Metrowerks unveils PDA testing tool
Metrowerks, Austin, Texas, moved to boost corporate
mobile development efforts with the unveiling of CodeWarrior Wireless Studio for
Officials at the Motorola subsidiary said the new version of CodeWarrior is
aimed at developers of Mobile Java-based applications for PDAs used in corporate
CodeWarrior Wireless Studio 7, PDA Edition, is slated to ship by year-end and
is priced at $599.
The new version of the toolset supports development of Personal Java
applications for a variety of handheld platforms, including the iPAQ family from
Hewlett-Packard and the Sony Ericsson P800 Symbian phone.
The new PDA version of CodeWarrior Wireless Studio incorporates a
debugging-enabled version of the Insignia PersonalJava Virtual Machine coupled
with the proprietary Metrowerks launch/debug agent and debugger. Officials said
the toolset can enable developers to test and debug applications directly on the
deployment device. Utilizing target devices in the test phase can lead to more
stable applications, reduce time-to-market for new products and lower support
costs for development organizations, Metrowerks officials said.
The toolset also includes the PersonalJava Emulation Environment from Sun
Microsystems and a visual Rapid Application Development (RAD) toolset that can
drag and drop Abstract Windowing Toolkit (AWT) components to automatically
Officials also noted that the new CodeWarrior version can automatically
package the software and generate a compressed .IPK or .CAB file -- the
packaging format accepted by Sharp Zaurus and Pocket PC devices,
respectively -- after the testing process is completed.
Mike Bucken is former Editor-in-Chief of Application Development Trends magazine.