Nokia Qt and Java Training (Lagos)
The past three days have been wonderful thanks the awesome training we received from Nokia West Africa. The three day workshop was jam-packed with intense training on the J2ME platform for the Series 40 Handsets which is the most popular phone line in Nigeria and of course the Symbian Platform.
Originally I wanted to cover the event live using twitter with the hash tag #tgenius. But I had to stop as there was simply no time to tweet. What could easily be a month’s training was summarised into three days and as a result, It was information overload.
The first day, we were introduced to the J2ME Platform. This is the platform for mobile java applications especially the Nokia Series 40 handsets. So we used the Nokia series 40 as a case study. The series 40 phones includes the very popular Nokia 5130 Express Music phone. These set of devices aren’t really smart phones even though they can do many of the things that smart phones do like email, surf the web, Play music, Video and Now with Nokia’s latest iteration, They added Push Notifications, Location and Touch Gestures. Nokia’s drive to push smart phone features to the mass market is certainly commendable.
- Introducing the J2ME Platform
- Designing a simple J2ME Application using the built in UI
- Designing Games and Custom UI using the Canvas APIs
- Getting Started with S40 APIs using (SMS and Location APIs as case studies)
During the program the instructor designed a simple text messaging application using aforementioned APIs with the Netbeans IDE.
Personally, I’m not new to the J2ME platform so I wasn’t really attentive (Ma Bad). However, I learnt a few new tricks like using the flow editor in Netbeans rather than coding everything. And about Nokia’s New Series 40 v6 Phones that will soon hit the market with really innovative features like Location services using the Cell-ID Technology (Even though the phone doesn’t have GPS which to me is a touch of genius).
Day Two – Ovi Browser and Nokia Web Tools
- About Web Applications
- The Ovi Browser and How it Works
- How s40 web apps work with the Nokia Proxy and Ovi Browser
Day Three – Qt and QML for Symbian Development
The third day of the event didn’t start with Qt Training. However, I separated it for a reason. I had high hopes about learning about Qt and what it had to offer. But I was completely blown away by this framework. I haven’t been this excited about a framework or library since I learnt about JQuery. In fact, If you think of Qt as the “JQuery” of C++, you wouldn’t miss the mark by much.
Permit me to give you some history: Being a C++ programmer, I was interested in the Symbian platform especially the s60. However, I was seriously turned off with how disorganized and complicated the framework was. Even to setup your development environment was unnecessarily cumbersome. And so after sweating to run a “Hello World” Application. I vowed never to come anywhere close to Symbian OS Development. Qt (pronounced ‘Cute’) is the complete opposite.
Qt on the other hand transcends Nokia and Mobile Development. Its an awesome framework that companies like Autodesk (Maya), Google (Google Earth), Linux (KDE), Adobe (Photoshop) e.t.c have been using to develop multi-platform applications. Unlike Java which is “write once and (hope) it runs everywhere”, with Qt you write once and build everywhere. If you design a Calculator application, you can immediately build it for your Windows 7, Mac, Linux, Symbian and now Android Phone or Tablet without touching a single line of code.
- Introduction to Qt
- Coding and Testing a simple Qt application
- Qt Quick (QML)
- Using Mobility APIs like Maps, Location
On a final note, Nokia is organizing a competition called Create 4 Millions where the winner takes home a whooping $1,000,000. So this training couldn’t have come at a better time. Like I said earlier, We moved at lightning speeds to try and cover up. So most of it still requires personal experimentation and self learning.
And so a BIG thank you to Teemu Kiijarvi (EDX Lead Nokia West Africa), Jarmo Rintamaki (Training Manager) and most of all to Tony Torp (Instructor) for the training. It was simply Awesome.