Thursday Aug 14, 2008

Open Source Light-Weight UI Toolkit (LWUIT) for Java ME Available Now!


Today Sun released the source code for its implementation of the Java-based light-weight UI toolkit (LWUIT) for mobile UI development to the java.net community under the GPLv2 w/Classpath Exception license.

The source code, documentation, and sample and demonstration code is available now.

LWUIT Graphic LWUIT is an advanced UI library that enables rapid development of mobile applications that will run consistently across Java ME enabled devices. It includes a full set of ready-made graphical components, as well as sophisticated support for themes, fonts, animation and transition effects. To help you get started with the technology, more details about LWUIT can be found in the LWUIT Tutorial & on the Forum.

Craig Gering, Senior Director of Embedded Java Software at Sun said: "By creating LWUIT, Sun is reaffirming its commitment to the mobile development community and by open sourcing the LWUIT code, we are enabling mobile developers to quickly and easily create rich, portable interfaces for their applications - functionality that they have been requesting for some time.  This software will also help address the mobile industry's fragmentation issue by enabling developers to create a single interface that will work anywhere Java is found."

Shai Almog has a whole blog dedicated to Java development & LWUIT, which has some cool video demos & more sample code.

And Terrence Barr, the Ambassador of the Java Mobile & Embedded Community also offers some LWUIT commentary over on his blog.

Tuesday Jul 15, 2008

Sun Announces GA of Mobile Enterprise Platform (MEP) 1.0

The mobile enterprise team at Sun has just announced the general availability of the Mobile Enterprise Platform (MEP) 1.0. Here's the blog entry from Vella Raman.

Sun's MEP enables mobile access for a range of off-the-shelf and home-grown enterprise applications for a variety of mobile devices and smart phones, including RIM's BlackBerry and Palm's Treo. At the  core of MEP is an open standards-based platform consisting of Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server, MySQL and Java ME to provide reliable two-way data synchronization with security, device management, and offline access.

Key features include:
■ Out-of-the-box connectivity to many enterprise application platforms
■ Support for a wide variety of mobile devices
■ Offline access to data when there is no network coverage
■ Encryption and data fading/wiping, which extend enterprise application security to mobile devices
■ Support for over-the-air provisioning of mobile clients
■ Tools and templates that simplify the development and customization of mobile applications
■ Based on open industry standards and robust and scalable Java technologies

For more information, here's an FAQ and the Sun Java System Mobile Enterprise Platform page.

Give MEP a try! You can download the product here: http://www.sun.com/software/products/mep/get.jsp.
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