Developing applications for wireless devices is rife with challenges, including proprietary device operating systems, insufficient standards and usability issues. Nonetheless such development is on the rise, and Java is the language of choice, according to a new report.
The study, from market research firm Evans Data, reported that 30 per cent of 521 developers surveyed plan to use Sun Microsystems' Java 2 Micro Edition for mobile development projects. Developers' second choice was Palm's operating system (25 per cent), followed by Microsoft's Windows CE (22 per cent).
Users say Java enables them to write code that can run on numerous hardware devices. Meanwhile, Microsoft advocates say coding for the Windows CE operating system in languages like Visual C++ and Visual Basic makes development easier.