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Quick Recipes on Symbian OS: Mastering C++ Smartphone Development by Michael Aubert

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Chapter 1. Introduction and Setup

The first part of this chapter will help you set up your development environment using free tools.

While your computer is busy downloading and installing software, you should read the second part of this chapter. It contains a host of critical information you need before you start using the development tools.

When all the tools are installed, there are a few more minor configuration steps to go through in the last part of this chapter.

Tools: What You Need and Where to Find It

System Requirements

System requirements for C++ development on Symbian OS v9.x are as follows:

  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional with Service Pack 3 or MS Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2, running on a laptop or desktop computer. At the time of writing this book, most Symbian OS SDKs do not support Windows Vista.

  • At least 512 MB of RAM (1.5 GB recommended).

  • 1-GHz or faster Pentium-class processor (2-GHz Pentium-class processor recommended).

  • At least 1 GB of free disk space (5 GB recommended).

  • 16-bit color display capable of a 1,024 × 768 pixels resolution.

  • Java™ Runtime Environment (JRE) 1.4.1_02 or later (available from java.sun.com).

  • ActivePerl 5.6.1 build 568 or later (available from activestate.com).

  • Microsoft Core XML Services (MSXML) 4.0.

  • ZIP decompression software to open the installation package.

  • Local-administrator rights for installation and removal of software.

  • The PC Suite software for your handset. You should find the latest version of this software on the website ...

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