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Motorola seeks mobile unity at JavaOne

Eclipse and Motorola will use a JavaOne conference in the San Francisco in order to unveil the open source initiatives present in the mobile development and in modeling, respectively. Citing fragmentation present in JavaME (Java Micro Edition) world, the Motorola shall issue the call to unify the mobile Java. It shall offer its Java sample test cases and test framework via open source, with the objective of producing more common and open environment for the Java platforms. Motorola too will develop under the open process a compliance test and reference implementation for the Java Specification Requests driven by Motorola, such as the MIDP (Mobile Information Device Profiles) 3.0 specification. By making the test cases and test frameworks available via the open source, the Motorola is searching for the development of broader mobile ‘n’ software ecosystem for the Java, with the objective of yielding to “write-once and run everywhere” capabilitlies of implementation.

Under the Motorola’s plan, the developers shall be able to use the MIDP3 without the license, told Mark VandenBrink, chief architect and senior director for the Mobile Device Software at the Motorola. By developing a test compliance and reference implementation kit in the open source style, Motorola desires to increase the commonality. Currently, the handset maker licenses the JSR from some other company and then performs changes to reference implementation so as to make that work on the phone. This is performed over and over, resulting in the platform variations, as per Motorola. “Now-a day, we have several versions of Java because we have several companies implementing Java in different methods. In the industry, the real push is to get all to the common platform,” said Mark VandenBrink.

Motorola is aspiring to lead the industry effort in order to unify the Java on all cell phones; however it is little bit of gamble, told John Jackson, the senior analyst at Yankee Group. In addition, as part of the JavaOne rollout, the Motorola is unmasking OpenSource.Motorola.com, the online resource for sharing the source code, original projects of open source, information and ideas with the open source developers around the globe. The Eclipse Foundation, in the meanwhile, has announced the unification of various modeling projects under the unique, top-level project. The organization for open source tools also will announce that the EPIC (Eclipse Plug-in Central) community portal which is launched by three member companies of Eclipse shall be under the Eclipse jurisdiction now.

The new Modeling Project of Eclipse focuses on the development technologies within the Eclipse based on models. It unites the existing projects under the same umbrella in order to improve interoperability, unify direction and foster collaboration.

Current modelling projects involve:

* Eclipse Modeling Framework, the code generation and modeling framework and code and the applications are based on structured data model.

* Unified Modeling Language v2.0, providing the implementation of UML 2.x meta model for Eclipse platform.

*Graphical Modeling Framework, offering components and infrastructure for developing modeling surfaces and visual design.

* Generative Modeling Tools, a project to offer research tools in model-driven development area.

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