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Is it possible to backup J2ME data to a PC?

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Hi, I'd like to write a Tasks (ToDo) application that will run on any Java enabled phone. I've seen such apps, but there's no way to back up your data. Then you'd be better off using pen and paper :-)

Is there a way of to write a J2ME app that will allow you to backup to / sync with a PC?

Either via USB-cable or bluetoth. Or else?
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by:Mayank S
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You can sync up data by sending it over sockets to a program runing and listening on the PC, which can put it into files on the desktop. Otherwise the J2ME app itself can write to files on the PDA. For synching operations without using such code, you might have to use something specific to each platform depending on the configuration/ profile of J2ME like Java Conduit Development Kit for Palm/ CLDC:

http://www.ociweb.com/jnb/archive/jnbJan2001.html
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by:davidsperling
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That sounds great! Can you show me some example of socket programming? Is it included in Netbeans. I'm familiar with  the term, but never used it.
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by:davidsperling
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Do you seriously mean that you can write a PC "listener" that would work with ANY java phone? Sounds almost too good to be true... why hasn't anybody done that?
(ok someone probably has ;-)
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by:davidsperling
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And since the listener is written in Java it will also work on Mac & Linux, right? :-)
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by:Mayank S
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Yes but that assumes you would be transferring data over WiFi.

Sample server socket listener would be like what is posted in my comment here:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Languages/Java/Q_21757720.html#16084277
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by:davidsperling
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Ok, so it's not possible to sync by usb or bluetoth like nokia's or samsung's pc-studios?
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by:Mayank S
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Oh yes it is possible to sync up over USB too :) I meant its not over GSM/ CDMA....
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by:davidsperling
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Do you know of any mobile java apps with that capability?
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by:Mayank S
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GSM or USB?
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by:davidsperling
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USB! I want the solution to be independent of any service provider.
(Of course gsm examples'd be nice too)
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I've synched up data using TCP/ IP over USB b/w a PDA and a desktop - could write applications to communicate between them through sockets using .NET compact framework, so I guess in J2ME it would be the same.
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by:Mayank S
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Any reason for the C grade? You can ask for more clarification if you want. We all post here for free, in our leisure time.
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by:davidsperling
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Oh, sorry. Didn't know that c was bad. It said average... I'm greatful for the help! Reason for no a - I don't think the question is 100% answered. You say it's possible with a PDA, which I do not doubt. The question was wether it's possible with any java enabled non-smart phone (with usb of course). Lesson learned, c is an insult... Shame on me :-)
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