Being totally into mobile development at the moment, I was preparing myself to fight against the lack of official development tools for mobile on the mac platform.
To compile a J2ME app on this platform is not easy at all, wanna talk about symbian?
The tools form Sun and Symbian/Nokia Forum are for windows only, probably because of the Intel specific instructions, but I don’t wanna go too deep into it.
The hope on J2ME comes from MPowerPlayer, which is the only working MIDP2 capable emulator and libraries package available on mac.
It’s completely Java based and runs pretty well.
Another alternative is to use ME4SE, which points at porting the J2ME (still relying on Java1.4) to Java 2 (1.5).
The project is open-source, and I’m willing to look into it, although I’m using MPP at the moment.
Then today I was looking for something to deploy Symbian applications (.sis) on mac, and I was pretty hopeless until my google (god bless it) search returned this site and its exciting headline:
Xcode Plugin for Symbian OS – 27-Mar-2006: Xcode Plugin 1.0 released
Having installed XCode last night to get some MIDP code to compile (with no success so far), I decided I’ll give it a try, and finally start doing some C and Symbian (the thing I hate the most is have to wait for people to develop for me, when I know I could do it.)
My extensive google searches and some tips from Rui Carmo‘s wiki got me a small collection of useful links.
J2ME on mac
Florian Beer wrote a tutorial explaining how to use it with NetBeans (using the Linux mobility pack and tweaking it on mac).
MobUser writes about how to configure Eclipse to use MPowerPlayer or ME4SE.
J2ME Polish is a nice set of tools/libraries to ease mobile java development.
Symbian (UIQ, S60 2.x, S80)
So far I just found Tomsci’s Xcode plugin, but I think it’s enough for now.
I keep looking for new tutorials and stuff about mobile development, mainly targeting Nokia’s devices for work reasons.
My del.icio.us mobile collection is always up-to-date
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