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Kicking Butt with MIDP and MSA: Creating Great Mobile Applications by Jonathan Knudsen

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1. Overview

JAVA TECHNOLOGY IS enjoying a rock star career in the mobile phone industry. After starting in Japan in 1999 as NTT DoCoMo’s i-mode service, the lead singer of the band, the Mobile Information Device Profile (MIDP) is now deployed on over 2.1billion mobile devices worldwide (according to information available at http://java.sun.com/javaone/sf/2007/articles/mobilitygeneralsession.jsp).

This chapter explains why MIDP is such a good fit for mobile devices and describes how MIDP and the rest of the band fit together to form a powerful platform for mobile applications.

1.1. Not Plastics, but Wireless

In an updated version of the 1967 classic The Graduate, the young hero of the film would be urged to get involved in the wireless industry. ...

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