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Does this cost?

Steve Wood
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Joined: Jan 08, 2003
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I'm very new to java development on mobile devices and am really unclear about the following:
If I build an application in java (using the Java Personal Profile), do I need to get a license for the runtime for every device that uses it?
Are there any community implementations of the Java Personal Profile JVM?
Basically, what am I getting myself into if I build something for Pocket PC 2003? Am I going to have to work the JVM into my license fee?
I have to say, mobile development with Java is really really unclear.
Any help is very much appreciated.
Michael Yuan
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Joined: Mar 07, 2002
Posts: 1427
The IBM WebSphere Micro Edition (WME)
is a PPC 2003 runtime for CDC and Personal Profile. You can get a free developer trial (no time limit) if you download the IBM WebSphere Studio Device Developer (WSDD) IDE
My book "Enterprise J2ME" details the steps on how to install and use WME and WSDD in an appendix. For production purposes, I think you can download WME deployment licenses for $6 each from Handango.

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Fred Grott
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Joined: Oct 05, 2002
Posts: 346
Steve, no
application developers do not need to acquire a license for each runtime at some costs most of the time its free..
the only thing you should worry about at this point is getting the runtimes or emulators/sdks for your device targets..
you will find a complete list, as mentioned on several Sun emulator articles at:

MobileBytes blog - Sharing Technology - My Programming Knols
Steve Wood
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Joined: Jan 08, 2003
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Thanks guys, I'll have a look.
I agree. Here's the link:
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