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34 Developing Java Applications for Small Devices Using Eclipse

Monday, 27 October – 8:30-17:00 Full day

Chris Laffra, IBM Canada, Chris_Laffra@ca.ibm.com
Michael van Meekeren, IBM Canada, Michael_van_Meekeren@ca.ibm.com

Eclipse is an increasingly popular Java-based open-source tooling platform. The platform provides support for Java program development, such as editing, compiling and debugging, and it is readily extensible through its plug-in mechanism. We have been involved in the development of a set of plug-ins that support the building and launching of embedded applications (with support for various platforms, such as J2ME/MIDP, PocketPC and PalmOS). We will show how applications can be developed, compiled, analyzed and compressed to fit on really small devices. We will demonstrate how to debug applications running in either an emulator or on a real device.

We will also discuss how these Eclipse plug-ins were developed, what trade-offs we encountered, and what lessons we learned, and we will offer suggestions that will benefit (future) Eclipse plug-in writers. The tutorial will also include a demonstration of writing an actual plug-in for Eclipse.

This technical tutorial will include lots of actual code and reports on practical experience. We will provide background information on developing Java applications for resource-constrained environments, such as PalmOS, and explain what Java standardization processes are under way in this area.

Attendee background

Prerequisites: Attendees must have basic experience with Java and any interactive development environment.


Lecture and demonstrations


Chris Laffra obtained his PhD at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. At IBM Research, he worked on visualization of object-oriented programs. Then he worked at Morgan Stanley, a Wall Street investment bank, on user interface tool development, and component infrastructures. After returning to IBM Research, Chris worked on Java tools to enable program analysis, debugging, visualization, compression, and optimization. Chris led the OTI Amsterdam lab for 3.5 years and now works for IBM from its Ottawa lab, contributing to Eclipse-based development tools for embedded Java applications.

Michael Van Meekeren obtained his BCS from Acadia in 1994. He is a senior developer with IBM Ottawa labs (formerly known as Object Technology International), and has played an active role in the development of IBM Smalltalk, VisualAge for Java and WebSphere Studio Device Developer.