Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 15th Oct 2012 21:15 UTC, submitted by Arto Salmi
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Well, that escalated quickly. I'm not entirely sure what to make of this, but I think Nokia has just revealed that Symbian is dead - dead as in, no more development. In a comment on a feature request for Symbian in Nokia's bug tracker, the company writes: "Thank you for your improvement ideas, thus Symbian is in maintenance mode and no new features will be implement without extremely good reason (business case). We have written down your ideas for future development if there is a chance that new features will be released." This means Symbian Belle FP2 is the last Symbian version. Odd, because Symbian devices are still being sold.
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Too bad developers don't think that way. They won't code for a platform designed to be sold in low-end phones.

Symbian was pain to use:

- Use of C++ contructors not allowed
- Three different types of strings
- Use of ARM TRAPs bundled with magic macros, instead of more sane error handling
- A braindead toolchain based in batch files, Perl scripts and auto-generated Makefiles
- Coding conventions that made Hungarian notation feel nice

Overall it was more pleasant to develop software for MS-DOS than for Symbian!

Of course, everyone jumped ship to more normal platforms.

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