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Sun Woos OEMs and Java Service Providers with New Testing Tool for Java Devices
Sun Woos OEMs and Java Service Providers with New Testing Tool for Java Devices

(February 18, 2003) - Before any Java devices can be deployed commercially they need to be tested, tested, and tested, so it has to be good news for OEMs and Java service providers everywhere to find out that in June of this year one of the world's wireless technology titans - specifically, Sun Microsystems - is going to be releasing an off-the-shelf test suite to assist them in testing J2ME implementations on Java devices.

This new device test suite, the Java Device Test Suite to give it its official name, will be one of the first products to be released to market by Sun's newly-formed Consumer and Mobile Systems Group, headed up by Juan Dewar and clearly destined to be one of the most active parts of Sun in coming years, as Java handsets and J2ME-enabled mobile devices begin seriously to proliferate worldwide - taking the overall total far beyond the 75 million that have already been shipped in the past two years.

"The suite replaces complex in-house development and management of multiple tests for multiple devices," Dewar tells JDJ Industry Newsletter.

"It's a low cost solution that simplifies the quality assurance process and reduces time-to-market for the commercial shipment of Java technology-enabled mobile devices," adds Dewar, who is senior director, marketing and business strategy for the newly formed group.

Java manufacturers and service providers who start using the suite, Dewar contends, will be able to focus their efforts on product development. "What the test suite will allow them to do," he says, "is to enhance brand quality and customer loyalty, because apps will never be made commercially available that haven't been quality controlled."

Sun's aiming for OEMs and Java service providers with this summer launch, which was announced at this week's 3GSM World Congress in Cannes, France.

"Sun can offer these manufacturers and service providers expertise in Java technology through more than 5,000 test cases and a centralized execution framework," says Dewar, "allowing them to improve product quality and time-to-market while reducing quality assurance costs and protecting the value of their brand."

They'll also be able to lower engineering costs, he points out, by standardizing and simplifying testing and virtually eliminating the need to manually write quality assurance tests. "What's more," he notes, "the Java Device Test Suite speeds up testing by executing multiple test suites simultaneously, helping to enable multiple test runs and distributing test execution over multiple devices."

JDJ-IN wondered if the tests would cover handsets that adhere to the soon-to-be-released standards of the JTWI initiative, as well as - presumably this is a given - those conforming to the CLDC (Connected Limited Device Configuration) and MIDP (Mobile Information Device Profile) specifications.

"Sure," Dewar explains, "The Java Device Test Suite supports the robust end-to-end security model defined by MIDP 2.0 by quality testing the security API to help ensure that only authorized applications can be installed on the handset and that these can't access resources beyond their defined boundaries."

"This helps assure manufacturers that the handset will adequately protect consumers' personal data," he adds.

Also, Dewar says, the modular design of the Test Suite will allows wireless developers to easily and rapidly plug in additional test suites for new APIs, execute selective test cases, and build and plug in customized tests. "Each individual handset can be tested against over 5,000 test cases in four different categories," he concludes, "functionality, stress, performance, and sandbox security."

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I was hoping to learn from this article what the tests verified (the phone, the base sw, add-on apps?), who and where they would be run in the development process, and perhaps whether they were all canned or require modification by the user to get running. It appears though that this is just a press release.

The winners in this new race will be the first one(s) to put streaming audio/video into a flash engine that runs on a G3.

The question is what does Sun charge for these Test Suites - in my experience seeing the hundreds of thousands they want for compatibility test kits - they will not be able to proliferate their technologies in the current environment.

This is good - but not enough for a company that wants to compete for Technology loyalties.




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