Enterprise J2ME: Developing Mobile Java Applications by Michael Yuan
Book Review Team
Joined: Feb 15, 2002
<pre>Author/s : Michael Yuan Publisher : Prentice Hall / PTR Category :Miscellaneous Java Review by : Lasse Koskela Rating : 8 horseshoes</pre> "Enterprise J2ME" is a toolbox for mobile Java developers involved in developing enterprise-scale applications. A lot of focus is given on available alternatives (both general approaches and product offerings, open source and commercial) for handling the problem of spotty and low-bandwidth connectivity, and on technologies for communicating between the mobile client and enterprise systems. Furthermore, plenty of sample code is available illustrating these techniques in the form of several full-blown sample applications downloadable from the companion website. The book has packed a lot of coverage into less than 500 pages. This inevitably means that many subjects are bypassed rather quickly, referring to sample code for details. Fortunately, Yuan has found a reasonable balance and managed to include sufficient detail in those subjects that interest me the most (networking, on-device databases, XML and web services, and security). I would say that this book is best used as a reference for a mobile application architect wondering what her choices are. On the other hand, the focus on particular products -- proprietary APIs may render some sections of the book outdated once standardization becomes reality in those areas (which Yuan explicitly and repeatedly predicts). All in all, "Enterprise J2ME" is definitely the most comprehensive resource to date for enterprise Java developers having to deal with the new world of smart clients and packs a whole bunch of valuable information and tips for actual implementation.