Nokia trains developers on Java ME and Qt
Most people in the IT community and even those outside it are aware that any product that is developed has to have the ability to be accessed through a mobile device. That’s why everywhere you look, you find there is a great demand for skilled staff who understand how to develop a User Interface for mobile applications, provide a great User experience and be able to develop for all sorts of mobile platforms – whether they be mobile phones or tablets.
Companies are setting up in-house training facilities and are spending many hours trying to bring their teams up to speed on the latest technologies. Some universities are beginning to provide additional courses on Mobile Application development to serve the needs of the industry and to make their graduates more employable.
That is why we were delighted when Rabia Azfar of Nokia Pakistan told us that Nokia was planning a Developers Workshop which would include:
Introduction to J2ME and the tools, Mobile Java Standards, Nokia enhancements beyond the standard, Building GUIs with native components, painting one’s own GUI, Memory management and performance, Java on Series 40 platoforms, Designing for touch and Qt for mobile development amongst other things.
I was there for the Inaugural session and then again for the closing session. It was good to see so many young developers stay through the 4 days of training. Usually there are dropouts on the 2nd or 3rd day but the training must have been intense and valuable because there was 100% attendance. At the closing session I had the chance to speak with Teemu Kiiiarvi, Developer Relations Manager, Middle East and Africa at Nokia South Africa in some detail. Teemu was of the opinion that the developers in Pakistan were much more talented and keen to learn and absorb new ideas and skills than in many other countries in the region. He said it had been a pleasure for him and his colleagues from Nokia to work with the developers and to provide hands-on training. Teemu and Rabia both expected that in the weeks and months ahead, these young people and their companies would be coming up with innovative new applications for the Nokia platform that would certainly find its way onto the Nokia Ovi online applications store.
I think they were not being overly optimistic because as I chatted with the young developers, some of them shared ideas for apps that they had already started working on. They were excited about the new skills they had learnt and were keen to implement them.
We need many more such workshops to happen across the country so that our developers will continue to be at the cutting edge of development. Nokia has already promised to hold a developer’s training workshop in Lahore in April and then subsequently in Islamabad. But, as Rabia Azfar pointed out “We will only hold them if we have at least 60 registrations in each of the cities. Piece of cake Rabia – piece of cake! There are many more developers who are dying to attend hands-on training conducted by international experienced trainers. Bring it on and we will register the applicants. P@SHA was proud to be a partner in bringing this workshop to Karachi. We will continue to work with Nokia on subsequent workshops and other exciting initiatives. Watch out for them!