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J2ME's Mobile Information Device Profile (MIDP) promises to become one of the most widespread computing platforms over the next few years as an increasing number of mobile phones include a Java Virtual Machine. Given the popularity of preinstalled games on mobiles, Java games are likely to captivate a large audience. The first commercial download services for MIDP applications or "MIDlets" have already been launched and the market is set to grow at an explosive rate. Nokia alone expects to sell more than 50 million of these devices by the end of 2002, so the opportunities associated with writing good games for Java-enabled devices are staggering However, while learning the basics of MIDP is simple enough for most developers, understanding the constraints of the platform and the tricks to get around them is crucial for efficient development. Creating compelling conten... (more)