Sun releases open-source Java ME toolkit

Sun Microsystems announced it will release the source code for its Java ME-based Lightweight UI Toolkit, a move the computing giant said will address fragmentation by creating a single interface for rich mobile application development across the Java ecosystem. Offered under GNU General Public License with Classpath Exception license, the LWUIT--first announced at April's JavaOne conference--offers a UI library for creating applications to run across Java ME devices, complete with graphical components and support for themes, fonts, animation and transition effects. The LWUIT also features Swing-like Model View Controller capabilities, 3D integration, widgets, visual components and related functionalities. According to Sun, the GPLv2 license promises the benefits of open source innovation and collaborative development while enabling risk-free adoption by commercial projects. Sun will also make a LWUIT source code repository available.

For more on the LWUIT:
- read this PC World article

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