Just like I said in the introductory post, we'll be using Netbeans IDE on the tutorials that will be presented here. Here's a list of things you will need and where to get them:
- Java SE Development Kit (JDK) 6.0 Update 18 | Download Site
- NetBeans IDE 6.8 | Download Site
(choose the download button under the column where Java ME is ticked : "Java" or "All")
- JDK 6.0 Update 17 bundled with NetBeans IDE 6.8 | Download Site
- Install JDK 6.0
- Install Netbeans IDE 6.8
- Install JDK + Netbeans IDE bundle.
To prevent some errors from popping up while working on your mobile game, I recommend ticking on all the packages when installing NetBeans IDE except for the bundled servers such as Apache Tomcat or GlassFish Enterprise Server.
There's one more thing we have to add to our checklist - a way to transfer your game or application onto your mobile phone. This depends on the phone you're working on. Here are some options you might be able to choose from :
- Bluetooth - Use this if your phone is Bluetooth capable.
- Infrared Cable - Use this if you don't have Bluetooth.
- USB/Serial Cable - Use this if you have neither Bluetooth nor Infrared
- Card Reader - Use this if your phone has a memory card and you can't use any of the above.
Obviously, you will also need an image editor for creating the graphics you will use in your game. But for starters you can also find resources on the internet that offer sprites, tiles and other graphic content for you to practice on. Some of which I have added to the links section.
Alright, I think that's about it for our checklist. If you have some questions place a comment under this post.