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    Writing Programs for PalmOS . . .

    OK, I'd like to write a program for PalmOS and I'm not sure where to start.

    I've looked at some of the intro stuff at PalmSource and other sites, so I'm starting to get a feel for things. But I thought I'd ask here for some help in how to get started.

    For my background - I used Delphi several years ago. Since then I've done a good bit of ASP (VBScript) programming, including lots of database work and some classes. Most recently I've been doing Java and have learned the OO ropes better.

    I've seen that most of the PalmOS programs are in C and wouldn't mind learning it if needed. I would want a lighter weight program, not one with a VM or something.

    So anyway . . . treat me like an idiot. What now? Where do I begin?

    Oh and one more thing . . . I'm a college student, so free / open source is definitely preferred. Cost is a major factor and I'm not looking to buy Visual Studio or something unless maybe I can figure out how to legally get a drastic discount.
    >thg.
    I want an MPx with PalmOS supporting EV-DO on Verizon!! Is anybody listening?? :splat: 8)

    "An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered." - G. K. Chesterton

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    FYI: there are low-cost student releases of these applications?languages... all you need to do is prove you're a student.. Google it

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    Or use Eclipse

    Additionally, PalmSource recently released version 1.0 of its Eclipse-based PalmOS Developer Suite (PODS), which is absolutely free. Eclipse -- if you aren't already familiar with it -- is a Java-based IDE that uses a plugin architecture to handle all sorts of editing and compiling tasks.

    We're using Eclipse at my day job for J2EE work, and I recently migrated my Palm development environment at home from a Falch.net GCC-based IDE to PODS.

    Perhaps its two biggest selling points to me are:
    1. Excellent editor with all the usual tricks such as syntax highlighting and code insight, structural outline, error tracking, etc.
    2. Strong and easy-to-understand integration with CVS to make version control painless to use.

    Anyone interested in developing needs to get themselves over to PalmSource and register as a developer to get access to the toolkit. It's definitely worth investigating if cost is an issue.

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