Getting started

This section shows you how to setup the Java™ ME development environment, create a simple HelloWorld MIDlet for Nokia Asha and Series 40 software platform devices, and has instructions for creating the MIDlet in Nokia IDE for Java ME (Eclipse) and NetBeans.

Figure 1. HelloWorld MIDlet running on a Nokia Asha (left) and Series 40 (right) software platform device

System requirements

Before setting up the development environment, make sure your computer meets the following minimum requirements:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise, Professional, or Ultimate Editions; Service Pack 1; 32- or 64-bit (recommended) or Microsoft Windows 8 Professional or Enterprise, 32- or 64-bit

  • 2.8 GHz Intel Pentium class processor

  • 2 GB RAM

  • 1 GB free disk space, more if you plan to install multiple SDKs

  • Display capable of displaying 24-bit colour at 1280x1024 pixel resolution

  • Sound card

  • Network interface card

Setting up the development environment

Before you can create your first MIDlet, you need to set up the software for developing and deploying MIDlets, that is, the Java ME development environment. Install an integrated development environment (IDE) to create the MIDlet. Nokia recommends using either Nokia IDE for Java ME (Eclipse) or NetBeans IDE ("NetBeans"). If you are new to Java ME development or have no previous experience of either IDE, consider the highlights of both IDEs.

The following table contains the highlights of Nokia IDE for Java ME (Eclipse) and NetBeans.



Nokia IDE for Java ME (Eclipse)

  • Integrated IDE and SDK in one package

  • Easy to install

  • Supports a large variety of plug-ins for application development


  • Intuitive user interface with clear menus and window placement

  • Integrated Java ME support

  • Can be used to deploy MIDlets to devices

Depending on your choice, you can refer the following sections:

After you have created and deployed the HelloWorld MIDlet, take a look at further developer resources provided by the Java Developer's Library.

You can download the Nokia IDE and NetBeans project files for the HelloWorld MIDlet from the MIDlet download page.

Last updated 17 December 2013

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