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Cincom Smalltalk™ Mobile App: HexSolve

Buck wanted to make mobile app development faster and easier than it has ever been before and chose Cincom Smalltalk for the framework of the game because "it’s the best environment to use for fast and easy development."

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Mobile App Development for Apple® Products and Android™ Using Cincom Smalltalk

 
Located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Simberon, Inc. specializes in Smalltalk application development. Recently, Founder David Buck used Cincom Smalltalk to develop HexSolve – a puzzle game for the mobile apps market. Buck wants to make mobile app development faster and easier than it has ever been before. He says, “Of course, I would choose the best tool available. Cincom Smalltalk is the framework for the game because it’s the best environment to use for fast and easy development.”

“Cincom Smalltalk allows me to develop new mobile apps more quickly and to make changes faster than I could otherwise.”

Expectations

Buck says, “Having used Cincom Smalltalk for years, I knew exactly what to expect from it: rapid development, mature and powerful tools and integrated version control. Cincom Smalltalk delivered on all of these expectations.”

What is HexSolve?

In the game, you slide numbered hexagonal tiles around on a board. If you make a chain of consecutive numbers, the highest-numbered tile increments and the remaining tiles disappear. One or more tiles are marked as “targets.” The goal of the game is to advance or eliminate all of the target tiles. There are many puzzle games in the mobile marketplace. However, according to Buck, “By providing the game for iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch® and for Android, we have access to a market of over 1.5 billion mobile devices. Now that we’ve proven the technology with HexSolve, we’re using the same framework to build other games.”

Why Cincom Smalltalk?

Buck says,

“It wasn’t a difficult choice! We did a few initial tests with Java and C; however, Java code isn’t portable to iOS, and C code was much too difficult for complex applications. We really needed a better cross-platform development environment and automatic garbage collection. Cincom Smalltalk was the best tool for the game.”

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