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Saturday, May 22, 2004
Info-Tech - Software
`Java world is getting wider'
Mr James Gosling, inventor of Java and Chief Technology Officer, Developer Platforms Group, Sun Microsystems, at a lecture in Hyderabad on Friday. A. Roy Chowdhury
Hyderabad , May 21
AS intelligent devices proliferate and more and more people access information and services on handhelds and mobile devices, technology developers face the challenge of bringing in interoperability without disrupting their work to ensure seamless connectivity.
Mr James Gosling, considered the father and inventor of Java, and the Chief Technology Officer of the Developer Platforms Group, Sun Microsystems, said "the Java technology is at the core of these applications and is all about making a few things stable so that the whole system can evolve without breaking down or being held back needlessly.
"In the emerging world of connected devices, we need to shift our focus a bit. Once upon a time, performance was at top of the list. Now performance probably matters the least", he said.
"We care a lot more about reliability, about security, about how things interoperate. The challenge is to see how we deal with all junk that's already out there and may be out there for few more years," Mr Gosling said addressing newspersons on the sidelines of the two-day Sun Tech Days held here.
Speaking about the growing number of Java developers in India, estimated at about 3,00,000, Mr Gosling said the growth of the Internet had been phenomenal. Referring to changes brought about by the likes of NTT DoCoMo in Japan for mobile telephony, through the launch of newer versions of technologies such as Mobile Information Device Protocol or MIDP Version 2, supported by Java, Mr Gosling said the mobile world had already begun to enjoy the benefits of this technology. Handset makers such as Samsung, LG and Nokia support this. From applications servers, database technologies, desktops, cell phones and embedded applications; they are all becoming part of the Java world.
M-tribe, a Java application developer forum, has been created for developing next generation applications for the wireless community. The forum is anchored in the open source movement, which draws upon the best talent worldwide without any distinctions in geographical boundaries.
The aim of the forum is to build a strong community of wireless application developers, support wireless developer community and allow access to a vast store of knowledge and information, and promote the success of the developers by taking to market cutting edge applications.
The innovator of Java, Mr James Gosling, who is also the Chief Technology Officer, Developer Platforms Group at Sun Microsystems, on Friday vested the M-tribe centre at the Sun Tech Days summit.
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