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A couple of newsworthy bits have collected over the past few days:

Cheers,

— Terrence

mwc_logo_11.gif If you’re following the mobile space at all I’m sure you’re well aware of Mobile World Congress (MWC) next week. I won’t be there in person this year, but a number of folks from Oracle will be.

I just wanted to make sure you know that Oracle is offering a series of 25 free workshops at the Oracle Java booth 7C18, covering a range of topics:

  • Benefits of Deploying Phones with Oracle Java Wireless Client
  • Oracle’s Embedded Java solutions for Machine-to-Machine applications
  • Building better User Interfaces with the Lightweight User Interface Toolkit
  • Resources to help you leverage Operator Network APIs in your Applications
  • The Java Verified Program: new trusted status and other recent initiatives
  • Building better mobile enterprise applications with Oracle’s ADF Mobile technology
  • How to build a profitable mobile applications business with Java ME
  • Guest speakers from Orange, Telefonica and from leading ISVs

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As mentioned above these workshops are free, but you need to register. More info here.

Also, Ofir Leitner has updated his “MWC 2011 Parties App” to aggregate the latest news and info on free networking events, receptions, and parties at MWC 2011 in Barcelona. As an added benefit, the app showcases some of the latest Java ME and LWUIT features. Watch the video and download it here.

Cheers,

— Terrence

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I’m sure you’ll find lots of post-mortem/debriefing analysis on last week’s Mobile World Congress so I won’t go into details. Just some high-level observations:

MWC is too large and crowded for its own good – in more ways than one

First, the Fira Conference Center infrastructure is overloaded – long lines everywhere, lousy, overpriced food, overflowing coat checks, awful toilets, hot and stuffy halls, blaring music and high noise levels, etc – you name it. Not a nice experience.

Second, and more importantly, MWC is an indication of how crowded the mobile space has become. There must be a dozen mobile marketing and advertising companies, a dozen mapping/navigation companies, a dozen social networking companies, a dozen location-aware social-something companies, and a dozen of pretty much everything else. Whatever idea you think you might have as a developer, chances are there are already a dozen companies starving for attention already. The shakeout over the next year or two is going to be ugly.

But, surprisingly (or, maybe not), good content is still rare

As everybody is jumping on the mobile bandwagon to cash in on the rage, a lot of crappy apps get thrown into the market. But, despite all the hype and noise, there is still a lot of good and interesting content coming to the Java ME platform (sometimes exclusively) – for example, Tracker Software. This is one of the most interesting location/mapping services I’ve seen in a long time, and very well executed. I will talk about it more in an upcoming blog.

That’s it for today. Cheers,

— Terrence

MWC2010-party-guide.png Talking about Mobile World Congress parties: Check out this cool app by Ofir Leitner. It’s a Java ME app, using LWUIT and the HTMLComponent. Runs beautifully on my Sony Ericsson phone.

Ofir built it over the weekend, but it comes complete with touch-screen support, animations, physics-supported scrolling, transitions, animations, and mapping capabilities. Includes all the free parties. Nice job!

Cheers,

— Terrence

mwc-2010.gifUPDATE:

It’s that time again … Mobile World Congress is upon us next week.

Sun and Oracle will be present in several locations exhibiting technologies, products, and services focused on communication.

At the Oracle Pavilion (AV #44) there will be demonstrations of the Sun Netra 6000 blades, the Oracle Communications Order and Service Management 7.0 solution, and a number of other products. More information and links can be found in the press release.

The Oracle-Sun booth in hall 8 (#8C55) will be all about mobile and wireless technologies, tools, and programs:

There are also a number of events planned by both Oracle and Sun. Come see us at the booth for more information.

I’ll be at the Oracle-Sun booth every day, so please stop by for a chat or to ask questions.

And finally, MWC is known for it’s parties and networking. I’ll definitely be at Swedish Beers – hope to see you there.

Cheers,

— Terrence

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