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PalmOS Development Tools , Decisions

PalmOS Development Tools , Decisions

PalmOS Development Tools , Decisions

I have been looking around for certain tools to development, one that I can currently testing the demo of is AppForge ( a VB Addin that allows you to use VB to create Palm Applications )

Appforge cost about 695$ (and seems limited at that)

Another one is MobileBuilder 2.0 from penright.com

This one seems much more promising, except the pricetag nearly choked me (since I assume its high priced because not only does it do PalmOS but much more)

but one I am considering is CodeWarrior 7.0 for PalmOS
lets you develope Palm appz from Windows 9x/NT/2000 and MacOS.

Unfortunatly I cant apply for the academic lisense (only 119$) otherwise I would have it now. Palm Computing seems to endorse this one the most, and I am wondering if it's worth it to get the standard lisense (369$)


Any Opinions, sugestions?

The idea of using Appforge in VB is nice, but it seems limited, codewarrior might be my choice (I do know C++ as well as other Visual Studio Platforms, so getting used to one or the other is not a problem, just the price for what you get is my concern)

Experienced in : C++(both VC++ and Borland),VB1(dos) thru VB6, Delphi 3 pro, HTML, Visual InterDev 6(ASP(WebProgramming/Vbscript)


RE: PalmOS Development Tools , Decisions

I had Appforge DEMO but I too had problem with it.
I could have gotton it for $299.00 developer Pre-release but since I didn't have any luck with it I decided against it.
The Palm VII is my PDA of choice.  I have an App loaded on it called DPWEB which lets one surf  NON-graphic WEB pages wihtout frames.
So the idea is to forget developing an app in the Palm itself but instead developing a WEB app which can be opened from the Palm or any thing that surfs a WEB site, PC's PDA,  etc. you name it. Its a whole new way of thinking.
Here is a DEMO on my site if you would like to see it.


PS this WEB link is not together, copy both lines and paste it in your browser as one.

PS the is a grainy picture of My Palm VII on that site too.

Anyway don't know if that helps at all.

DougP, MCP
 Visit my WEB site www.barcodeone.com to see how Bar-codes can help you be more productive

RE: PalmOS Development Tools , Decisions


try http://www.falch.net

You can get a free trial. It covers a GNU C-compiler, emulator, PalmOS SDK, forms editing, debugging without Palm connected...

I think, not only because of the reasonable price around $230 this will be my personal choice.


RE: PalmOS Development Tools , Decisions

I've been using Codewarrior since Release 5 (3 years) and I absolutely love it. I know it is expensive but I think it is worth it, I think you can download a R7 demo in www.palmos.com/dev , try it and you will love it too, there is a lot of reference material, a course in www.codewarrioru.com (free) and every book about Palm Programming recomends Codewarrior.
I one used Satelite Forms and I really didn't like it, I know about PocketC (not very pro), Appforge (easy, because you programm in VB but the apps are slower and that is a huge con in Palm apps).
I suggest that if you can't buy Codewarrior, use the free GNU compiler you can get.

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