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Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 1. Introduction

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

—Arthur C. Clarke

This is a book about making software work on the most widely used open mobile device operating system on the planet, in other words, it is about porting to the Symbian platform. It is also a book that describes a new paradigm for the development of native applications[] on mobile devices, creating and using code that is much more portable than has been possible historically. If that doesn't already sound like something that's worth investing your time and effort in, then hopefully this chapter will convince you.

[] Native applications are delivered in a binary format which the hardware understands directly, rather than being interpreted by some intermediate software layer.


  

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