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All Java ME Goodies Consolidated into One SDK : Page 2

The recently released early access edition of the new Java ME SDK (version 3.0) unites Java ME developer tools for CLDC, CDC, Blu-ray Disc Java, and LWUIT into a single SDK. Find out how it works.


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It Looks Like NetBeans!

When you start the SDK, NetBeans developers may notice an uncanny resemblance to the NetBeans UI (see Figure 2 and Figure 3).


Figure 2. Java ME SDK 3.0 UI: As the Java ME SDK is based on NetBeans, both share a similar user interface as well as some functionality.
 
Figure 3. NetBeans 6 UI: As the Java ME SDK is based on NetBeans, both share a similar user interface as well as some functionality.

Figure 4. The Open Project Dialog in Java ME SDK: The SDK recognizes Java ME projects among other NetBeans shared projects and identifies them with a special icon.

In fact, the SDK is based on the NetBeans platform. The SDK and NetBeans share a project system that allows development to go back and forth between the SDK and NetBeans (for use with the NetBeans Mobility Pack). I had a number of Java ME applications that were built in NetBeans. All I had to do to use the same NetBeans projects in the SDK was to use the Open Project option in the File menu of the SDK and point the SDK to my old NetBeans projects. The SDK's Open Project dialog window even helped identify the Java ME projects from other types of projects in my NetBeans project folder by placing a little Java ME SDK icon next to the folder containing Java ME code (see Figure 4).



For those with projects in the WTK or CDC Toolkits, these projects can be imported/converted into the new toolkit through the New Toolkit dialog. Simply select New Project from the SDK's File menu, and a dialog window will take you through the steps for converting the projects to the NetBeans/Java ME SDK project system (see Figure 5 and Figure 6).


Figure 5. Import a WTK Toolkit Project: To import and convert a WTK Toolkit project into the new SDK, create a new project, but select the import option when creating the new project. This functionality is the same in NetBeans.
 
Figure 6. Import a CDC Toolkit Project: To import and convert a CDC Toolkit project into the new SDK, create a new project, but select the import option when creating the new project. This functionality is the same in NetBeans.



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