Nokia Backs Eclipse for Building Apps

The mobile communications giant is supporting the platform in new versions of the Nokia Developers Suite for J2ME version 2.2 and the Nokia Mobile Server Services SDK.

SAN FRANCISCO—Nokia extended its support for Java development by announcing support of the Eclipse platform for developers building applications to run on its phones and devices.

The Helsinki, Finland-based mobile communications giant announced support for the open-source development platform Tuesday at the JavaOne Conference here. And Pertti Korhonen, chief technology officer at Nokia Corp., delivered a keynote presentation at the conference highlighting the companys commitment to Java.

Meanwhile, DArcy Salzmann, senior manager of product management and tools partners at Nokia, said at a news event Wednesday that support for the Eclipse integrated development environment (IDE) is included in new versions of the Nokia Developers Suite for J2ME (Java 2 Micro Edition), version 2.2, and the Nokia Mobile Server Services SDK (software developer kit).

The tools are now available for free to members of the Forum Nokia Pro developers program, said Lee Epting, vice president of developer operations at Nokia. Epting said the tools first go to the Nokia Forum Pro membership, a paid, elite-level developer community, and then to the overall Nokia Forum community after a month or two.

Salzmann said Nokia sees Eclipses primary benefit as its ability to easily integrate more and new tools into the IDE as Eclipse plug-ins.

"We started this investigation into Eclipse at the grass-roots level, and the end result is we have our first products here," Salzmann said. "Were also looking at Eclipse as a C++ development environment." The CDT, or C/C++ Development Tools, is a plug-in for Eclipse developed by QNX Software Systems Ltd.

The Nokia Developers Suite (NDS) for J2ME provides developers with utilities for creating and deploying MIDP (Mobile Information Device Profile) 1.0 and MIDP 2.0 applications. It can be used either alone or as an integrated plug-in to Borland Software Corp.s JBuilder, IBM Corp.s WebSphere, Sun Microsystems Inc.s Sun ONE Studio and now Eclipse, Salzmann said.

Applications written with NDS for J2ME can be deployed to any Nokia developer platform SDK with MIDP, such as Series 40, Series 60, Series 80 or Series 90, the company said.

"Going forward, we have a really good rapport with our developer community," Salzmann said. "The initial feedback is weve gotten it right the first time, and were seeing mostly kudos."

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