Developers Choose Java over Palm OS, Pocket PC

by David Sims

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Evans Data Corp. surveyed 500 wireless developers and found that almost one third will target forms of Java (especially J2ME) for application development. The Palm Operating System was second choice with 24.5%, followed closely by Microsoft's Pocket PC platform. The interesting thing to me abou this study is that it clearly lumps together developing for mobile phones with developing for handhelds, like the Palm models or the Compaq iPaq. Java may become a popular platform for phones; indeed, it's already running on mobile phones, including some iMode phones that NTT DoCoMo is selling. But other than highly-publicized token attempts to port it to Palm, I can't think of any handheld computers running Java. Can you?