I suppose if you’re a Symbian developer, life can be quite the tough package at the moment – after all, it surely can’t feel too good knowing that the platform you’re developing for is dying a slow but sure death. Why not look to greener pastures, with Microsoft and Nokia working together on a package of new tools which intends to prepare Nokia developers in advance before they make the jump to Windows Phone? We’re talking about the inclusion of Symbian Qt to the Windows Phone API mapping tool, and to put it in layman’s terms, a Windows Phone porting guide for Symbian developers.
Currently, the Windows Phone mapping tool supports iOS and Android, and will function as a translation dictionary between the Windows Phone platform as well as different mobile operating systems. Using this mapping tool, developers are able to pick out the API calls in their apps, check out the equivalent class on a different mobile operating system, and deal with the methods and notification events in Windows Phone from thence.
Bear in mind that this is not going to be as easy as a direct porting tool, but more of a reference than anything else. If you’re a Symbian developer, do you find this particular piece of software useful?