Today I will spend five hours studying Mupe platform just because I promised it to my boss. Having a lawyer test "easy" developer platform truly shows how easy the platform really is. I have studied university basics in object oriented java programming but havent coded in twelve months.
MUPE is an Open Source application platform for creating mobile multi-user context-aware applications. The platform can be used to create mobile games, virtual worlds, collaboration applications and any other user authenticated services.
First of all I went and got a sun java wireless toolkit 2.3 Beta that is needed for desktop testing of the client side applications. Now I am reading through Mupe documentation which seems quite straight forward. I think I found a bug in the tutorials though.
I downloaded the MDE.exe and launched it. It wanted to know what programs I use for editing. hmm... I previously used Emacs. Maybe I should install it again.
Dang! not an easy task. FSF is not the most user friendly people at least not when it comes to installing their stuff on Windows. Automatic installer would be nice (hint hint). I guess I will have to set up the Emacs's color coding later. Update... Took me two hours to figure out how and where to define the .emacs file. Now the colors are added to the code.
Update... two hours later. I realized that there are good instructions for how and where to install all the packages. Too bad the website uses frames so making direct links is a pain. Still RTFM. Mupe recommends Eclipse. Oh well I guess I will forget Emacs for now (and those two hours I fought with it)... Plenty of space on my laptop.
Installing Eclipse was a lot easier. Still no installer and didn't stumble on installation instructions. I just unpacked the stuff on the programs folder and it seems to work just fine.
11:59 pm I gotta stop now. Managed to get the tools ready in... 11 hours. Though I did interrupt the session and went to see the Wedding chrashers in the movies -> ok dating movie, kind of reminded me of the Four weddings and a funeral.