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March 2012

Information and communications technology

Java mobile applications explored

Olalekan Samuel Ogunleye

After presenting research from his Master’s dissertation at the World Congress in Computer Science and Information Engineering held in the US in 2009, the CSIR’s Olalekan Samuel Ogunleye was approached to co-author a chapter in the book, Java in Academia and Research, edited by Ke Cai. The book was published in October 2011.

Olalekan is a software developer at the CSIR’s Next Generation ICT and Mobile Systems research group. This research group focuses on software architectures for Internet-based, mobile-enabled, converged software systems of the future.

Olalekan’s contribution to the book is a shortened version of his Master’s dissertation titled: Supporting Mobile Applications Developer through a Java IDE Using Contextual Inquiry. His research focuses on how Java mobile application developers can be supported through an enhanced Java integrated development environment (IDE). It identifies ways to improve the usability of Java (IDEs) for developing mobile applications, using contextual inquiry.

Interest was sparked at the World Congress in Computer Science and Information Engineering as it has become important for developers to reduce the time it takes to ‘fine-tune’ mobile applications for use in different mobile devices.

Instead of ‘fine-tuning’ an application from one device to another, a plug-in was written as part of the Netbeans platform. This allows one code to be written with a single xml file, which will allow mobile developers to define the device characteristics to make the code applicable to most mobile devices; this is called Mobile Tools for Netbeans (MTN).

Olalekan is excited about the book release and says, “It is great to have overseas researchers showing interest in and supporting my work.” He also extends his gratitude to the CSIR and particularly to his mentor, Thomas Fogwill, for the support and opportunity to excel in his career.

His paper was jointly presented with his Master’s supervisor, Prof Gary Marsden of the Department of Computer Science, University of Cape Town.

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