Mobile applications like handhelds are little more than glorified paperweights unless developers have the tools to write applications for them. With that in mind, Borland has released an add-on to its JBuilder Java development environment.
The vendor has released JBuilder MobileSet 1.03, compliant with Sun Microsystems' J2ME (Java 2 Platform, Mobile Edition) emulation environment. Essentially it allows developers using JBuilder to deploy applications that can run on both traditional devices (such as PCs) and a new range of Java-enabled handheld devices.
The toolkit is available as a free download for users of JBuilder Personal edition, but users will need to purchase a licence for JBuilder Professional or Enterprise editions for the development of commercial applications.
Borland already has similar toolkits for phone manufacturers such as Siemens and Nokia.
"Borland believes mobile devices will have more of a transformative effect on the computing industry than the PC did," said Andrew Munroe, managing director of Borland Australia and New Zealand, at an annual developers conference in Melbourne last month.
Munroe said Borland's aim is to create tools that enable the development of a single application that can run in pieces on various devices.