ESPOO, Finland, January 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Nokia (NYSE: NOK)
today announced that it has taken a step further in support of mobile
open-source software application development by agreeing to release the
source code for its Python for S60 Platform software package to the global
community of open-source software developers.
The agreement follows on last year's launch by Nokia of the Python for
S60 Platform, which enables programmers, ISVs and businesses worldwide to
utilize the powerful Python programming language to execute Python commands
and run Python scripts and applications on S60-based mobile devices.
The source code for Python for S60 Platform will be made available to the
open-source software development community through SourceForge.net, which
provides free hosting to open-source software development projects and is the
world's largest Open Source software development web site, hosting more than
100,000 projects and over 1,000,000 registered users with a centralized
resource for managing projects, issues, communications, and code.
Nokia is contributing the core components of the Python for S60 software
back to the open-source developer community in order to encourage developers
to take advantage of the potential for open-source mobile applications
development on the S60 Platform, the leading smartphone platform. Nokia is
also continuing to contribute and work within the open source community in
driving the Python for S60 technology forward.
"During the past year, the popular developer-friendly features of the
Python open-source language have enabled growth of a dynamic community new to
mobile development to write applications that are leveraging the potential of
S60-based devices," said Lee Epting, vice president, Forum Nokia. "Now, Nokia
is extending its commitment to open-source software initiatives and hopes
that its contribution of source code back to the Python developer community
will drive further enthusiasm and innovations in the development of
leading-edge open-source mobile solutions for the rapidly expanding
smartphone market worldwide."
"I was excited last year when Nokia announced its port of Python to its
advanced phones. I'm even more excited now that Nokia is open-sourcing the
port." said Guido van Rossum, creator of the Python programming language and
president of the Python Software Foundation. "Opening up the platform makes
the phones accessible, and will inevitably lead to cool new applications, as
well as to third-party improvements to the port itself."
Nokia's involvement with the Python open-source community began last year
when Nokia made available the Python for S60 software package for free
download from the website of Nokia's global developer support community,
Forum Nokia. The Python for S60 software package installs to a S60
platform-based device, enabling developers to create applications with the
simple and consistent, object-oriented Python programming language.
Python for S60 is well-suited to the development of prototype and
proof-of-concept applications, enabling development of commands, scripts and
applications for S60-based mobile devices. The Python for S60 runtime can
also be easily extended with dynamically loadable C++ modules, enabling
developers to expose additional native device functionality to Python
applications. Developers can execute Python commands using an interactive
console in a S60-based device, accessible via the keypad or a remote
connection to a PC over Bluetooth.
Using Python for S60, developers can write Python applications and
install them to a S60-based device and the device can then run these
applications from the Python environment. Python applications can also be
developed to run as standalone applications with the selection of an icon
from the device menu. Using Python for S60, developers also can execute
Python commands and scripts in the emulators of S60 SDK's.
The S60 platform, built on the Symbian OS, is the leading smartphone
software in the world and it is licensed by some of the foremost mobile phone
manufacturers in the market. The flexibility of the S60 platform allows for
various hardware designs and software configurations. This is demonstrated
through the multitude of S60 devices already available on the market. Through
its award-winning user interface, extensive support for new mobile services
and the innovation potential for partner solutions, the S60 provides an open
and scalable business opportunity for mobile operators and 3rd party
The source code for Python for S60 Platform will be posted by Nokia to
SourceForge.net. Further information and a link to the project can be found
by visiting http://opensource.nokia.com/.
Python is a powerful object-oriented programming language that is
developed and maintained by a global community of open source developers
under the oversight of the Python Software Foundation. Python is relatively
easy to learn for programmers of other languages such as C, C++, Java, and
Visual Basic, and can therefore assist programmer productivity. It is often
characterized as an agile language that promotes speedy development and
includes a unit-testing framework for building more robust applications.
Python is often used in large system development to decrease software costs,
and meet aggressive schedules. The language is the basis of applications used
by tens of thousands of companies and organizations worldwide, and its user
base is growing rapidly.
About Forum Nokia
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tools, technical information, support, and distribution channels they can use
to build and market applications around the globe. From offices in the U.S.,
Europe, Japan, China, and Singapore, Forum Nokia provides technical and
business development support to developers and operators to assist them in
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