Enabling MIDP development on Mac OS X with NetBeans and the Mpowerplayer

Note: Java ME SDK 3.0 Early Access is available here: http://java.sun.com/javame/downloads/sdk30_mac.jsp

Installing and Configuring NetBeans for Mobility on Mac OS X

Developing MIDP applications on Mac OS X systems is possible using NetBeans 6.x and the Mpowerplayer MIDP emulator. Setting up your environment requires two separate actions: setting up the IDE, then adding the MIDP emulator.

  1. Download NetBeans IDE for Mac OS X
  2. Install either the Java SE or Web and Java EE version of the IDE.
  3. After installation, start the IDE and go to Tools - Plugins to open the Plugins dialog.
  4. Click the Available Plugins tab. Under Category go to Java ME.
  5. Check the boxes for Visual Mobile Designer, and Java ME and click Install (SDK MPowerPlayer Support plugin comes with Mobility plugin).

Installing the Mpowerplayer and registering the platform in the IDE.

  1. Download the Mpowerplayer SDK. Expand the file (mpp-sdk-477.zip) to a directory of your choice.
  2. Install the platform emulator according to the instructions provided by the installer. Save the file as for instance /Application/mpowerplayer.app
  3. In the NetBeans IDE main menu, choose Tools > Java Platform Manager.
  4. Click Add Platform. The Add Java Platform dialog opens.
  5. Select Java ME MIDP Platform Emulator and click Next.
  6. Select the folder that contains the MPowerPlayer SDK (
    ). Click Search to locate the emulator in the folder.
  7. When the IDE finds the MPowerPlayer SDK, click Next.
  8. If desired, use the Platform Name dialog to add or remove additional resource libraries.
  9. Click Finish. The IDE registers the MIDP platform.

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