If you've followed any of my treatises on Palm in particular,?has any chance of competing against , its "members" must unite behind a single development platform rather than, notwithstanding the cell-phone group, remaining bifurcated as they are now.? This is especially so on the enterprise front. That bifurcation has left many handheld enterprise application developers including me with one choice: .Net.??Thanks to the promise of Web services, it's not the proprietary choice it?once was.??But, if the ABM handheld folks were to unify on a platform, that unifying platform can be nothing else but the one with the largest and only growing (albeit slowly) development community behind it: Java.???, then you'll know that my basic position is that developers will control where the PDA war heads which in turn means that it should be a two-horse race: .Net vs. Java.? I've said before that if?the anything-but-Microsoft (ABM) PDA , and
Unfortunately, even though it supports Java, (the OS group for -based ) hasn't?plotted a course towards 100 percent?Java (though it could expedite the process if it wanted to by?acquiring handheld?Java OS provider ).? Whether Sony's recent exit from the Palm-based PDA business, perhaps in favor?of a was a wake up call?for -based offering ?or not remains to be seen.??But one company that apparently isn't leaving in the enterprise to chance is Sun.? According to a blog entry by Sun?marketing manager Mary , Sun Labs' principal investigator Steven is looking into the idea of a Sun-built enterprise PDA.? Nothing is known about the "investigation" and only speculates on the outcome.?