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  • Paperback: 482 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (30 Mar. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 059600253X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596002534
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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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.

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"If you know Java and need to develop J2ME applications, this is an essential resource." -- Major Keary, Book News 2002 No 10

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I was taking a look at Java apps for mobile phones and this book managed to get me off the starting grid to having my own written midlets that could be downloaded from my own web site in just a couple of days.
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.
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As part of the award winning Nutshell series this J2ME edition covers every nuance relating to programming micro technology. The reason why so many programmers enjoy the nutshell books is due to their friendly - yet informative - editorial style. In keeping with the rest of the series, J2ME in a nutshell is split into 2 distinct sections: the first being a comprehensive tutorial and the second a quick look-up API reference. Unlike other API reference listings the author has included his own useful comments to bring context to the class packages.
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.
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No doubt well written and probably one of the best of its time although its far out of date.

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.
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Good book which I needed at time for college course I was doing.

Probably dated now however, but if author has anything recent would be worth taking a look!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book 3 April 2003
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I liked it, it allowed me (senior level engineer) to learn enough to get some work done in short order.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good reference, lots of information 25 Oct. 2002
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J2ME in a Nutshell is exactly that. Coming in at 432 pages, this book packs of lot of information into not a lot of space. It is probably not the best book on the market for learning J2ME, but there is so much information in here that it is worth reading, even if it is your first J2ME book. The book is fairly complete, although it does have limited CDC information, as most CDC profiles were still in the JCP at the time of writing. Still, there is a great deal of valuable information in the book, and it will serve quite well as a desktop reference.
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.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More of a reference 25 Jan. 2004
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The reader from Columbia, SC, said it right: this book is a reference, not a place to learn J2ME. Like the other books in O'Reilly's "In a Nutshell" family, the book has two parts: a quick rundown on the features of J2ME, and a reference part on all the details of the language. The book's audience is someone who already knows something about the J2ME platform, such as how it looks, how it runs on a PC, and how it produces the code you can upload to a device. If you want to see a tutorial type of book on J2ME, you won't find it here. Since I never learned Java completely, I find it difficult to follow the book. If you already know Java well, you may find the book easier to follow, although again you won't find detailed, step-by-step sample programs.
In short, probably great for someone already programming in J2ME; not helpful for someone wishing to learn J2ME.
2.0 out of 5 stars for the novice 4 Mar. 2005
By P. John - Published on Amazon.com
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The information in the book was meant for the beginner. Half the page is filled with reference to classes & packages which are available free on the web on java.sun.com

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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Needs a second edition ... 26 July 2005
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This book does not cover MIDP 2.0, only MIDP 1.0. This makes it uninteresting to buy it. Are the authors considering a 2nd edition?

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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