Monday, March 26, 2007

Vanished "Sun Smart Ticket" demo app

I'm in the process of scrambling some resources together for my thesis project which has to do with J2ME and video delivery. Now, I've been working on this project (on and off) for the last 1.5 years, so it's been a while since I went back to look at all the resources that I had used at the very beginning.

So, one of the excellent resource that I used from the beginning was the Sun Smart Ticket J2ME & J2EE demo application. I used it to learn the "best practices" when I was getting started, and to a large degree I used it as a template for the first prototype that I built. So, I was quite surprised to find out that the application in question has just vanished from the internet : it was not on the Sun site, it was NOWHERE !!! It was mentioned on a couple of Sun publications, it was in Michael Yuan's excellent Enterprise J2ME book.. but the actual source to the server and j2me client has just vanished.. Evidently, it used to be a part of what the "Wireless Blueprints", which is no more, with nothing to replace it...

Well, to sum it up, I found a copy on a borland site, so I thought I'd give it a mention, just in case somebody else is scrambling to dig up this prescious resource. This just makes me wonder though, why is Sun trying to bury this demo... It was an excellent demo, with some pretty outstanding design ideas (which are a little complex, but after getting over the initial learning curve, they're sheer brilliance).. Well, that's a question that I should probably ask some of the J2ME people... it's open source now, right...