29th jun 2004 - Nokia today announced that its certified
training program in mobile software application development
has been expanded to include Nokia Certified Training
Centers in Finland, Korea and Australia, as well as
California. Launched last year in Asia and more recently
expanded to North America and Europe, the training program
is now offered in 11 countries around the world. Professional
training companies joining the program include FCS Partners
(Finland), Hampex (Korea), Object Training (Australia)
and IS Inc. (California).
The program's curriculum has also been expanded. Developed
by Nokia in conjunction with select professional training
companies, the courses are designed around Nokia's Developer
Platforms - basic technical specifications that unite
groups of devices, creating common platforms for developers.
Augmented by Nokia tools, knowledge and other materials,
the curriculum now features eight modular course topics,
including new additions which debut this month, such
as Series 80 C++ 2.0, MMS, and Nokia UIs and Usability.
"The volume opportunities created by Nokia's Developer
Platforms are helping draw record numbers of developers
into the mobile space," said Hamad Rashid, manager,
Developer Training, Nokia Mobile Software. "Mobile
is one of the hottest areas of growth in software development
right now. Our training program is playing an integral
role for many developers as they expand their skill
set to include the mobile arena."
The number of students participating in Nokia developer
training is expected to double this year as interest
in mobile software continues to grow around the world.
Enterprise developers in particular have shown strong
interest in the program - the majority of students thus
far have been corporate attendees. Following the extension
of the training program into Korea, Samsung plans to
enroll 600 of its employees in the classes.
Following the expansion announced today, Nokia training
is now available in the United States, Germany, Italy,
Spain, Finland, Austria, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia,
Australia and Hong Kong. Also announced today, a self-study
kit will be available from Nokia during the second half
of 2004. This will give students in countries without
a Nokia Certified Training Center the opportunity to
benefit from the valuable information taught in the
Each class covers a core technology or group of technologies
vital to developing for Nokia platforms. For example,
the "Series 60 C++ Development Introduction"
course teaches aspiring mobile application developers
how to create advanced Series 60 applications using
the Symbian operating system and C++. Series 60 is the
world's leading smart phone user interface, with over
10 million devices in the market. Created by Nokia,
it is licensed to handset manufacturers representing
approximately 60 percent of the global handset market,
including LG Electronics, Lenovo, Nokia, Panasonic,
Samsung, Sendo and Siemens.
As part of each training course, participants are given
software developer kits (SDKs), all necessary work materials
and CDs containing the tools and resources needed to
create mobile applications and services. Coupled with
the existing tools, documentation, support and other
resources offered by Nokia's global developer operations
group, Forum Nokia, the new training program provides
a clear, comprehensive path to mobile application development.
Training classes are provided free of charge to active
members of Forum Nokia PRO, the advanced developer program
that gives member companies exclusive access to Nokia's
best developer support resources, from loaner devices
to prerelease tools and SDKs. Course information and
training provider details are available at www.forum.nokia.com/training.
For more information about Forum Nokia PRO, please visit
About Forum Nokia
Nokia's global developer program, Forum Nokia connects
developers to 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 achieving
their goal of successfully launching applications and
services to consumers and enterprises. More information
is available at www.forum.nokia.com.
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