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(August 26, 2002) - For years, the badge of honor for a software engineer was the ability to write fast code that occupied a small amount of memory. In the days when 640K of RAM was a luxury and 10 Mhz clock speeds were considered blazing, this was almost a necessity. Now that most PCs ship with a minimum of 256MB of RAM and CPUs with clock speeds of 1Ghz or better, the focus has changed. The accolades seem to go to those writing code that is easily understood by developers needing to either support it or, in the case of object-oriented systems, reuse it for another purpose. Developers who honed their skills of developing small and fast code footprints are forced to retrain themselves in the new paradigms. Enter the wireless device. For the near future, many wireless devices (such as WAP-enabled phones) will have at most 512K of RAM and comparatively slow clock speed... (more)