Report: Wireless Developers Dissatisfied With Tools

Some of the most crucial tools of the wireless trade aren’t meeting the expectations of developers, a poll conducted by research firm Evans Data Corp. shows. About 78 percent of participants said testing and debugging tools are “extremely” or “very” important, but only 34 percent of them characterized those products as “excellent” or “very good.” Similarly, about 63 percent of respondents said emulation tools are “extremely” or “very” important, but only 28 percent said they are “excellent” or “very good.”

Although this particular study didn’t go into the more granular question of why they were dissatisfied with the testing and debugging and emulation devices, the number-one complaint lodged against them generally is that they lack of compatibility with other tools, Evans Data Corp. President John Andrews said. “Because of that, there is a training issue and a productivity issue,” he explained. “Both of those lead to them making less money.”

Part of the problem with wireless developers’ discontent lies in their own lofty expectations. There’s a bit of a disparity between where they think these tools ought to be with regard to capability and compatibility, and the current technical state of these products, Andrews said. “As we’ve seen with introductions of other development environments, platforms and tools, in the wireless area we’re still seeing a maturity gap. We’re still very early on in the game.

“There are a couple of areas to consider,” he added. “It goes back to integration. It’s making the technology stack seamless from…



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