Handhelds to have that Java flavor

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Sun Microsystems Inc. is touting Java as the cross-platform programming model that can make sense of a blizzard of new handheld devices and the operating systems that run them.

Here's what will be on display at JavaOne:

-- Nextel Communications Inc., the first U.S. carrier to introduce Java cell phones, the Motorola i85s and i50sx, will show them running with many Java applications. Motorola Inc. will unveil a wireless provisioning application for Java phones. Service providers can download and install new Java applications wirelessly to subscribers.

-- Ellipsus Systems AB, a Swedish wireless software vendor, is unveiling a Java application, called InfiniteMass, which oversees distribution and installation of applications to different brands and types of client devices, and builds a bridge to back-end legacy applications.

-- Agea Corp. will demonstrate its Java2 Micro Edition mobile enterprise applications running on Motorola handsets. The demonstration will include remote access to an enterprise groupware server, two-way notification and messaging alerts, and access to corporate files, text files, spreadsheets and Word documents.

-- Aligo Inc. will show off Version 2.0 of its M-1 Mobile Application Server, a Java server for wireless applications. This version includes a new visual development tool set; a program that tracks and identifies wireless devices, letting the server adapt information to a specific user or a class of users; and support for browsers that incorporate voiceXML.

-- Covigo Inc. is packaging a pair of mobile application development tools (Covigo Studio for team-based programming and Covigo Engine for executing the applications) into one package. Added in are a new graphical management console and a reporting and analysis application for monitoring usage patterns of mobile applications.

-- ThinAirApps Inc. is introducing Identicon DB, a tool to build database applications that can run, initially, on Palm OS handhelds. Developers can work with existing C/C++ or Java tools, or with the AppForge tool set for building Palm OS applications in Microsoft Visual Basic. The Identicon DB server, written in Java, handles for the client devices all network and database protocol conversions, and administration tasks such as security, session management and connection pooling.

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