The PDA Optional Packages provide a means to access native Personal Information Manager information (PIM) and File Systems in J2ME configurations. Personal Information Managers typically provide Calendaring, Contacts and ToDos.
As a co-spec lead of JSR-075 PDA Optional Packages, IBM helped define and specify two optional packages in the J2ME space. The first optional package provides API to access the underlying Personal Information Manager (PIM) implementation on any J2ME device compliant with the specification. These APIs expose Events (Calendar Entries), Contacts (Name and Address') and ToDos (Prioritized tasks) in a flexible cross-platform manner. The second optional package is the FileConnection APIs. The primary goal of the FileConnection APIs is to provide access to file systems on devices and/or mounted memory cards.
IBM also had the responsibility of implementing the Technology Compatibility Kits (TCKs) and Reference Implementations (RIs) for both optional packages. The Reference Implementations target the PocketPC operating system as an example of one mobile device with both a native PIM and complex File System implementation. The RIs require the J9 Java Virtual Machine for the PocketPC. The specific version is outlined in the RI documentation. In order to certify any implementation of the JSR-075 optional packages, IBM provides two TCKs (one for each optional package). Each TCK consists of a set of tests that must be run in order to claim compliance with either optional package. The TCK Harness requires only a Java Runtime Environment (JRE) or J2ME Certified Foundation VM and Class library on the Windows platform.
Get the specification and related material
Download the FileConnection and Personal Information Management Reference Implementations (RI) and Technology Compatibility Kits (TCK) from the IBM download center.
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More information is available at the JSR-075- JCP and Specification Page.
Ken Walker is the J9 Embedded Java (TM) Class Library Manager in the IBM Ottawa Lab. Contact him for more information here firstname.lastname@example.org.
- WebSphere Studio Device Developer
- "Develop mobile apps with Personal Information Management" tutorial on developerWorks.