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Programming Wireless Devices with the Java™ 2 Platform, Micro Edition, Second Edition by Jim Holliday - Editor, Aleksi Uotila, Mark Patel, Jyri Huopaniemi, Jim Van Peursem, Antero Taivalsaari, Roger Riggs

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1.3. A Bit of History

The Java programming language was initially targeted towards consumer devices, especially the interactive TV market. However, over time the Java platform evolved more and more towards the needs of desktop and enterprise computing. Enterprise applications generally require rich library functionality, and over time the Java libraries grew larger and more comprehensive to cater better to the needs of the enterprise market and large server-side applications. However, this evolution made the libraries too large and unsuitable for the majority of small, resource-constrained devices.

In January 1998, the Spotless project was started at Sun Microsystems Laboratories (Sun Labs) to investigate the use of the Java programming language ...

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