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The Java Technology for the Wireless Industry specification (JTWI) encompasses a standard set of J2ME APIs for mobile device development that is being widely adopted by mobile telephone service providers, making it an important platform for Java developers. Its core component, the Mobile Information Device Profile (MIDP), provides a number of specialized libraries for multimedia and games development; however, its underlying subset of general purpose Java classes is strictly limited. In addition, support for persistence via the Record Management System is relatively poor. This raises an important question: Is JTWI a realistic application development tool or is it only good for games and other software trivia? In this article, we try to answer this question by exploring the viability of MIDP as a tool for nontrivial application development. An enterprise applicatio... (more)