I was using Netbeans/j2me and eveything was GREAT. Everything just WORKS. You rarely have to read the documentation because things work as you'd expect.
Unfortunately j2me doesn't give the level of control I need over text entry - what's available just doesn't look good ( even being able to set background colour would help ). Everything else is fine and I would use it if I could avoid the user entering text...
So I started looking at Symbian / c++ and CodeWarrior..... that was 2 days ago. I'm STILL trying to get it to work. I haven't come across anything as bad as this since back in the 80s.
It's just basically crap. Considering it's been around in one form or another since the 80s and Netbeans is only around a few yrs at most , HOW can it be so bad ?
Even FINDING the stuff on Nokia's site has been a hugely time consuming business with pages not found,descriptions partially displayed and the essential details buried deep. ( I had to go to yahoo search to find out how much carbide/codewarrior were as the Nokia link doesn't / didn't work and there's nothing in the also difficult to find software market section )
Not ONE single thing has worked first off and most of the documentation / help has not been of any use in fixing problems.
Admittedly, most of the problem appears to be down to sample/example and generated code which just don't work.
I'm going to give it another 2 days tops and then the user is just going to have to make do with an ugly text entry form....
Worse still ; you're expected to PAY! for this ( when the amazing Netbeans is FREE ! ) and who owns it ? Nokia do. Nokia are charging developers for tools that COST hundreds of dollars just to get working after you've bought them...
This is THE worst experience I have had with development tools in 20 yrs in the IT industry.