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Hi I want to get into J2ME programming, but have no idea where to start. I have experience with several OO programming languages (including C++), but have never used Java. I don''t even know where to start. I take it you need some sort of bytecode compiler - where can I get this from? What exactly do I need to start programming in Java? Also, will I be able to run J2ME apps on a PC with a Java VM? If not, is there some sort of emulator I can use? Sorry if these questions are answered in the FAQ, but it seems to be offline right now. Thanks. [teamonkey]

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You need JDK1.4.1_02 from http://java.sun.com

Then you'll nee the J2ME developer's kit from there as well.

Then you probably want an IDE to develop with; my own favourite is Eclipse but a lot of people get on with IntelliJ and NetBeans to name but two other alternatives (there's a refreshing number of IDEs about). There are some IDEs specially for J2ME development - IBM's Visual Age Micro Edition and Borland have an addon too for JBuilder.

Sorry, was feeling a little negative there

Cas

[edited by - princec on March 7, 2003 10:41:26 AM]

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You can also use JCreator for your IDE, it is pretty straightforward and it is free. You can download it at

http://www.jcreator.com/

There are also tons of examples and tutorials on how to get Java up and running on the web, just do a google search.

Most IDEs allow you to specify your compiler. I like the Jikes compiler, it is an open-source java compiler from IBM. It is much much faster than javac, and I think tends to give more concise error messages.


Hope that helps.



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Thanks guys. I''ve now downloaded the SDK and the wireless development package, and now realise that MIDP1.0 sucks beyond all belief. No wonder 99% of the Java phone games are rubbish

Now waiting for a MIDP2.0 phone to come out...

[teamonkey]

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