Dr. Jeff Capone

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Software that leapfrogs the intelligence and usability of wireless devices is quite a captivating pitch, yet we shouldn't forget a similarly proffered claim regarding Java on PCs when it became mainstream in 1995. Ultimately, it never took off on the client side, even though it enjoys tremendous success on the server side, resulting in a dedicated and growing base of developers. What could possibly make a mobile and Java combination so much more compelling and captivating than its somewhat failed union with the PC? Will Java truly occupy the new breed of intelligent mobile devices as its new home? I believe so - and a little bit of history can help explain why. In 1995, it was originally thought that Java's home would be client devices - the PC, Macintosh, or any other computing platform. Developers would use Java to write OS-independent programs (applets) that, when... (more)

Keep Mobile Data and Applications in Sync with Java

Here's a quiz: consider a physician accessing different patients' histories on a PDA while making rounds at a Manhattan hospital versus a field engineer whose responsibility is to monitor and repair sections of an oil pipeline that stretch across 200 miles in Texas. Which professional is able to have continuous access to data and applications - the doctor, who is always connected to the wireless LAN network, or the field worker, who experiences only intermittent connectivity? The answer is both. The doctor and the field engineer can have uninterrupted access to data and applicati... (more)