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Oracle, Sprint Launch Joint Developers Kit

Hoping to get all of their developers in a row, Oracle and Sprint Tuesday struck a deal to integrate their individual Java 2 Micro Edition (J2ME) environments.

The goal is to make it easier and faster for Java developers to build mobile applications for the enterprise that can be later used on PCS Vision devices. Previously, J2ME developers have used multiple systems and development kits with separate development environments.

The new offerings - Oracle9i JDeveloper and the Sprint Wireless Toolkit - lets Java developers create, test and debug J2ME applications using Sprint's J2ME PCS emulators in a unified application development environment. The new extension builds on Redwood Shores, Calif.-based Oracle's 9i JDeveloper as well as its J2EE and Web services capabilities.

Oracle9i JDeveloper is immediately available for free download and evaluation from Oracle's Technology Network (OTN) and can be purchased for US$995 per named user. Sprint said its Wireless Toolkit is free and can be downloaded at Sprint Application Developers Program Web site.

"In support of our advanced PCS Vision services, Sprint offers an extensive line-up of Java-enabled PCS Phones with Full Color Screens, more memory, and the ability to download Java-based applications for quick and convenient access to information," said Michael Robinson, vice president of product realization for the PCS division of Sprint.

Developers also using Oracle9i JDeveloper can run and test their J2ME applications with PCS device emulators in the development environment without any additional configuration or setup. Other new features include provisioning, digital rights management, over-the-air delivery and the ability to extend Web services to J2ME applications.

Overland Park, Kan.-based Sprint's PCS Wireless Web service offers wireless Internet access and multi-media content through partners such as America Online and eBay.