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AJ Dussault
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Here's a question I cannot get answered (or I am not looking in the right place!!)
I have decided to do a project for my palm that connects to a small database(four tables). I have an m100, 2meg of memory. Can I connect to Oracle? Is there a book out there that has some examples of this? Please lie to me and tell me I don't need to buy a better Palm.....
Any help would be appreciated.
AJ
 
Eric Giguere
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I wouldn't bother with Java yet for this kind of stuff, the J2ME implementations for the Palm are somewhat lacking. Well, you could go and use something like IBM's J9 VM (part of Visual Age Micro Edition at http://www.embedded.oti.com) because it exposes the Palm APIs for manipulating databases, but then you'd still have to write the code that interfaces between the Palm and the external database -- a conduit, which you could also write in Java.
You could start by reading my Palm book (see below) and understanding how things work on the Palm. You can even go ahead and use products from Oracle or Sybase to move the data on and off the device for you....

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Eric Giguere
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Java 2 Micro Edition : A Professional Developer's Guide
PalmTM Database Programming: The Complete Developer's Guide
 
AJ Dussault
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Eric,
Thanks. I am interested in this for a project for my database class and hopefully will turn into a full blown thesis project (YIKES!)
I am now to the point where I can program my UI. I have narrowed my database down to one table. (All I have to do for the project is show that I can sync the table). I have also downloaded Oracle 8i Lite which has the iConnect module to help me do this.
Your response to my plea, however, gives me pause - have I bitten off more than I can chew? Probably, It wouldn't be the first time...
AJ
 
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If you're doing this for learning purposes then I say go ahead. I thought maybe you were thinking about some kind of commercial implementation.... you see, you have the flexibility to recompile the VM and add in some missing functionality, something that non-educational users can't do without licensing things from Sun.
Eric
 
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