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Mon, 20 Dec 2004

Symbian series 60 Dev

Developing Series 60 Applications
Addison Wesley 
A Guide for Symbian OS C++ Deveopers
Leigh Edwards, Richard Baker, various

This review gives me a chance to plug an article I did for O'Reilly's on
developing apps for the Symbian series 60 platform. Who, you say? Series
60 is a smartphone platform and there are quite a few of them out there.

When you first look at one of those phones you might get the idea that a
little thing like that might have such a reduced subset of the language
that it might be a bit of a breeze to knock something interesting out.
Unfortunately, that's not the case. This seven hundred plus page book is
a good witness to that. One problem is that there is quite a lot going
on in there, and another is that the SDK is nothing particularly special
in the usability way.

This book takes you right through the general architecture, tools, and
application development itself. The best way to get going is to join up
at, download the appropriate SDK (there are quite a
few), compile and run the Hello World app, and then start reading.

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