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  • September 7, 2007

Guess What Else NetBeans IDE 6.0 Provides?

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager

Yup... a very happy-looking visual game designer for mobile phones, with emulator support! You get it with all the rest of the mobility features, no additional plugins to install, no additional steps to take, it'a all there out of the box. Wow, cool. What a surprise, who'd have thought that NetBeans IDE even provides advanced tooling for game designers. Not me, anyway. A tutorial on creating games for mobile phones can be found here. The above screenshot is of... the sample that is bundled with the IDE. So, perfect for exploring the features of this tooling, and how the various parts of the application relate to each other. This looks like a really fun area to investigate, when and if I ever find the time...

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Comments ( 9 )
  • ChessMess Friday, September 7, 2007

    Netbeans rocks! I love this IDE! Now I just need to get a copy of RCP:Plugging into the Netbeans platform!

  • Geertjan Saturday, September 8, 2007

    Cool to hear, ChessMess! Hope you'll enjoy the book and gain a lot from it and from the NetBeans Platform.

  • guest Saturday, September 8, 2007

    This has been in NetBeans for a while, and it's still very much behind what EclipseME can do.

    As far as I know, NetBeans still doesn't support Java ME profiling nor debugging on device. As long as the NetBeans team keeps solving the easy problems, NetBeans will remain as second-grade IDE...

  • Geertjan Saturday, September 8, 2007

    Hmmm. Sounds like you have an axe to grind, Solving easy problems is not something the NetBeans team does at all, take for example the fact that the entire Java editor has been rewritten. But, in general, I wonder why one needs to badmouth one IDE in order to make another seem better in comparison? At the very least, you should do some research before making the kind of pronouncements you make here. For example, here's an article that will tell you about on-device debugging in NetBeans IDE 5.0: http://www.netbeans.org/kb/50/tutorial-sonyericsson-odd.html. That took me a few seconds of googling to find...

  • Geertjan Saturday, September 8, 2007

    Oh, wait, in NetBeans IDE 4.1, that was already possible too, as "Controlling Sony Ericsson Devices Remotely using the NetBeans IDE" will tell you: http://www.netbeans.org/kb/41/mobility-se.html

  • Lukas Sunday, September 9, 2007

    Well, the on device debugging is not easy task. You need support from the SDK of the mobile vendor (e.g. SonyEricsson, Nokia, etc.). For now only the SE SDK supports the ODD. It might change even with Nokia soon. <a href="http://www.google.com/search?q=on+device+debugging+netbeans&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a">Seems that there is plenty of articles about ODD with NB</a>



    I'd be very happy to see your comparison of NB Mobility Pack and EclipseME. Do u really think that have so rich set of features? - see <a href="http://www.netbeans.org/products/mobility/">http://www.netbeans.org/products/mobility/</a>, and new coming features <a href="http://wiki.netbeans.org/wiki/view/MobilityNewAndNoteworthy">MobilityNewAndNoteworthy</a>.

  • JB Monday, September 10, 2007

    We looked at J2ME a few years ago for development on a Symbol Technologies handheld, and found that finding a decent runtime was extremely problematic...there was a foreign one available and an IBM one available...both pretty pricey and outdated. This left a very bad taste in our mouths.

    Has J2ME come a long way in the last few years? How is device support? How is deployment? How can one understand what sort of market there is for an application built on J2ME?

    I'm sincerely interested. We're again considering development of a handheld app, and it's either J2ME or the Microsoft toolkit. I'd prefer the J2ME route, but not if it's still quite a bit behind.



  • Lukas Tuesday, September 11, 2007

    Java ME went a loong way. We are moving from CLDC (the old J2ME MIDP stuff) that is running on most of the phones today to CDC that targets more powerful device like set-top boxes, printers, smartphones.

    There is lot of new JSRs that provide wide set of features for the devices. But there is also big device fragmentation [http://www.javaworld.com/javaworld/jw-05-2004/jw-0524-fragment.html] between the devices therefore it isn't "write once, run everywhere". It might be better with the MSA [http://jcp.org/en/jsr/detail?id=248].

    More at http://java.sun.com/javame/index.jsp

  • Ahmad Fitriawan Saturday, March 21, 2009

    I'm Sorry, I want to ask about the instalation Game Builder Demo in Motorola W230, It can't work when I copy the folder it doesn't work and can't be instaled. What should i do? Thank You.

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