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11-28-2004, 10:55 AM
Hi there. I was thinking of purchasing the Sony Clie UX50. But it totally depends on what is available for the Palm OS. Does anyone know what compilers or interpreters are available that can be used for the UX50? Like a GCC compiler?
11-28-2004, 11:04 AM
Hey Neverwinter! Yes, there is a GCC compiler for Palm. It's know as the GNU prc-tools package, and you can get it here: http://prc-tools.sourceforge.net
As I'm sure you know, this package is only a compiler and does not include an IDE, so everything must be done using text (no UI-based form design, etc...) and you must create your own resources.
Alternatively, for $400 you can buy CodeWarrior for Palm which is a very powerful compiler/IDE for C. Here: www.metrowerks.com
Finally, if you choose to go the path of Rapid App Development, you won't get any better than HB++! Check it out here: www.handheld-basic.com
11-28-2004, 02:03 PM
LOL !! that is expensive. I guess I can create my own IDE using Java, though, right? What about Java? Java programming on a UX50?
11-28-2004, 03:41 PM
java programming does exist for Palm, but i don't recommend it unless the apps are for your own personal use and you don't mind a 1-3 mb overhead. Creating your own IDE is possible, but IMO way too much work
11-28-2004, 09:54 PM
sucks... I guess that is one reason why the Pocket PC is winning the war, huh? The Pocket PC has so much more to offer. It sounds like the Palm is being left behind in functionality...
11-29-2004, 01:47 AM
I'm not clear on what you want.
1) Do you want a compiler application that runs on the UX-50?
If you're a C programmer, I recommend OnBoardC:
2) Are you looking for desktop compilers so that you can develop PalmOS apps?
If so, I recommend the official PalmOS IDE, PODS:
Both of these solutions assume you know C or C++. If you don't know C/C++, learning them won't hurt if you want to do PalmOS or PPC development.
11-29-2004, 08:56 AM
Neverwinter, what are you talking about. There are tons more programs written for palm then PocketPC, Palm is a lot better than Pocket PC. Word ^ -Ben
11-29-2004, 05:24 PM
GCC is great, but can only reasonably employed under linux, becase on Windows, it relies on cygwin, which is not exactly a joy to work with...
So, get Codewarrior or switch to Linux =)
P.S. PPC is easier for the developer, PalmOS for the user... Since developers are the one getting paid and users the one paying, I think it's reasonable to favour the second group. (Also it's much more fun developing for POS, because you can toy around a lot more without using much API calls, I'm currently working on a very basic Palm SDL implementation and it's great how you can modify the screen or memory without having to worry about other programs interfering).
P.P.S. I use GCC
P.P.P.S I have no idea if and how PODS employs cygwin, you might want to get some feedback from somebody who actually uses it.
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