Palm has completed development work to port a part of IBM's WebSphere application software for use on its Tungsten T3 and Tungsten E handhelds.
The handheld manufacturer said access to WebSphere Micro Environment (WME) Java 2 Micro Edition (J2ME) certified runtime environment will potentially increase its development community tenfold.
Now more than three million members of the Java development community can use Tungsten devices to create Palm handheld Java applications.
WME also offers developers access to enterprise-oriented components such as DB2 Everyplace and MQ Series Everyplace.
The WME package will be available as a free download for Palm customers who buy Tungsten C or Tungsten T2 handhelds after 1 October. Existing Palm users, however, will have to buy the suite for $5.99.
In addition, Palm said it is releasing WME Toolkit for Palm OS Developers, a standalone developer toolkit for use with J2ME-compatible development environments.
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