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Mobile Information Device Profile for Java 2 Micro Edition: Professional Developer's Guide (Professional Developer's Guide Series) Paperback – 14 Dec 2001

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"...good for getting a feel for the current state of play in wireless mobile computing..." (Computer Bulletin, September 2002)

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Master the newest way of creating applications for wireless devices!

Mobile Information Device Profile for Java(TM) 2 Micro Edition
Professional Developer′s Guide

As the first Java 2 Micro Edition (J2ME) profile, the Mobile Information Device Profile (MIDP) brings the power of Java to handheld devices like cell phones, interactive pagers, and personal digital assistants (PDAs). With this practical, hands–on reference, you′ll learn how to create MIDP applications, with real development scenarios covering user interfaces, database networking, XML, security, and more. This timely book follows on the heels of Giguère′s Java 2 Micro Edition to offer you the definitive guide to understanding and using the Mobile Information Device Profile.

This complete guide to MIDP programming covers such topics as:
∗ The basics of J2ME
∗ How to build and run MIDP applications
∗ MIDP programming examples
∗ The MIDP user interface model
∗ Persisting data with MIDP
∗ Using HTTP as a way to exchange data with servers on the Internet
∗ The importance of security for wireless devices
∗ Writing MIDP applications that use XML
∗ Future directions of MIDP

The companion Web site at updates the material in the book and provides additional examples and resources as well as current links to the various specifications and toolkits mentioned throughout the book.

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The Professional Developer′s Guide series provides the first in–depth look at recent or emerging programming technologies. Experienced programmers and developers will find comprehensive coverage of new programming standards as well as code, sample programs, developer′s tools, and applications that will make programming for a new technology much easier.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book about MIDP 17 Dec. 2001
By Veijo Länsikunnas - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book contains good introduction to the emerging MID profile of the J2ME platform. It also provides also good information for developers who are familiar with the J2ME environment.
Superb introduction (about 50 pages)
Good background information abotu the platform and clear pictures of how the HTTP connection works.
Next version of MIDP is also commented
Good examples! Nobody wants to see "Hello World!" in this kind of books.
Nice coverage of UI features, which gives instant enlightment how it all works.
Security issues are handled well. You can't write too much about it.
Small XML-parser are also reviewed. With MIDP the size of the parser is really an issue.
Excellent tech tips.
Quick reference is redundant as the API contains about all information.
Some pictures are far too small.
Database connections should have been explained more.
Where's the source code? Can it be downloaded somewhere?
SOAP is there, where is SyncML?
IDE features and references should have been left out.
Summa summarum:
Excellent book for everyone who is interested in developing mobile applications with Java. The introduction is also useful for the less technical folks working in marketing and project management.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
excellent introduction 13 Nov. 2002
By SQ - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book has been great for me; it provided the right level of detail when I first started working with J2ME and covered all the main areas that I needed to delve into. One year later, I still dip into the book and find useful info there. I like the way it's written - clear, concise, not a boring read. I heartily recommend it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A MIDP Primer 25 Jan. 2002
By Edward M Pratt - Published on
Format: Paperback
Making the switch from programming for the regular J2SE environment to programming for J2ME MIDP can be quite a challenge. Excluding the brief introduction to J2ME MIDP and also a MIDP/CLDC API reference, this book dedicates about 60% of its content to addressing three of the more challenging areas:
1) Application lifecycle of MIDlets
2) GUI
3) Persistent storage
This focus is understandable since mastery of these new areas is key for proficient MIDP application development.
Other valuable areas that won't cause Java developers too much difficulty include the following:
1) Network communication
2) Security
3) The use of XML
4) Techniques for writing better MIDP applications
For those developers who've been tasked with delivering MIDP applications, then this book is a useful addition to the bookshelf. Take note of the practices for writing better MIDP applications - once you test your MIDlets on *real* devices, and not on emulators, you'll understand why it's important to program efficiently.
Eddie Pratt
Product Manager
PointBase, Inc.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Very Good Book and Reference 22 Dec. 2001
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
I've bought one of Eric Guigere's previous books, and I was very pleased with the content and the quality of the text. Eric Guigere is a co-author is this book. I am really pleased that the authors of this book make their title a very good reference. If you're like me, and you don't have a lot of time read an entire book cover to cover, then this book is for you. After a few dedicated hours on a couple of chapers, I was able to get my examples up and running.
This book covers GUI programming a little more in-depth, and I am REALLY pleased that these guys included examples and code on multithreading.
Companion websites tend to add to the life of a book. And if you're still undecided, be sure to check out the companion website..
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Comprehensive 14 Jan. 2002
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
The authors do a superb job of covering MIDP in depth, in a very concise format. It's nice to see that they didn't follow the trend of creating a 1000 page book just to have a 1000 page book. The text quickly and clearly explains the MIDP profile. The examples are very helpful, presenting real world situations that any MIDP developer is likely to encounter. The sections on networking and security are excellent. I would definitely recommend this book if you are serious about J2ME.
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