Canoo Java Tool Offers AJAX Alternative for Mobile Apps

Canoo's ULC technology will run on J2ME clients to help with the development of Internet apps for mobile devices and terminals.

Canoo Engineering AG has announced a new version of its tool for building RIAs (rich Internet applications) for mobile devices and thin-client terminals.

Basel, Switzerland-based Canoo this week announced that it has adapted its ULC (UltraLightClient) technology to run on J2ME (Java 2 Micro Edition) clients, enabling the development of rich Internet applications for mobile devices and terminals.

Canoo has developed a sample application to demonstrate an online shopping experience on a PDA. The company will release the prototype behind this application as a new product called ULC Mobile.

ULC is a library to develop RIAs in Java. Canoo said ULC is a pure Java-based alternative to other RIA technologies such as AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) and Macromedia Flex.

Canoo officials said ULC offers a high degree of code maintainability, reliability, scalability, performance and security.

In addition, the ULC Mobile solution runs on both J2SE (Java 2 Standard Edition) and J2ME clients, the company said. And ULC-based applications can be deployed in a J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition) container as a portlet or standalone, Canoo officials said.

A developer license for ULC costs $1,499, including runtime distribution.

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