Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Oct 2007 21:23 UTC
Java Sun's starting to phase out mobile Java that's been the standard on cellphones and other small devices in favor of their standard edition, which are made for PCs everywhere. Sun VP James Gosling's reasoning for shifting everyone over to Java Standard Edition is because 'cellphones and TV set-top boxes are growing up', meaning they're getting enough processing power to handle all the demands of full-featured Java.
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RE: argh
by sbergman27 on Tue 23rd Oct 2007 17:18 UTC in reply to "argh"
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I don't have a phone capable of running Java. But I have to wonder just how well WORA actually works on such diverse (and limited) hardware, with diverse display resolutions, input methods, ram quantity, etc.

My first encounter with write once, run anywhere, was over twenty years ago with a product called ZBasic. It had all these screen scaling capabilities and other capability mapping abstractions that sounded great. But writing the same app for my Apple ][ and my DOS box, I quickly saw the pitfalls of WORA on diverse devices. A decade and a half of making various applications work with a range of different serial terminals didn't make me any more sanguine about such things. Anyone who has ever supported WordPerfect 4.x or 5.x on Unix should know what I mean.

Edited 2007-10-23 17:19

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