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Eclipse MTJ – Help Wanted

September 19th, 2009 2 comments

Given Motorola’s push into the Android space, it comes as no surprise that they are trimming down the number of developers on the Eclipse Mobile Tools for Java project.  MTJ project lead, Christian Kurzke, announced via the mailing list that three of the key “Motorola sponsored” developers have been reassigned to a different project and will no longer be sponsored to develop the Eclipse MTJ features.  The good news is that Gustavo, Diego and David have expressed interest in continuing to be involved as individual contributors.  In addition, Jon Deardon from Research In Motion will most likely be joining the list of official contributors very soon.

As Christian pointed out via his email, now would be an excellent time to consider getting involved in the Eclipse MTJ project.  Even something as simple as being involved on the mailing list can help us out.  If you are a mobile developer using Eclipse Mobile Tools for Java, consider contributing a patch to provide a cool new feature or to fix the bug that annoys you the most.  Not a developer, but still want to contribute?  We can always use help with documentation and project marketing.  Pitch in and lend a hand!

Cool BlackBerry API Support

July 21st, 2009 Comments off

In my last post, I was pretty negative about the available BlackBerry user interface controls.  While that fact hasn’t changed, I didn’t want to leave the impression that the BlackBerry API’s provide nothing to developers.  The API’s provide lots of interesting functions including the ability to extend menus within other applications.  Take a look at the following from the default messaging application on a 4.5 device.

Before Facebook Installation

Before Facebook Installation

This shows the menu in this application before installing the Facebook application.  After installation, you can see that the Facebook application has added a new menu item to this application.

After Facebook Installation

After Facebook Installation

This is a pretty nice feature of the API.  Although I don’t have actual code to show for this, my assumption is that this is provided by using:

API’s like this allow for incredible integration with the rest of the applications on the device, opening up many very interesting opportunities.

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Eclipse Galileo Released – MTJ 1.0 Joins The Train

June 24th, 2009 Comments off

The Eclipse Project has released version 3.5 of the Eclipse platform as part of the Galileo Release Train.  There are announcements and discussions all over the place, like here, here and here.  The question is where is the love for the Mobile Tools for Java?  The Galileo release marks the graduation of the Mobile Tools for Java project from incubation, providing a solid set of tools for JavaME development in Eclipse.  The involvement from the various member companies has been excellent during the development of MTJ and transition from EclipseME.  I have to admit that I’m a bit disappointed at the lack of coverage of the release.  Pass the word that MTJ is the way to develop for JavaME.

The Pulsar project also saw an initial early release with Galileo.  I will provide some background on this project in an upcoming post.

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ZBerry Story Library

June 21st, 2009 Comments off

I’ve decided to dub this little hobby project ZBerry (BlackBerry Z-Machine Interpreter).  I made some progress this weekend allowing stories to be selected from the file system via a new “library” view.

ZBerry Library Selection

ZBerry Library Selection

I need to add some suspend/resume support before this thing becomes really very usable on a phone, but some progress anyway…

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BlackBerry drawText Alignment and Anchors

June 15th, 2009 Comments off

I was recently struggling to understand how to text alignment works with the BlackBerry Graphics drawText function.  Having developed for MIDP on JavaME for a number of years, I found that the way the BlackBerry API works is a bit counter-intuitive until you understand how it works.  I expected that this code would work, based on JavaME:

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