Develop .NET applications for Symbian OS

I recently came across a product by RedFiveLabs that allows builders of .NET applications to deploy their products on Symbian clients. Coming from a pretty strict .NET background myself, I found their product NET60 very interesting.

Also check out their demo on how simple it is to package .NET applications as .SIS so it can be deployed on the Symbian S60 devices.

The NET60 platform is the RedFiveLab’s effort to port the .NET Compact Famework from Microsoft onto the Symbian S60 operating system for smart phones.

My take on their product is a bit conservative. I already know that smart phones are usually running over not-that-fast processors,and do not have a whole lot of memory to work with. My question would be, why install a .NET framework on top of Symbian OS, Would it not be worth the effort to develop either C++ based applications using Carbide or Java applications which seem to be a norm with most smart devices like the Symbian based phones.

Although it does give an edge to microsoft based products to be available on Symbian based devices. It is a tempting thought to at least try it out. When I do take the time out and develop something. I shall definitely put it up here for all you Symbian users. 🙂

To work with NET60 you will need:

  1. Visual Studio 2005/2008. If you don’t have a licensed copy of either versions, you can look at the Express version available from http:/www.microsoft.com/express.
  2. Download the evaluation version of NET60 from http://www.redfivelabs.com/net60/Evaluate.aspx.
  3. Have a look at what RedFiveLabs say about .NET framework from http://www.redfivelabs.com/content/NETonSymbian.aspx.
  4. Have a look at the demo for using NET60 from http://www.redfivelabs.com/Demo.aspx.

Disclaimer: I have not personally used the product and I am not endorsing their product. I am just sharing information. 🙂

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Mobilink Speed Tests with Edge

The other day, I was at the workshop getting my car fixed, and instead of wasting time, I thought, might as well use my Nokia 6120 Classic as a modem and connect to the internet. I am a Mobilink subscriber since 1998 and have always had problems with their service. I guess I’m just lazy when it comes to changing.

Anyway, I connected using the Connect to Internet feature in the Nokia PC Suite. I am using Mobilink’s Rs. 500 GPRS package, it’s non-volume based.

Here are some images from two speed tests I did that day.

dslreports.com + Mobilink - WAN (PPP-SLIP) Interface - 460 Kbps

dslreports.com + Mobilink - WAN (PPP-SLIP) Interface - 460 Kbps

Speed Test #63467987 by dslreports.com
Run: 2008-12-24 00:14:21 EST
Download: 54 (Kbps)
Upload: 34 (Kbps)
In kilobytes per second: 6.6 down 4.1 up
Tested by server: 56 java
User: 2 @ dslreports.com
User’s DNS: tw1.biz

speedtest.net + Mobilink - WAN (PPP-SLIP) Interface - 460 Kbps

speedtest.net + Mobilink - WAN (PPP-SLIP) Interface - 460 Kbps

I thought the speed was decent. I didn’t run any other analysis on it. There will probably be a bottle neck at the Mobilink gateways and servers and routers, I am sure of that. Perhaps next time, I will also put in trace route details for the two servers I ran speed test on.

Java Client for Skype by Skype on Nokia 6120 Classic

Something kinda fun and exciting I did today.

I was in a text-only conference on Skype today. It was a really interesting one, however, I need to take a break and stretch my legs. I was in a predicament, what to do, how to excuse myself from an important meeting just to stretch my legs. That wouldn’t reflect too good on my so called professionalism.

So I did the next best thing, I logged into Skype using the Skype Java Client on my Nokia 6120 Classic. It loaded the conversations I was already in. I am using Mobilink’s GPRS service, and at the moment i was not inside their Edge coverage area. There was a bit of load time for the conversations to load.

Once they were loaded, I stepped away from the desk, had coffee, had conversations with my co-workers and a short walk to straighten my back, while all the time stayed in the Skype meeting.

The best thing was that they didn’t even know.

It was almost like I was cheating on the meeting.

On the flip side of it, perhaps they were all doing the same 😉