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Book J2ME Game Programming. Focused on MIDP 1.0. Houston, we have a problem?

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OK, I'm learning Mobile Game Development, and now I decided to start reading "J2ME Game Programming". I already studied the book "CORE J2ME", which is focused on MIDP 2.0. Being J2ME Game Programming a book from 2004, it is focused on MIDP 1.0. The main content is developed with 1.0, (all the source code, the studies on game logic, etc) then in the end it has a chapter about MIDP 2.0, and how to port the content from 1.0 to 2.0, new features, etc. But it is all the 600 pages of the book. Can I read it safely, and then just learn what's new in MIDP 2.0? Or learning gamedev from beginning focused on MIDP 1.0 is no good for me? Thanks.

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In my opinion, MIDP 1.0 and 2.0 isn't much difference if you use for develop game only ( not much hardware access ). so learning MIDP1.0 is should be find. But you should caution that MIDP 1.0 phone is nearly extinction.

I suggest you to follow the one you most suitable with. you shouldn't be concern much on which one you should learn. after you finish one you can adapt to the other with no time.

Chet Chetchaiyan

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In my opinion, MIDP 1.0 and 2.0 isn't much difference if you use for develop game only ( not much hardware access ). so learning MIDP1.0 is should be find. But you should caution that MIDP 1.0 phone is nearly extinction.

I suggest you to follow the one you most suitable with. you shouldn't be concern much on which one you should learn. after you finish one you can adapt to the other with no time.

Chet Chetchaiyan


Thanks. I will keep following the book then, which is MIDP 1.0. And if needed, in the end, I learn the differences in 2.0.

Regards.

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Although starting out with MIDP 1.0 won't hurt, there are quite some differences relevant to making games:

- no transparency in images
- individual pixels images cannot be addressed
- no special game classes (most can be custom implemented, but having GameCanvas is really nice)
- no sound support
- no support for floating point numbers (but they're not used much anyway)
- more (but I forgot)

MIDP 2.0 makes certain things possible or a lot easier, so I shouldn't stick too long with the old version.

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