Palm OS Programming from the Ground Up: The Accelerated Track for Professional Programmers

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9780072121520: Palm OS Programming from the Ground Up: The Accelerated Track for Professional Programmers

-- Tutorial for building workable Palm OS applications.
-- CD-ROM contains complete source code for the sample programs. All programs work on all platforms (Palm OS 4, 3.5 for apps that aren't 4.0 specific) Contains Metrowerks CodeWarrior version 7 -- the most popular environment for building Palm apps.

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There's money to be made in developing applications for the Palm OS. As 3Com sells more of its devices, and licensees like Handspring add to the Palm OS universe, there's an ever-growing number of people who want to use their handheld computers to make their lives easier. By reading Palm OS Programming from the Ground Up, you can learn how to satisfy this market demand with quality software. Because author Robert Mykland is so liberal in sharing his ideas and exhibits such talent in communicating them effectively, you'll probably also enjoy the learning process.

Mykland takes care to explain every aspect of the programs he includes in this book, even going so far as to discuss what event-driven interfaces are and what the most elementary C statements do. Sometimes he includes really long code listings without much explanatory commentary in the immediate context, but you're usually able to figure out what he's doing by referring back to earlier sections. As you work through the explanations and exercises, you'll develop a solid understanding of how the Palm OS takes in, processes, and displays information. Experienced C developers won't find this book overly elementary, though, as Mykland digs fairly deep into the Palm OS's capabilities (including a considerable bit about its database format). A concluding section on tricks you can use to minimize bugs and speed the development process is particularly valuable. --David Wall

Topics covered: Developing software for 3Com's Palm OS for handheld computers and means of collecting, storing, and manipulating data. Other topics have to do with designing attractive user interfaces, using Palm OS development tools (especially MetroWerks CodeWarrior 6), databases, and troubleshooting.

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Step-by-Step Strategies for Developing Powerful Applications for Palm Devices

Create custom applications for Palm OS compatible personal digital assistants. Palm OS Programming for the Ground Up shows you everything you need to know to program a Palm handheld device, including how to create GUI elements and add databases. You'll learn to program Palm OS handheld devices quickly and easily with Metrowerks' CodeWarrior Lite included on the bonus CD-ROM. Throughout the book, expert applications developer Robert Mykland provides real-world debugging and architecture advice, as well as details on advanced topics such as using shared libraries.

Work with all versions of Palm OS compatible hardware--including the Handspring Visor Use Metrowerks' new CodeWarrior 6 to create your own Palm OS applications Add user interface elements--buttons, triggers, menus, scrollbars, and more Build custom controls and tables Work with Palm OS services and database management functions Troubleshoot your applications and maximize your memory allocation for faster processing Refer to "In-depth" boxes for advanced coverage of difficult programming techniques Add peripherals and easily find important Palm support sites on the Web

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