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Mobile Information Device Profile for Java 2 Micro Edition (J2ME)

 
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<pre>Author/s : C. Enrique Ortiz and Eric Giguere
Publisher : John Wiley & Son
Category : Misc. Java
Review by : Sean MacLean
Rating : 3 horseshoes
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I was genuinely looking forward to learning the finer points of Java wireless device programming and, with this in heart, I read through Ortiz�s and Giguere�s "Mobile Information Device Profile for Java2 Micro Edition" in a few short days (trying out many of the example programs along the way). Unfortunately, this "ultimate guide to creating applications for wireless devices" fell rather short of its goal. The first few chapters provide a nicely detailed introduction to the development environment and the basics of MIDlets. However, what remains in the proceeding chapters includes far too much coverage of basic Java programming techniques and practices along with innumerable source code listings of the Micro Edition classes. For example, the 23 page chapter on security includes a 11 page primer on network security, encryption, and the like, as well as the 11 pages source code of a third party MD5 digest and Https implementations. This leaves a single page for discussion of the topic as it relates to wireless device programming! Adding to this, the book concludes with a 72 page MIDP/CLDC API appendix. Though money isn�t everything, at over 13 cents a page, this is too much.
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