Getting started with Wireless development

So my old trusty Nokia phone started going on the fritz and I was faced with a choice, buy a new phone with fancy features, or an older model that was cheap. I decided to buy the new hotness Motorola E398. I don’t regret it now because I started using some of the bundled apps and was pleased to discover that they were in fact Java based applications.
So being the geek that I am, I started researching how these apps were built and came across this page, which shows how to get started with J2ME, the Java 2 Micro Edition which is used to program mobile applications. This kit is quite useful, I didn’t even need to have a Java-enabled phone to test my apps since it has its own phone emulator (although if i never bought the phone I wouldn’t have realised how cool mobile apps could be). All it lacks is an editor, but for us Notepad, Kate/KWrite or Eclipse inclined this is no problem.
I think I finally found a new area of technology that has me as intrigued as when i first started learning HTML when the Internet now hit Trinidad in 1996/1997. I’ll make sure to blog more links about this sort of stuff when I hit them and learn, perhaps I’ll actually write an interesting app or two and post those to the site as well.
Wireless Development Tutorial Part 1 is a getting started link that teaches you the basic “Hello World” app when it comes to the wireless world. Hope other local Trinis (students and hobbyists alike) join in this quest to see how far we can go programming mobile apps on our own.

Opera browser – yet another alternative to IE

I was catching up on TWITcasts recently and got reminded of the first alternative to IE other than Netscape I ever played with. At the point I first started using Opera it was because it was extremely small in terms of download size compared to the increasingly bloated Netscape and IE options. I am glad to say that with version 8 it is still very small, and works nicely. I have only been using it 5 minutes, but I can see it does render pages I normally visit a bit faster. Good feature I noticed: If I close the browser it remembers what web pages were loaded in the tabs. Bad feature I noticed as well: I can’t press Ctrl+Enter with the name of a site to prepend “www” and append “.com” to it. It has a built in RSS reader under the Feeds option, but this just seems a little less useful than Firefox’s bookmarks toolbar.

Opera browser
The most full-featured Internet power tool on the market, Opera includes pop-up blocking, tabbed browsing,
integrated searches, and advanced functions like Opera’s groundbreaking E-mail program, RSS
Newsfeeds and IRC chat. And because we know that our users have different needs, you can
customize the look and content of your Opera browser with a few clicks of the mouse.