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2001 FREENIX Track Technical Program - Abstract

A Practical Scripting Environment for Mobile Devices

Brian Ward, The University of Chicago


Software development for small mobile devices concentrates on cross-compiling C into platform-specific object code. Each platform has its own idiosyncrasies in setting up an application, memory management, display management, and so on. We present a new programming approach based on dynamic content generation that simplifies development of common applications for mobile devices. This paper introduces new software development tools intended for mobile devices; our approach utilizes a compiler and a multiplatform runtime environment. In the text, we first note a few problems in mobile code development, then briefly analyze a typical mobile application. From this, we draw a similarity to a familiar programming model, and formulate what we would like to borrow from that and apply to mobile code development. Finally, we present the current status of the project and its future plans.
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