Tools Library

Nokia Asha web app tools provide a complete environment for the creation of Nokia Asha web apps. This library provide a comprehensive guide to using these tools.


Nokia Asha web app tools comprises three components:

  • Web Developer Environment (WDE) — built on the Eclipse platform; WDE leverages the powerful code development features of this platform to provide for the editing, packaging, and deploying of web apps.
  • Web Developer Channel (WDC) — this resource is embedded into WDE and provides online access to a range of resources from Nokia that will assist in the development of web apps.
  • Web App Simulator (WAS) — this tool enables web apps to be previewed and debugged. The simulator enables web apps to be tested on your development computer, while an integrated implementation of Web Inspector provides feature that enable web apps to be debugged.

What's new in version 3.0 of the Nokia Asha web app tools

Version 3.0 of the Nokia Asha web app tools provides full support for developing web apps that take advantage version 3.1 of the Nokia Asha web apps runtime in Xpress Browser 3.1. Compared to Nokia Web Tools 2.3, the new version provides:

  • support for devloping web apps that support Nokia Notifications.
  • support for configuring the quality of images that are part of your web app. For more information, see Configuring image quality.
  • support for developing web apps for the features of the web app runtime in Xpress Browser 3.1, including:
    • the Mobile Web Library method mwl.addNavBackListener() to enable the creation of listeners for the activation of the hardware back-button introduced in the New Nokia Asha UI.
  • simulator skin for the New Nokia Asha family on the Nokia Asha software platform 1.0, including simulation of the hardware back-button.
  • support for USB based deployment of web apps to the New Nokia Asha family on the Nokia Asha software platform 1.0.
  • updated and new examples and templates, including:
    • the BackKeySample code example showing the use of the Mobile Web Library addNavBackListener() method for registering a listener for presses of the hardware back-key on Nokia Asha software platform 1.0 based smartphones.
    • the MediaCapture code example showing the use of the media capture features enabled by support for the accept and capture attributes of the HTML input tag.
    • updated Multi-view, RSS feed, Accordian UI, and News templates to support use of the hardware back-button.
    • performance optimisation through lazy loading of images in the NewsReader example and News project template.
  • a warning message for the use of InnerText.
  • an improved feedback mechanism with a NPS (Net Promoter Score) feature.

Supported development platforms

Nokia Asha web app tools are available for computers running Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS X, or Ubuntu Linux. Check the system requirements here.

Supported web app types and version

Nokia Asha web app tools provides support for the development of Series 40 web apps versions 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, and 2.3 and Nokia Asha web apps 3.1.

Note: To create Symbian WRT widgets please use Nokia Web Tools 1.2.

Guide content

This guide provides information on:

Information on getting started with your first web app.

With the exception of the instructions for installing onto an Apple Mac OS X and Linux (Ubuntu) computer, this guide has been written based on use of a Microsoft Windows installation; however the guidance provided is the same for Apple Mac and Ubuntu installations, unless specifically noted.

Last updated 7 October 2013

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