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Perl on Mobile devices, like J2ME?

by Withigo (Friar)
on Dec 06, 2006 at 21:51 UTC ( #588207=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??
Withigo has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Dear Monks,
I have not seen any discussion about Perl development on mobile devices, phones, etc. Is anyone doing it, and if so, with what tools? Is there a Perl equivalent to J2ME? Since Perl is quite married to *nix, and the porting pattern of least resistance seems to be to piggy back on Linux by waiting for hackers to port Linux (i.e., Busybox?) to the device, and then bootstrap Perl off of that. But most devices can't run Linux, and Java has become the de facto standard development platform. Or is Perl basically non-existent in the mobile domain?

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Re: Perl on Mobile devices, like J2ME?
by renodino (Curate) on Dec 06, 2006 at 23:14 UTC
    Some relevant links: FWIW: The Linux based mobiles I've used (Zaurus, and the Nokia Internet tablet) either had Perl installed, or had it available for install. I even managed to run some pure-Perl DBI drivers from my Z.

    One bit of advice: if you intend to develop for such a platform, make sure you have a telnet or ssh connection to the device. Thumbing in Perl scripts, while kewl, is a frustrating experience.

    Perl Contrarian & SQL fanboy
Re: Perl on Mobile devices, like J2ME?
by swampyankee (Parson) on Dec 06, 2006 at 22:22 UTC

    I believe there are ports for WinCE and Zaurus. You could take a look here. for a bit about Perl on PalmOS.


    At that time [1909] the chief engineer was almost always the chief test pilot as well. That had the fortunate result of eliminating poor engineering early in aviation.

    —Igor Sikorsky, reported in AOPA Pilot magazine February 2003.
      I can verify the port on the Zaurus. I have it on my DL5x00 and it is very handy.

      ...the majority is always wrong, and always the last to know about it...

Re: Perl on Mobile devices, like J2ME?
by gellyfish (Monsignor) on Dec 07, 2006 at 09:06 UTC

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