At the Symbian Smartphone Show, the mobile phone OS maker commits to the developer as its most important asset. "Developers, developers, developers," are what make Symbian grow. And the company is doing its part to give back to its most important constituency with new tools and resources.
is all about developers, according to its chief researcher.
Making his best attempt to conjure up Microsoft CEO
Steve Ballmer, David Wood, vice president of research at Symbian, said,
"The three most important words for success on the Symbian platform are 'developers,
developers, developers!'" Wood, who was mimicking the chant made
famous by Ballmer, then added, "But don't worry, I'm not going to break
into a dance at this stage."
Wood spoke at the Symbian Smartphone Show here, detailing the moves Symbian
has made and continues to make to attract and cater to developers. Indeed, the
company made several announcements at the event intended to improve the
experiences of developers. For one, the company introduced the Symbian Analysis
Workbench, or SAW, which Wood described as "a new analytic tool that plugs
into Carbide and gives you a look at what's running."
Symbian officials said SAW makes development easier and faster by
significantly reducing the time and effort needed to fix defects and optimize
code. SAW is a prepackaged set of Eclipse-based tools that make life easier for
developers by optimizing Symbian C++ software via graphical views integrated
into the Carbide C++ development environment. Carbide is a set of tools built
Moreover, the Symbian Developer Network (SDN++), an online forum providing a
range of tools and resources to develop on Symbian OS, hosts an Eclipse
download service that makes it possible to install SAW from within Carbide C++.
Wood said SAW offers analysis, profiling and target management tools in a
combined suite, allowing developers to understand software behavior using
reports for trace events, resource usage and system behavior within a single
"Great software needs to be fast," said Antony Edwards, vice president
of Developer Product Marketing at Symbian. "SAW is designed to help
developers exploit the full performance benefits of Symbian OS and the
underlying hardware. It allows developers to look at how threads are being
scheduled across CPUs, how memory is being allocated and at other system
Also, ARM and Symbian announced the ARM
Profiler for Symbian OS, which analyzes software applications on Symbian-based
mobile handsets, according to Wood.
As part of the recently launched RealView Development Suite 4.0
Professional, the ARM Profiler enables
developers of mobile phone applications running on Symbian OS to add enhanced
features and reduce power consumption. And developers can quickly and
accurately target their optimizations based on immediate feedback on
actual application performance and with the rapid identification of bottlenecks
across a broad range of performance measurements, the company said.
"Consumers expect mobile phone applications to deliver advanced
features, with the best possible performance and minimal power
consumption," said Mike Whittingham, vice president of ecosystem development
at Symbian. "Developers of complex mobile applications have come to expect
the level of power management and performance optimization found within Symbian
OS. The new ARM Profiler provides an
analysis environment that enables developers to maximize the performance and
power efficiency of their applications, on ARM
technology-based mobile phones."
Meanwhile, Wood said Symbian announced two new books to help developers
target the Symbian OS. One book is "Multimedia on Symbian OS-Inside the
Convergence Device." The other is "Common Design Patterns for Symbian
OS-The Foundations of Mobile Software."