Sun, Laszlo take Java into Orbit for devices

Sun and Laszlo Systems are enabling applications based on the OpenLaszlo development platform to run on devices running Java Platform ME

Sun Microsystems and Laszlo Systems are collaborating to enable applications based on the OpenLaszlo rich Internet development platform to run on devices running Java Platform ME (Micro Edition).

The collaboration, which is being announced Tuesday, is featured as part of an effort code-named Project Orbit.

OpenLaszlo uses AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML)-style programming techniques. Currently available in Version 3.3, OpenLaszlo supports no-download deployment of Web applications on different client runtime environments. Through extensions to support Java ME, OpenLaszlo will provide development portability across Java-based phones, telephone, set-top boxes, and other devices, Sun and Laszlo said. The companies will bridge OpenLaszlo's expressive markup language, LZX, with Java ME.

"OpenLaszlo is an open source development platform for creating rich Internet applications for connected devices," said David Temkin, founder and CTO of Laszlo. "What we are doing is we are collaborating on extending the OpenLaszlo platform so that developers using OpenLaszlo can create applications not only for the Web but for the millions of Java mobile devices."

Thus far, OpenLaszlo has enabled production of applications in areas ranging from the consumer space to enterprise, media, government, and military applications.

The first demonstrable Project Orbit application running under Java ME is expected to be released later this year at openLaszlo.org (http://www.openlaszlo.org/). Users can contribute to Orbit by registering here.

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