The application development tools used in the mobile phone industry are characterized by vendor-specific offerings. A common development tools integration platform, Eclipse-based or any other technology, has not been adopted across the mobile industry.
A typical Eclipse based mobile application development environment contains components sourced and adapted from many different Eclipse Projects (e.g. CDT, JDT, WTP). There are few mobile specific projects within Eclipse (Mobile Tools for Java, Tools for Mobile Linux) which have not yet gained the momentum or industry leadership for mobile application development because these projects are narrowly focused on specific parts of an overall solution. This constrains the value of the Eclipse platform for mobile application developers, mobile tooling developers, and companies in the mobile industry.
The intent of the Mobile Industry Working Group (MIWG) will be to define, implement and promote a common Mobile Application Development Kit (MADK) which can be easily augmented with handset -specific profiles. The MIWG will be the forum for collaboration between the industry players to define and deliver a common platform, it will facilitate collaboration between existing Eclipse projects applicable to Mobile developers, and initiate new projects based on identified un-met requirements.
The Mobile Industry Working Group (MIWG) will focus on four areas:
The MIWG will not create or publish a specification as part of its deliverables.
The MIWG participation guidelines define the obligations for participants. MIWG participants are expected to full-fill these obligations to be considered in good standing.
Steering Committee Members are required to:
Member Participants are required to:
Q4/08 - Q1/09 Publish MIWG Charter; Gather bigger community and recruit two or more (Expectation of 4) mobile industry players.
Q4/08 Define technical roadmap. The goal is to create the following documents by end of December
Q1/Q2 09 - Work with the existing projects (e.g. MTJ, TML and EPP) to create a pre-packaged Eclipse Mobile ADK in Galileo release.
Create an Eclipse Mobile Integration project to implement the identified missing components. Examples include:
Please send comments and feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also use the mailing list to express your desire to participate in the working group. Go here to subscribe to the mailing list and view the archives.
The Mobile Industry Working Group will follow the Eclipse Industry Working Group Process.
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