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December 19, 2008

PS3 doing Java – Sexy, and almost there

Filed under: Uncategorized — stigl @ 11:50 pm
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The promise of what I have been investigating is that Java applications can be run directly inside the normal PS3 GUI, as well as other Blu-Ray players, without requiring any kind of hacks on behalf of the end user. It may not be the ultimate base for writing applications, but it should not be too hard to port applications, games and so on from other J2ME applications that exist for mobile phones and so on. Shoutcast player or Opera Mini on PS3 anyone? 🙂

This is a summary of developing Java applications on PS3 and Blu-Ray, in hope that someone else will pick up the loose ends.
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December 9, 2008

Setting up a BD-J development environment sucks!

Filed under: Uncategorized — stigl @ 11:38 am
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I’ve recently looked at how one can set up a Blu-ray development environment for developing Java apps on a PS3.
The HDCookBook project seems like a good starting place, since you need alot of files to surround your BD-J Java apps when on the disk. Fine enough, but expect some hassle of changing file names if you want to put them on a memorystick.
Next step, run ant for compiling the project… You need to download “BDJ.jar”. You can find it AFTER INSTALLING NERO ON WINDOWS. Aaargh. Three hours later, we’ve found our bdj.jar.
Java ME SDK? It requires you to register at Sun… Ok, done that. Next step, Install sun_java_me_sdk-3_0-ea-win.exe on Windows. I HAVE A MAC!!! AHRG! Who needs multi-platform portable javacode when you can distribute it as .exe files!?

Do they even want people to develop on their platform? This is not inviting! And stop the stupid Ant stuff. Maven is the only way of distributing sourcecode and knowledge that works.

Java on PS3

Filed under: Java — stigl @ 10:00 am
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Today, I saw a Java Powered logo on the side of my PS3 box. Hmm… What does that mean?

If you install linux on the PS3, it can ofcourse run Java. But my sources indicate that it has little resources, and the requirements for installing are a little tough for the regular gamer.

The JVM installed on PS3 is placed there to meet the BluRay standard to show menus and stuff, called BD-J. From what I can gather after a quick Google, its an interpreted JVM, which is far slower than a regular Sun JVM. The PS3 is claimed to be one of the fastest, but probably not optimized in any way to cater for the multitude of Cell processors. And the BD-J does not help running Java applications in the web browser.

So, why would we want a native JVM on the PS3 specialized for Cell? Because it’s damn cool 🙂 Perhaps for running web servers. But a JVM capable of running Applets in the PS3 Web Browser could mean that Sony could capitalize on the enourmous amounts of Java games located on the web available freely to PS3 owners. Ofcourse, the native games will still have better funding and perform better, but allowing free applications could create the same community of developers and games as Apple has benefited from. Without the drawback of locking in developers to a single platform.

Update

Apparently, running games off a USB memory stick works. Will be back with more on the subject

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