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System Properties

The CLDC/MIDP supports system properties, which are key-value pairs that represent information about the platform and environment in which MIDP applications execute. Conceptually these are the same type of properties that you find in J2SE. Unfortunately, there is no java.util.Properties class in CLDC/MIDP to facilitate your handling of properties.

The MIDP specification defines only a small set of standard properties, which are shown in Table 3.4. Implementations may support additional, manufacturer-specific system properties, but these are nonstandard. You should be aware of what manufacturer- or platform-specific features you use in order to anticipate portability issues.

Like J2SE applications, MIDP applications can retrieve a system property using the java.lang.System class. To retrieve the value of a property, use the System class method

String getProperty(String key)

This method retrieves the property value associated with the key whose value is specified in the call.

Table 3.4. Standard CLDC System Properties

Property Key Description Default Value
microedition.configuration Name and version of the supported configuration CLDC-1.0
microedition.encoding Default character encoding set used by the platform ISO8859-1
microedition.locale Name of the platform's current locale null
microedition.platform Name of the host platform or device null
microedition.profiles Names of all supported profiles null

Listing 3.2 illustrates the retrieval of system properties in a MIDlet. The code expands the example in Listing 3.1.

Listing 3.2 MIDlets have direct access to all four of the standard system properties defined by the CLDC specification.

import javax.microedition.lcdui.Display;
import javax.microedition.lcdui.Displayable;
import javax.microedition.lcdui.Form;

import javax.microedition.midlet.MIDlet;

   Creates the "Hello world" program in J2ME MIDP.

   Note that the class must be public so that the device
   application management software can instantiate it.
public class HelloWorld extends MIDlet

  public void startApp()
    // Create a Displayable widget.
    form = new Form("Hello World");

    // Add a string to the form.
    String msg = "My first MIDlet!";

    // This app simply displays the single form created
    // above.
    display = Display.getDisplay(this);


     Prints the values of the standard system properties
     using the System.getProperty() call.
  protected void printSystemProperties()
    String conf;
    String profiles;
    String platform;
    String encoding;
    String locale;

    conf = System.getProperty("microedition.configuration");

    profiles = System.getProperty("microedition.profiles");

    platform = System.getProperty("microedition.platform");

    encoding = System.getProperty("microedition.encoding");

    locale = System.getProperty("microedition.locale");

Notice the addition of the call to the method printSystemProperties() at the end of the startApp() method. This method simply retrieves and prints to standard output the values of the five standard MIDP system properties. The data that the program writes to standard output is shown next:


The fourth line of the output just reproduced indicates the character encoding set that the current CLDC/MIDP platform implementation uses. The last line of the output indicates the current locale. Locale specifications include two parts: The first part indicates the language setting, while the second part indicates the country code. The International Standards Organization (ISO) publishes two standards that define the set of accepted values for language and country codes. You can find references to these documents in the References appendix at the end of this book.

In the simple example shown in Listing 3.2, I show only how you could retrieve these values. In subsequent chapters, I'll show examples of how you can use these values for practical applications.

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