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Sunday, May 23, 2004

Smalltalk for Mobile Applications

What do developers of mobile applications need? They need a development and deployment platform that allows them to develop on traditional client platforms as well as on mobile devices. They need a platform that has the same power available on a full-scale platform, without all of the excess that normally comes with that. They need a platform that is easy to work with, and easy to update in the field...

  • Creating software for mobile platforms is expensive. Using Cincom Smalltalk, development can proceed on a "pay as you go" model, driving down upfront development costs.
  • Complete binary portability — Developers selecting Cincom Smalltalk can develop on their favorite platform and then deploy to any other — including Windows® CE, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition and Linux® — with no changes. Cincom Smalltalk supports the x86, XScale, and StrongARM-based mobile devices, as well as standard Windows, UNIX, Mac®, and UNIX workstations and servers.
  • Cincom Smalltalk has been under continuous development and deployment for over 30 years now with great success at a number of Fortune 500 firms. None of the competing solutions can point to a similar record of robustness and maturity.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

All recent press releases from the handset manufactures makes it pretty clear the shifting sands of mobile applications development is not going to smalltalk, but to python..

http://www.mobilewhack.com/programming/python/python_on_nokia_screenshots.html

Maybe you should rethink what developers need?

E. Out

Patrick Logan said...

Thanks. Python is good.

However Smalltalk is also good, and I think better.

I don't think the phone vendor's support should demand Python over Smalltalk, anymore than Microsoft's support for the dotnet compact framework or a Java vendor's support for J2ME should demand those products over Python, Smalltalk, or whatever.

For either Python or Smalltalk, the good news that should get out widely is that there is choice over subsets of Java-like languages, and those choices include full featured, mature, simple, and interactive languages.

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