The Symbian Foundation's Web Runtime Tools help turn Web developers into mobile phone application developers.
"Symbian Foundation's open-source Web Development Toolkit IDE (integrated development environment) enables developers to develop and deploy Web applications to mobile devices," Symbian said on its Website.
Symbian Foundation Development Tools Manager Paul Beusterien initially blogged about the tools on April 6 and revisited the issue in an April 29 post describing the impact the tools appear to be having on developers.
Beusterien said Symbian's goal in issuing the new tools is "to help Web developers create applications for the Web Runtime (WRT). The main release [criterion] was to provide an IDE that had at least feature parity with the alternatives. We believed we met that, as well as providing some additional improvements," he said.
""So the lesson seems to be, if you can develop for the Web then you can develop applications for Symbian. The simplicity of this message hopefully makes it easy for the word to spread among the Web development community. With so many Web developers out there and so many great devices coming to market, I'm sure that conversations like the one I had recently will be repeated many times over. Convergence is happening between once distinct tribes and this makes for really interesting and exciting community interactions.It's been proven that compelling applications have the ability to fuel robust communities. In this way, Symbian Web Development Tools are an excellent entry point for Web developers to broaden their experience and seize opportunities in the mobile marketplace. And the low learning curve enables them to just start making and deploying great Web apps, [complementing] their portfolio along the way.""
Meanwhile, Beusterien said Symbian will include deep support for HTML5 in Symbian 4, the next major release of the Symbian smartphone operating system.