Mobile Phone Game Programming in Java - Help!!

Hi everyone... I'm a recent graduate, fairly competent in programming in Java and Turbo Pascal. I am considering the option of entering the market of game programming, specifically Java programming for mobile phones. However, I have absolutely no idea on how to go about this. Is there anyone who can help out? Thanks!
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_corey_Commented:
Which mobile phone?

There are development packages you can download.
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Ryan ChongCommented:
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JPapkeCommented:
Where to start?
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http://java.sun.com/j2me/
http://wireless.java.sun.com/
http://wireless.java.sun.com/midp/
http://wireless.java.sun.com/midp/software/
http://wireless.java.sun.com/resources/index.html



What you need (overview):
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0) Java 2 SDK, Standard Edition (J2SE SDK) 1.3 or higher must be installed
1) The J2ME (Java 2 Micro Edition) Mobile Information Device Profile (MIDP) it comes with the WTK (Java Wireless Toolkit)
   either a) MIDP Version 1.0 (comes with WTK 1.04)
   or      b) MIDP Version 2.0 (comes with WTK 2.0)
2) Emulator Software for testing (optional for starting)
3) An IDE which integrates the J2ME development (optional)


What you need (in detail):
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*** 0) Java 2 SDK, Standard Edition (J2SE SDK) 1.3 or higher must be installed

If not already installed, download and install:
http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.4.2/download.html

*** 1) The J2ME (Java 2 Micro Edition) Mobile Information Device Profile (MIDP) - it comes with the WTK (Java Wireless Toolkit)
Download the WTK:

WTK Version 1.04
http://java.sun.com/products/j2mewtoolkit/download.html (for MIDP 1.0, used on most current devices)

or / optional

Version 2.0
http://java.sun.com/products/j2mewtoolkit/download-2_0.html (for MIDP 2.0, the new standard which will become more supported soon)

You can build applications with the WTK and even test it with the built in Emulators.
However, it is not very straight forward to create MIDlets (Applications on mobile devices, using MIDP).
Thus, I recommend getting one of the IDEs that make creating MIDlets an easier process (see Step 3).

*** 2) Emulator Software for testing (optional for starting)
The Emulators emulate the functionality of a mobile device running a MIDP application / MIDlet. The Emulators are usually part of the individual developer SDKs / or Tollkits similar to the generic J2SE WTK.
You can find Emulators for testing your MIDlets on the big companies developer sites.
Note that you must often register as user/developer before you can download the emulators. Membership is usually free though.

Find a list of Emulators here:
http://wireless.java.sun.com/midp/articles/emulators/

Note that this step is optional too, at least in the beginning. It may be a good idea to try the Emulators after you have gained some experience using the default Emulator coming with the WTK described in step 2.

*** 3) An IDE which integrates the J2ME development (optional)
I recommend trying the tutorial for the J2SE WTK before downloading a suited Tool that helps with J2SE / MIDlet development.
But if you feel, you need a better tool with sophisticated options, try:

Java SUN ONE Studio Mobile Edition
http://jsecom15a.sun.com/ECom/EComActionServlet?StoreId=8&PartDetailId=FJMI9-401-TL9M&TransactionId=try&LMLoadBalanced=

Other Development Tools are available (but usually not free):
http://wireless.java.sun.com/allsoftware/#midpdev

First steps
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After you have downloaded the WTK and maybe some Emulator set, read up on the WTK tutorial:
http://wireless.java.sun.com/midp/articles/wtoolkit/

Create your first wireless applications using this tutorial.

Find more resources at:
http://wireless.java.sun.com/indexlearn.html

hope, i could help :)

Jochai Papke
www.AwareDreams.com
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Nik_eiz_OneAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the info fellas!
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