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Programming for Palm OS

 
Layne Lund
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I recently purchased a Handspring Visor and am interested in Java development for Palm OS. Is J2ME the appropriate Java technology for this? Where is a good place to start? I'm already browsing java.sun.com for some articles, but I'd also be glad for any tips so I don't waste my time with material would be more beneficial.
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Trey German
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I believe sun has software called MDIP it is a piece of software that converts j2me programs in to PRC files also www.datarepresentations.com has some software that does the same thing but costs money. ur on the right trach i too have a palm and have been working on doing the exact same thing. have fun
 
Layne Lund
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So does anyone have any suggestions about where to start learning how to program with J2ME? I'd sure like to buy a book or get some tutorials on-line. Any referals, especially as to a good book to buy, will be greatly appreciated. I would like the book to have a good explanation about running my programs under Pilot OS. Any suggestions?
 
chanakya khatri
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check out http://www.kawt.de/ for palm programming
sun's site is the best source for j2me development. browse through following threads for more info on books and resources..
http://www.coderanch.com/t/226958/JME/Mobile/beginner

http://www.coderanch.com/t/226942/JME/Mobile/suggestions-good-book-ME
 
Andrew Morrow
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Sun's MIDP for PalmOS is a good place to start. I have used it and it can get smaller jobs done.
If you still want something for free and you do not mind a 100MB download, you might want to take a look at :
IBM's WebSphere Device Developer
In earlier versions, this product had some quality problems, but it has gotten better.
I do not think that Sun is going to do any more releases for Palm. This morning I submitted a question to
Sun's J2ME chat
about a new Palm release and the response negative and suggested that Sun expects the other vendors to pick up the slack.
 
Layne Lund
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Thank you for the input. I decided to by Core J2ME, and it's got some good stuff so far. I'm learning about the MIDP API, but I haven't downloaded the software that will convert a JAR file into the format that Palm OS needs. I hope to eventually get there as I already have some AWT apps that I would like to port to my Palm.
Does WebSphere use Java technology? I'd also be interested in learning other technologies used to develop for Palm-based devices. From what I've seen, you can use C and C++. I know this isn't necessarily the right place to ask, so where can I start looking into other languages that can be used for Palm OS development?
 
Nancy Lehrer
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It looks like Kada Systems will be supporting MIDP on the Palm. The word I have from a sales guy there that they are targeting a release for late Feb.
They have just released a version of MIDP for the PocketPC.
Check out their Mobile Developers Network at
http://mdn.kadasystems.com/
Nancy
[ January 30, 2003: Message edited by: Nancy Lehrer ]
 
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