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Enterprise Java Goes Micro - Oracle "Simplifies" J2ME 9iAS Support
Enterprise Java Goes Micro - Oracle "Simplifies" J2ME 9iAS Support

(March 27, 2002) - Given that integration is turning out to be one of the recurring themes of this years's JavaOne, it comes as no surprise to hear that Oracle Corporation has come to San Francisco determined, as befits "the world's largest enterprise company," to help bridge the gap between Java-enabled mobile devices and the enterprise.

Up till now, it hasn't been especially easy for wireless developers to build business applications that access back-end resources such as corporate databases. But now Oracle is now harnessing new XML-based technology to make it possible for developers to build J2ME apps that can do just that: access business data and applications on remote servers.

Accordingly, the Redwood Shores, California-based enterprise software giant has announced at JavaOne that it has "simplified" development of enterprise applications that run on devices compliant with J2ME. The instrument of this simplification? A software add-in called the Oracle9i JDeveloper J2ME Add-In and a developer kit for J2ME developers, the Oracle9i Application Server (Oracle9iAS) J2ME Developer Kit.

Both development tools, say Oracle, are already available for free download from their online developer community, Oracle Technology Network (OTN), and developers downloading them will be able right away to start building business apps for J2ME devices. They simplify things by providing easy-to-use code generation wizards and productivity tools that automate the development and rapid deployment of mobile and wireless apps. Specifically, developers will be able to write, compile, debug, package, deploy, run, and profile a J2ME application all within one IDE.

Meantime the 9iAS J2ME Developer Kit provides a set of standard APIs for building and deploying enterprise applications for J2ME devices and uses Web services technology to access wireless information and services available through Oracle9i Application Server that can then be displayed on J2ME-compliant devices. In addition, the Oracle9iAS J2ME Developer Kit provides intelligent queuing of Web Services traffic to make J2ME applications resilient to interruptions in network coverage.

Java developers will thus be able to create J2ME applications for the wireless services in Oracle9i Application Server such as SMS, voice, or e-mail messaging capabilities and even location-based Web services such as mapping, driving directions, and routing capabilities.

Let's give the final word to Denise Lahey, chief executive officer of OracleMobile, the company's mobile products and services division: "Oracle is committed to Java and open standards for mission critical business applications," says Lahey. "What's been missing until now is a tangible bridge between J2ME devices and back end data and applications. We're providing that bridge by simplifying J2ME application development and making it ready for business applications."

Good news for Java. And good news for wireless apps.

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