Barbara writes “Java ME is dead. Long live Java ME.“, about how the word out there is about mobile web, but what her customers are ordering are Java mobile applications…

Why local applications? Barbara explains it well on her blog post. Indirectly, this same explanation also shows that once the browser-runtime of the “future” gets to provide access to offline behavior and local functionality to web-based applications on the handset, that a new era and kinds of mobile applications will take place.

Why Java ME (MIDP)? Because it is the most predominant mobile platform for local applications, today

In any case, Barbara’s essay is about rich mobile applications today, and the future is wide-open.


1. Updated on February 19, 2008: added the “indirect and future mobile apps” pieces.