froscon2009 - 1.0

Free and Open Source Software Conference

Robert Virkus
Day Day 2 (2009-08-23)
Room HS6
Start time 16:30
Duration 01:00
ID 311
Event type Podium
Track Java
Language used for presentation English

Open Source Tools for Mobile Developers

An overview focusing on mobile Java technologies

When developing applications for mobile handsets, one of the main challenges is device fragmentation: Numerous different APIs, screen resolutions, and operation systems make it impossible to write one version of a mobile software which will perform consistently on any device. To get an application work on several operation systems, many developers chose Java. It is relatively easy to get started and you can target a wide range of devices. Different toolsets and device databases can be found in the market that help mobile Java developers overcoming these issues, many of them are offered under an Open Source License. Robert Virkus, CEO of Enough Software gives a general overview on the available solutions which are out there.

  • Device Fragmentation: the constant challenge for mobile developers
  • Open Source device databases: WURFL, J2ME Polish and others
  • Open Source development toolsets: J2ME Polish, Micro Emulator, LWUIT
  • Beyond Java: Porting to Android etc.