fortunately enough :)

One thing that did surprise me however, was that there was no direct mention that what is going on is not that Java ME is necessarily growing up, it is that the capabilities of devices using it today are growing. This does not mean that Java ME is dying, this means that Java ME is able to go down even lower into the device food chain. Remember that Java ME stands for Java Micro Edition. What has happened is that our view of what is Micro has changed from Mobile phones to smaller devices. What was once considered Micro is now capable of running Standard, and therefore Java SE makes good sense.

There will ALWAYS be a need for something smaller to be able to run on small things. The thing that is really cool in this space, is that as small things get to be more and more capable, this means that even smaller things are able to support more as well. This is where I see Java ME fitting in for a VERY long time, and where I plan to put all my effort into.

Monday Jan 23, 2006

Qnext

I have been using Trillian for quite some years now and it works pretty well. Trillian is an IM client that allows me to connect to almost every type of IM service without having multiple clients installed and running. This is the main reason why I have been using it, one IM client all services: Yahoo, MSN, ICQ, IRC, Jabber. Its skinning ability has been quite useful to me, as I am able to use a skin that makes everything very small and therefore uses limited real estate.

However, they have been very slow in putting out updates in the past year or so. I ran into a little blurb in a magazine the other day about an IM client I had not heard of before Qnext. It turns out its pretty cool and seems to work quite well. The biggest kicker is that it is written in Java !!! One complain I have at the moment is that the UI is really driven around this concept of Zones which includes many things other than just IM client related stuff, so its a little more complicated than I would like. I am going to stick with it for a while and see how it goes.

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