[nbusers] Java Card 3.0.2 modules are now available for development builds

  • From: Tim Boudreau < >
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  • Subject: [nbusers] Java Card 3.0.2 modules are now available for development builds
  • Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2010 20:06:03 -0500

Hi, Everyone,

If you've ever wanted to work with Java Card, the Java Card NetBeans modules, much improved from 6.7, are now available if you're running a *development* build (you can get one here - http://bits.netbeans.org/download/trunk/nightly/latest/ ), in Tools > Plugins > Available Modules.

For those not familiar with Java Card, Java Card is a way to write programs for Smart Cards in Java. It is a somewhat different world than typical desktop or even Java ME programming, since in those worlds you don't consider it normal that the computer your program is running on might be powered off at any time :-)

The modules bundle the Java Card SDK 3.0.2 (the emulator and associated libraries), so it is completely "batteries included". Java Card 3 includes support for Servlets(!), and has such wonders as java.lang.String and java.util.Vector - i.e. it's not just about painful binary protocols. The Java Card SDK is a development environment for such programs, including an emulator (similar to developing a mobile application where, to test it, a mobile phone emulator appears on your desktop - only a smart card has no user interface). The SDK also includes a number of sample applications.

Using the modules is much like working with other kinds of projects in NetBeans - you get a new project category - Java Card, for creating projects. And there is a new node in the Services window, Java Card Platforms, which will show installed SDKs (the bundled one is set up automatically), what devices are available to deploy to, and so forth. For a deeper overview, this blog - http://weblogs.java.net/blog/timboudreau/archive/2009/05/sneak_preview_j.html - may be useful - the UI has not changed too much since then, although what's under the hood has quite a bit. Right now there is support for deploying to only one brand of physical, you-can-hold-it-in-your-hand, smart card (Oberthur) - not due to any sort of bias, but simply because they were the only folks who sent me a smart card - but more are on the way.

We would love to get your feedback on these - please try them out, and if you see problems, please do file bugs ( https://netbeans.org/bugzilla/enter_bug.cgi ) - what is needed most right now is real users, not just me and the Java Card team at Sun, testing it!

Best regards,

-Tim



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