Geekspeak: June 25, 2001

By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2001-06-25 Print this article Print

Mobile OS Puts Java Development at Your Fingertips

Just like their full-size desktop and laptop brethren, PDAs and other mobile devices must run useful applications to earn their keep. However, handheld application development presents different and often tougher challenges than standard PC development.

A new mobile operating system option from Savaje Technologies (its pronounced "savage"), called Savaje XE, enables mobile application developers to write full Java 2 platform applications and run them on a handheld or embedded device.

Although virtual machines for Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition and Personal Java have been available for Windows CE, Palm and Epoc devices for some time, poor performance on these platforms as well as the restrictions to slimmed-down versions of Java have hampered the popularity of these systems.

I took the beta release of Savaje XE for a spin on a Compaq iPaq, replacing Windows CE with the Java-optimized operating system in flash ROM. Although the beta was rough around the edges, I was impressed with the speed with which it ran the included Java apps.

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As Editor in Chief of eWEEK Labs, Jason Brooks manages the Labs team and is responsible for eWEEK's print edition. Brooks joined eWEEK in 1999, and has covered wireless networking, office productivity suites, mobile devices, Windows, virtualization, and desktops and notebooks. Jason's coverage is currently focused on Linux and Unix operating systems, open-source software and licensing, cloud computing and Software as a Service. Follow Jason on Twitter at jasonbrooks, or reach him by email at

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