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Chapter 9. STANDALONE APPLICATION DEVELO... > BUILDING THE TEXTTOOL BACK-END

BUILDING THE TEXTTOOL BACK-END

As stated previously, the TextTool project is divided into two parts: the back-end and the UI. Because the back-end is actually somewhat functional without the UI (the opposite of which is not true—the UI is useless without the back-end), let’s start by building the back-end.

There are a few emulators you can use during the development process to simulate the Pocket PC environment on your PC. I haven’t used any of them. In fact, you could say I’m fundamentally opposed to the whole idea of emulators in the context of Java development because one of the main points of Java is that I can write code on my PC and run it on any platform with a similar profile. True, there are always one or two surprises in store for me the first few times I try to run the software on my iPAQ, but for the most part, it is not difficult to stay within the bounds of the hardware and the JVM. Go the emulator route if that provides a more comfortable environment for you; however, I believe that you are just as well off looking through the PersonalJava specification to get an idea of what is supported and what isn’t, then simply building as lean an application as you can.


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