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Mobile Industry Collaborates to Advance Java Platform Micro Edition
Posted: 03-Jun-2009 [Source: Unified Test Initiative]

[JATAF (Java Application Terminal Alignment Framework) open source project announced creating an industry-wide collaboration to streamline testing of apps across mobile devices.]

San Francisco -- Members of the mobile industry working within the Unified Test Initiative (UTI), today announced new Java Verified™ program capabilities and the launch of JATAF (Java™ Application Terminal Alignment Framework), a new open source project where members of the global Java™ Platform Micro Edition (Java ME) ecosystem are collaborating to streamline testing of applications across a wide range of mobile phones and handheld devices. These initiatives provide developers with enhanced testing features to make it easier and faster to deliver a variety of Java-based mobile devices and applications to businesses and consumers worldwide. Today’s release opens the door to new revenue opportunities across the entire Java eco-system and demonstrates how the mobile industry is working together to address fragmentation issues.

“At the 2008 JavaOne(SM) conference executives from Orange, Sony Ericsson and Sun made a commitment to address Java fragmentation, which is due in part to Java's rapid growth to over 2.6 billion Java-enabled phones in the marketplace today,” said Martin Wrigley, chair of UTI, director of technology, Orange Partner Program. “All parties agreed that the Java mobile industry must collaborate in order to maximize ROI opportunities as the ecosystem evolves to focus on an enhanced user experience. Today’s deliverables show what can be achieved through collaboration.”

New Java Verified Program Capabilities – Expanded Capabilities for Application Testing

As a program managed by the UTI, the Java Verified program has met the industry needs for testing and signing for five years, supporting the design, usability and sales of high quality mobile Java applications. Enhancements released today provide developers with new tools for ensuring quality throughout the entire testing process and the ability to test applications across a greater number of devices at a significant cost savings compared to previous testing models. Highlights of the new Java Verified program capabilities include:

Publisher ID – The Publisher ID is a tamper-proof digital certificate that identifies the origin of the application and authenticates the identity of the person or company providing it. This identifier builds accountability, trust and quality assurance across the submission, signing and verification process.

R&D Signing – R&D signing allows developers to test their applications and insure that they will behave properly and as expected on a “live” device during the development process. This can allow for faster implementations because developers can correct functionality issues prior to ending the testing process.

Streamlined Test Procedures – New UTC v 3.0 testing criteria has been streamlined so that developers can continue to test applications, against a wide variety of devices, but in a more cost effective manner. Developers will find these new options valuable because repeat testing on multiple devices is now handled via one full test per platform, and reduced testing on the other devices in the platform. This makes the testing process faster, easier and less expensive.

"We are pleased to see the Java Verified program addressing important fragmentation issues by delivering enhanced application testing resources to the Java ME developer community," said Brent Melson, Director of Technology Solutions and Development at Intertek-NSTL. "As the authorized Java Verified test house we have applied the new UTC v 3.0 procedures to testing applications on multiple devices. UTC v 3.0 can greatly reduce the total cost of getting a Java application to market. These significant savings provide Java ME developers with new options for driving more business and consumer applications into the global marketplace."

In conjunction with today’s news, UTI has launched a new Java Verified program website with new content, features and resources. All of the enhancements announced today are detailed on the site at www.javaverified.com. The site also links to a new Java Verified program testing submission portal that has been redesigned for greater usability.

JATAF – An Open, Collaborative Java ME Device Testing Community

JATAF, the Java Application Terminal Alignment Framework, is a new collaborative project involving companies and developers working to maintain Java as a truly ubiquitous platform for application deployment and committed to addressing fragmentation. Founding members are France Telecom/Orange, Sony Ericsson, Sun Microsystems, and Vodafone, with each making open source contributions to the project. The goal of JATAF is to provide a more consistent platform for development by allowing developers, operators and OEMs to contribute to a series of open source tests that they can perform and require to ensure device implementations function consistently and problem-free across a wide range of deployment scenarios.

JATAF will provide tests, and a framework to run those tests, under the philosophy that the more developers, operators and OEMs contribute to the testing effort, the faster de-fragmentation of the underlying platforms can happen, leading to larger device deployment bases. Initial tests have been contributed, under the Eclipse Public License, by Sony Ericsson and France Telecom/Orange. The tests are built to run on the Java Device Test Framework, contributed by Sun, and available to the community under the GPLv2 license. All Java ME developers are encouraged to participate in the JATAF community at no cost, with more information available at www.jataf.com.

“Due in large part to fragmentation, we ship hundreds of thousands of SKUs to market every year to ensure broad reach of our consumers,” explained Jason Loia, COO of Digital Chocolate, one of the industry’s most highly-rated publishers of games for the Java ME platform. “JATAF has the potential to greatly reduce this deployment overhead for publishers and we welcome its arrival.”

Wide Industry Support for Java Verified Program and JATAF

Today's announcements are proof points that demonstrate how the mobile industry is coming together to ensure Java ME developers have the resources they need to more quickly deliver high-quality applications to more devices. This lays the groundwork for creating a significant and scalable market opportunity across the entire Java ecosystem.

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