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Java and Embedded Linux Team Up

Aug 31, 2000 — by Rick Lehrbaum — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

In this whitepaper, Randy Rorden discusses the advantages, benefits, issues, and trade-offs to consider when developing embedded systems based on a combined Java-Linux platform. Rorden writes . . .

“The Java platform and the Linux operating system are appearing more frequently in embedded applications thanks to their unique benefits. A combined Java-Linux platform accelerates the design process, reduces costs, and shortens time-to-market. However, developers do need to be aware of the tradeoffs they face and how to make the right choices for a specific application.”

“Although Java technology made a big hit in Web and enterprise computing, it has only recently made inroads into embedded computing. Originally developed with embedded systems in mind, Sun Microsystems shifted its efforts toward the Internet early on.”

“It's important to distinguish between the Java language and the Java platform. The Java language is an object-oriented programming language with syntax similar to C. The Java platform offers a run-time environment, which includes a Java Virtual Machine (JVM) to execute Java programs compiled into architecture-neutral byte codes. It also includes a library of standard Java classes that are available to all Java programs running on the platform.”

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