The introduction of the Nokia Qt SDK enables great ideas to become reality, in a cross platform way. "Code once, deploy everywhere" is not just a slogan for latest Qt releases, and the recent additions of API stacks like Mobility, QMF and sensors stretches what you can do by purely using the Qt framework. This allows great exploitation of the underlying platform while maintaining straight forward API usage and relatively relaxed learning curve.
This latest additions have been exemplified mostly on Nokian mobile Linux computer platforms. I would like to be able to offer Symbian developers the same great building blocks to build great software using pure Qt just as it is slowly being realized on the N900/Maemo/MeeGo.
I think this is very important in order to keep the Symbian offering live and up to date, and not fall behind the Mobile Linux computers application development offering. I feel this is important in order to revive the Symbian experience, as historically developing for the platform required specific lowlevel platform knowledge and usage of somewhat exotic development, signing and deployment paradigms that are even to date, considered by Symbian developers hard and unpleasant.
I would like to change this and make Symbian development fun, educational and rewarding through the latest Qt offerings, removing as much as possible the historic barriers. Nokia's latest changes to the signing and individual app publishing are great steps towards that, as an example.
To make the MeeGO-Symbian cross application development experience complete I would like to pursue:
* Blogging about new features that allow to code once deploy everywhere. Code snippets that exemplify and emphasis cross platform-ness. * Be in constant touch with developer community to see what they liked
to be taken from N8 to N900 and vice versa ( == S^3 <-> MeeGo)
* Create guides and tutorials / blog posts about how to port an app
that uses feature or api X in either platforms to the other if use of api X feature requires porting work.
* blog and write about porting success stories between the platforms;
reach out for companies we know target N8/S3 as well as N900/MeeGo through OVI and ask for their experience. We should be able to learn from their experience, publish it with their consent for good of community and identify where we're great and where not with our support of them.
* List the features/ api calls that do not need any modifications to be ported, to encourage early consideration of cross Symbian/MeeGo code. * Be up to question about porting through a mailing list, an irc
channel and a Forum Nokia discussion board and forums.meego.com section.
* Try to tackle the GUI open-ended problem in places where mobility is
not giving the answer; Either by documentation or recipes and bug fixes where applicable and up to my (and interested community members) skills.
* Covering the progress of Qt components that are slowly getting
backends both for Symbian and MeeGo, blog/ announce when they are ready and provide recipies to show them off when backends are available for both platforms. Posting vidoes.
* __Very__ distant goal- writing a book about cross platform development
for MeeGo and S3 maybe similar to : but with more emphasis on full real world applications (-recipes). The hope is that developers and companies could reuse recipes close to verbatim in their apps.
That might look too ambitious at first glance, but it is planned for over a period of time, the more proximate stuff are the first action items naturally.