Alternative Java environment Mysaifu updated

A new, 0.2.3 version of Mysaifu, the new, alternative, free Java environment meant for running stand-alone Java language applications has just been released with some really nice bugfixes (and, unfortunately, with some new bugs). The author of Mysaifu is really active: it was just a few days ago that the previous, 0.2.2 version of this excellent environment was released. Wyvern Probably the most important bugfix makes it possible to play the well-known Java-based multiplayer game "Wyvern" without any problems. Now, also context menus work flawlessly (the only problem with the previous, 0.2.2 version). I really recommend the game – it's free and if you like online multiplayer Role Playing games, you will definitely like this title too. Please read The Definitive Multiplayer PPC Game Roundup for more information on the game.


Java Midlets on the Pocket PC - the Complete Tutorial

UPDATE (late 2007): the article is outdated. Read THIS instead.
(end of update, original article follows)

Midlets are widely known for mobile phone users because a wide variety of games, chatter applications (for example, Internet Relay Chat clients), Web browsers (for example, the excellent Opera Mini), Google Maps cients (for example, Mobile GMaps) etc. are available in a cross-platform midlet form.

I always receive a lot of midlet-related questions (see for example this and this threads; note that they're a bit old and, therefore, do not have the most up-to-date information); this is also why I've decided to write an all-in-one article on all the midlet-related questions. (Needless to say, this article is the first generic, practical overview ever written on this question.)

Opera Mini, the best, free Midlet-based Web browser itself is certainly a reason for learning to run midlets on PPC's. While a bit simple and incapable at the first blick (for example, there's absolutely no support for selecting text and copying it to the clipboard – in this respect, it's like the Thunderhawk browser, which doesn't allow for any kind of such functionality either), you'll soon learn to love to use Opera Mini on your Pocket PC because:


New Versions of Fastest, WM5-compliant, Pocket Internet Explorer applet plugin-enabled Java Virtual Machine, CrEme, out!

I've reported today of the new Mysaifu version. After having published the article, I've noticed that NSICom has released two, brand new versions of their CrEme JVM – now, with WM5 compliance. CrEme is the fastest Java Virtual Machine (JVM) out with moderate system requirements and is, therefore, really worth checking out, particularly if you want to use the great bandwidth reduction tool Toonel or Java applets in Internet Explorer Mobile. The previous versions of CrEme didn't work at all under WM5; they complained about not being able to load gfw/gfwconf and immediately exit. Fortunately, that's no longer the case – the new versions are WM5-compliant and work just great! No article from me without thorough compliance testing. Let's see right away how the new version behaves in the most important usage areas of Pocket PC JVM's!


Java JVM's, Java applets, Toonel and WM5 compliance

EDIT at 01-29-2006: Please note that I've made Jeode work under WM5 in the meantime and also found out that version (as opposed to the latest, one) does work under WM5. Scroll down for the new section added at 01-29-2006 to read the story! I didn't have the time to completely rewrite the entire article.

My latest investigations concerned running Java applets and applications under the latest Windows Mobile version, WM5. As one of the most important Java applications to run on the Pocket PC is Toonel, the best, free bandwidth usage reduction tool for the Pocket PC (please read this blog entry on it), I've also given it special attention, compliance-wise.


Opera Mini Available for Worldwide Download

Opera Mini, a Java-based, not very powerful but free browser, has been officially released by Opera Corp. not just for Norwegian (and, later, Nordic) users, but the entire world. First, one thing must be pointed out. It's questionable whether this browser is worth using on the Pocket PC at all – after all, there're much better alternative browsers, particularly the latest NetFront. Opera Mini has nothing to do with "real", native (non-Java) Pocket PC Opera coming soon to the Pocket PC. It's just a dumbed-down Java-based browser with minimalistic browsing/rendering capabilities. It's working great on Java-enabled mobile phones (even on – the now – low-end, super-cheap ones like the Sony-Ericsson t610) and offers a great browsing experience, though (exactly as with midlet-based IRC clients – see my big roundup on IRC applications for the Pocket PC for more info if interested) – that is, it does have its place under the sun. It's pretty easy to install and use it on the Pocket PC:


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