Early last year, I realised there needed to be a better way of creating applications quickly. Most applications I was writing were much the same with only about 5% to 10% being unique business logic. I was spending lots of time plugging together screens, controls and dealing with the usual Symbian nuances.
Existing solutions such as Appforge, OPL and Python weren’t that attractive as they either incurred per-device runtime costs, were incompatible with latest phones and/or didn’t provide a way of hiding the human-readable script for commercial purposes.
In the latter part of last year I worked on a new rapid application development environment called SymRAD. It currently works on Series 80, Series 60 3rd Edition and UIQ 3.0. You can find more information at symrad.com.
The development environment isn’t in a good enough state yet to be used by 3rd parties – so please don’t contact me asking where you can download it. However, the resulting applications are quick, easy to write and very robust. Hence, I expect to be able to create lots of new Symbian OS 9.1 applications over the coming months as the new phones ship.