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Thursday, May 07, 2009

Nokia Developer Summit 2009; Recap Technical Stream

I thought I ought to sum up the first-ever Nokia Developer Summit 2009 conference. It has been an intense two days with lots of new interesting stuff. It was about 345 developer from 45 countries here in Monaco.

Overall the conference was a very very good one, with lots of good mobility speakers and what I really thought was great was to get a more wider view of developing for Nokia's S60 and Maemo-platform using different technologies like JavaME, Qt, Web Runtime Widgets. Left it full of new energy and compelled to try out numerous new technologies. Update the address book with those new contacts and new friends.

Some of the hot mobility topics at this Nokia Developer Summit:
  • Nokia will continue to support Flash and JavaME, but Qt that’s Nokia future direction in mobile application development for the Symbian and Maemo platform. Nokia encourage you to learn more about Qt!!
  • It was also very nice to be able to hear more about the roadmap for the Java Runtime for S60, version 1.3, 1.4, 2.0 and 2.1.
  • From S60 version 3.2.3 it will also be possible to upgrade the Java Runtime, nice I think.
  • Nokia did not answer the question "Why develop for Maemo 5 platform?", waiting and waiting but no news on the Maemo 5 tablet, hope for some great device to come. I really love my Nokia N810!!
  • I did not know so much about Nokia Web Runtime (WRT), it was nice to learn more about it.
  • Qt will perhaps in the future also be part of the Symbian Foundation, it is suggested by Nokia.
  • Here you find more about: Qt for Maemo 5 and Qt for S60
  • Interesting to hear more about Symbian Foundation and JavaME, JavaME is not yet part of Symbian Foundation but Nokia plans to Open Source the Java Runtime for S60 and put it in Symbian Foundation.
  • The new Symbian Foundation developer site: http://developer.symbian.org/ will soon open.
  • Mobilize your website with 3 clicks (a Open Source CMS) using a Mobile Plugin

Conclusions:
  • I plan to learn more about Qt and WRT, it will be important in the future for mobile application development for the Symbian and Maemo platform.
  • Nokia will continue to support JavaME and thats great I think, but Nokia talked more about Qt at this conference, but anyway it was very nice to to be able to see Nokia's JavaME roadmap, but I don't understand why Nokia have not publish it on forum Nokia site. It is very interesting for JavaME developer like me (I took a picture of it :-) ).
  • Nokia did not talk at all about JavaFX Mobile, perhaps Nokia is not so interesting in JavaFX Mobile?
  • Developers are now more important for Nokia, thats great I think!!
I am looking forward to a next Nokia Developer Summit, I will surly go!!!!
But I hope next conference also have more sessions about JavaME, eSWT!!

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3 comments:

German Viscuso said...

Hi! Any news of support for the CDC profile (not CLDC) on Nokia phones? Looks like CDC is dead, right? Do you know modern phones supporting CDC?
Best!! (nice blog)
German

Ove Nordström said...

I don't think we will see Nokia mobile with support for JavaME/CDC in the near future, but I really don't know. I have been waiting for years for JavaME/CDC. Some years ago Nokia plan to support eRCP (JavaME/CDC) in Nokia phones, but it look like Nokia have change there plans and now Nokia don't talk about it any longer.

German Viscuso said...

Ok, thanks Ove