- By John K. Waters
JavaChina 2005, running this week, is reportedly drawing 10,000 Chinese Java
jocks to Beijing for two days of workshops, breakout sessions, hands-on labs,
and to hear Sun CEO Scott McNealy and Java progenitor James Gosling hold forth
in keynote presentations.
A number of companies, both local and international, are making announcements
at JavaChina event, including:
- Bird, one of China's largest mobile phone manufacturers, is working with
Sun to integrate Java(TM) ME technology into its advanced line of mobile phones.
With assistance from Sun, Bird has set up a Java ME development team to research
and develop new Java technology-enabled mobile solutions for China and the
- Chinese Electronics Standardization Institute (CESI) has chosen to adopt
Java ME technology as a middleware specification for China's digital TV standard.
CESI selected Java technology for its interoperability, security and widespread
adoption and will jointly develop and promote it in China in partnership with
Sun. In Europe, Java is already the standard platform for Digital Video Broadcasting.
The Advanced Television Systems Committee and CableLabs have also endorsed
the Java platform for the US digital TV standard.
- Eastcompeace Smart Card Co. Ltd, a leading provider of SIM card and smart
card solutions in China, has developed a smart card operating system platform
based on the Java Card(TM) 2.2.1 technology standard. Called "LongChi,"
it is an open application platform that allows multiple applications to be
deployed on a single card, and enables new ones to be added even after the
card has been issued to the end-user.
- Guangdong Local Taxation Bureau, a leader in tax industry technology for
China, is working with Sun to implement a "one-hundred-percent"
Java EE data centralization solution to significantly reduce system maintenance
and troubleshooting. Sun Java technology effectively stabilizes the Bureau's
system, enabling it to quickly and cost-effectively serve customers of its
tax revenue service. The project has become a valuable reference application,
demonstrating the power and flexibility of Java technology.
- Huawei is preparing for the October launch of a 3G mobile phone based on
the new Java 3D(TM) API to provide even richer mobile experiences to end-consumers
worldwide. Huawei and Sun have been jointly developing Java technology-based
mobile phone software platforms since 2004, already launching U626 and U636
3G terminals based on the Java platform.
- Motorola has selected Sun for its Java and Solaris (TM) platforms, and
SPARC processors in its development of mobility services across converging
network technologies. Motorola is continuing to work with Sun and other partners
in China to promote mobile Java applications. It is playing a role in the
success of China Mobile's innovative M-Box service, through which subscribers
access Internet-based services via Java technology-enabled handsets.
- Nortel's China R&D Center has selected the Sun Java Center of Excellence
(JCOE) program to provide professional services and training to its researchers
and developers. The JCOE program is helping Nortel employees to enhance their
Java development skills and providing advanced knowledge and methodologies
to fundamentally improve the in-house software development organization and
accelerate the R&D Center's contribution to Nortel's continuing growth.
- Shanghai Bank has selected Sun to develop its e-banking system and information
portal on the Java EE platform and SunFire servers. Sun's systems were selected
due to their high-performance and security capabilities, application interoperability
and ability to smoothly integrate existing database architecture.
JavaChina 2005 is co-organized by the China Software Industry Association and
China Information Industry Trade Association. More information is available
John K. Waters is a freelance writer based in Silicon Valley. He can be reached