Palm Programming: The Developer's Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: December 1998
Pages: 482

PalmPilot's popularity is growing and with over a million units sold, the Palm OS dominates the hand-held market. Wired has astutely described Palm's position in a recent article: "On its way to becoming the bestselling hand-held computer of all time, the 3Com PalmPilot has spawned an intense, emotional, and fanatical developer following not seen since the glory days of the Mac." (Wired, 20 Feb. 98).

Palm Programming should be eagerly accepted by programmers because the authors worked closely with Palm to ensure that the book is tailored exactly to the needs of the ever-growing group of Palm developers. As nothing but some piecemeal documentation exists currently, this book provides a much needed solution to the Palm developers. In fact, Palm uses this book as their official developer's guide and will be using it in the future as a key part of their training materials for developers.

There are currently no books on Palm programming (and we know of none that are planned). The only way to learn is by using the reference material published by Palm (available freely on their Web site), the tutorial they provide, or various Palm programming FAQs compiled by third parties.

Palm Programming shows intermediate to experienced C programmers how to build a Palm application from the ground up. Using an easy-to- understand tutorial approach, this book gives readers everything necessary to create a wide range of Palm applications and conduits, from simple scripts through full-blown applications, and in the process provides thorough coverage of Palm programming. It includes a CD-ROM (Macintosh and Windows compatible) with the full source code to the examples in the book, a trial version of Palm's Software Development Kit, and third-party developer tools, including Metrowerks' CodeWarrior Lite programming kit.

Outline

Part 1: Overview of Palm OS and devices

Chapter 1: The Palm Solution Chapter 2: Developing for Palm OS Chapter 3: Designing a solution

Part 2: Programming for the handheld

Chapter 4: Structure of an Application Chapter 5: Forms and Form Objects Chapter 6: Databases Chapter 7: Menus Chapter 8: Extras Chapter 9: Communications Chapter 10: Debugging

Part 3: Programming for the desktop: conduits

Chapter 11: Getting started with conduits
Chapter 12: Uploading and Downloading Data Chapter 13: Two-way Syncing Appendix: Where to go from here

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Great book, highly recommended

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  • Accurate
  • Concise
  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples

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  • Too basic

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Comments about oreilly Palm Programming: The Developer's Guide:

This book covers all of basics in Palm Programming and is a great place to start when starting to develop for this mobile platform. I also recommend downloading the Palm SDK along side this book it could really help. Also, check out [@] if your looking for a freelance palm OS developer or palm OS development jobs. Great service.

 
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It's a brillient book in My opinion .Nikhil

 
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This book started out great I was pretty good at C/C++ and wanted to start developing applications on the palm pilot. As I said it started out great it was simple easy to follow and very direct. I made the hello application in a snap and understood totaly what it did, but then everything took a turn for the worse all of a sudden I couldn't understand anything the code began to look like some forieng language. I think picked up Palm OS Programming: From the ground up this book was great and picked me up easily where the other book had left me. If you are a seasoned C/C++ programmer I would highly suggest Palm Programming: The Developer's Guide but if not stear clear of this book and pick up Palm OS Programming: From the ground up.

 
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I thought the book was great! I am a total newbie to Palm Programming. I was able to get the hello app complied and running in a snap. From there I am working on my custom Palm app. Great book for those new to the Palm OS!

 
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This book has the best descriptions and information of Palm programming topics. Most others just have page after page of the authors source code, which in my opinion is a poor way to take up space in a book. Palm Programming could be a little more updated, but it's the best out there.

 
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I haven't found very useful the book. In my opinion, the Palm Developer Zone have more useful and free information. Evenmore, the CD in my book came with a big scratch so I couldn't read the CD content. The book's simplicity and lack of depth coverage for things such as web clipping and conduits put this book at the very basic level. If you are an experimented programmer of C or Java then this book is not for you. You will be better off gathering information directly from Palm.

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