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J2ME in a Nutshell (In a Nutshell (O'Reilly)) Paperback – 30 Mar 2002
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Designed for writing programs that need to fit into embedded systems and other small environments, Java 2 Micro Edition (J2ME) has minimal resource requirements. J2ME in a Nutshell explains the J2ME way of doing things with a particularly handy mix of API documentation and example-centric tutorials. Kim Topley uses the proven Nutshell format to explain J2ME concisely but thoroughly. For the sorts of people who will be writing embedded applications in Java--programmers with experience either in other Java environments or with other embedded systems environments--this is a very good way of conveying information.
You can read this book, like all Nutshell books, from front to back in an effort to become familiar with its eponymous technology. More often, though, you'll search for a particular aspect of J2ME (particular graphical user interface elements, say, or over-the-air provisioning of MIDlet suites) and read Topley's prose explanations and annotated example code. These treatments are frequently enough to help you overcome stumbling blocks you encounter in the development process. If you're just looking for a reminder of how various classes work (their properties and methods, their return types, and their relationships to other pieces of J2ME), turn to the comprehensive J2ME API reference. Helpfully, it's not dry documentation: Topley comments on how to use each. --David Wall
Topics covered: Java 2 Micro Edition (J2ME) generally, and classes within it specifically. In addition to an annotated API reference, this book holds a lot of information about graphical user interfaces (GUIs) for small devices, the special considerations of designing applications for wireless environments, the Mobile Information Device Profile (MIDP) and MIDlets.
"If you know Java and need to develop J2ME applications, this is an essential resource." -- Major Keary, Book News 2002 No 10See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
Not only does the book take you back to Java basics to give you complete understanding of the cut-down Java classes for J2ME but also provides a complete detailed reference to those classes and how best to utilise them.
First class although unsurprisingly you do need a working knowledge of J2SE before you start.
MIDP has some very annoying issues, especially when trying to get your software to be 100% compatible with all JAVA enabled devices. This book is the most comprehensive - yet readable - guide we've found to help you over these compatibility pitfalls.
If your willing to put in the work to find out what methods have replaced the deprecated ones and how to make things work for you then its a good introduction.
Personally I advise finding a more up to date book and learning from that instead.
Probably dated now however, but if author has anything recent would be worth taking a look!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
The book is organized well, leading the user through the CLDC, and the most popular CLDC profile, MIDP. I particularly appreciate the way MIDP has been separated into various parts, making it easier to find the specific information I want. In addition, I also liked the extra sections dealing with J2ME specific tools, and how to load J2ME applications onto Palm OS, something many other books fail to deal with.
In all, this book may not be the only J2ME book I need, but it will doubtless be one that I refer to repeatedly as I develop with this platform.
In short, probably great for someone already programming in J2ME; not helpful for someone wishing to learn J2ME.
Dont understand the need to be paying for free information.
The author seems did not have enough material or information to fill the book. A slightly better book is "Java on PDAs: Developing Applications for PocketPC and Palm Devices" by Daryl Wilding-Mcbride.
Still the book follows the classic nutshell O'Reilly style and is useful as a desktop quick reference.
A good aspect also is that unlike other books, it covers some CDC-based PDA programming.
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