TweetFollow Us on Twitter

PalmSource 99

Volume Number: 16 (2000)
Issue Number: 1
Column Tag: In the Palm of Your Hand

PalmSource 99

by Marshall Clow

Report from the Palm Developers' Conference

Introduction

PalmSource '99 (aka the Palm Developers' Conference) was held in the Santa Clara Convention Center on October 19-22, 1999. It was attended by over 2000 developers, almost twice as many as last year.

The opening keynote was given by Eric Benhamou, CEO of 3Com. He introduced the catch-phrase for the entire conference, the "Palm Economy", referring to all the people involved in creating, selling, buying and using Palm Platform devices. He claimed that there were over 5 million users of Palm devices, and that there were over 4000 software titles available for the platform.

You can't tell the players without a scorecard, and this was certainly true at PalmSource. Palm Computing, Inc (which will be spun out of 3Com early next year in an IPO), has several groups, all pulling in different directions. It is made up of three divisions:

Palm Platform
This is the group that licenses PalmOS and hardware designs. They work with licensees such as IBM, Symbol, Handspring, TRG, and so on. The OS development happens here, too.
Palm Devices
This group designs, builds, and sells the Palm-branded hardware, such as the Palm III, Palm V, and Palm VII.
Palm.net
This group sells/manages/develops the data services used by the Palm VII (and no doubt soon, other wireless devices).

News

The big news of the conference was that Nokia and Palm announced an agreement to implement the PalmOS on the kernel that runs in Nokia cellular phones. Since these phones use the ARM chip instead of the Dragonball processor that is in current PalmOS devices, this will take them a while (think of Apple and the move to the PowerPC). On the other hand, there are millions of Nokia-based cell phones out in the field, and there are thousands more sold every day.

Alan Kessler, president of Palm Computing, laid out a roadmap of the future of PalmOS. He talked about things that Palm will be doing (in the next year or two):

  • Hardware Abstraction for the OS (esp for ARM processor)
  • Produce Reference Hardware Designs - These reference designs will be licensed to Palm Platform developers that want to create Palm compatible hardware.
  • Produce models with differing screen sizes - Right now, all Palm Platform devices have the same screen size, 160 x 160 pixels. In the future Palm (and their licensees) will be producing devices with larger and smaller screen sizes.
  • Better audio
  • Maintain compatibility with current devices
  • Better modularity for the OS (less interdependence between modules)

Development Info

PalmOS 3.5 framework

If you signed an NDA at the conference, you could take home a CD with a bunch of development info about the next major revision of PalmOS, called PalmOS 3.5. The new feature that generated the most excitement at the conference was support for color screens in 3.5. Since there are no Palm-compatible devices out there with color screens, this is clearly an "important future direction" for the Palm Devices group.

A lot of this information is available online at http://www.palm.com/devzone/docs/palmos35.html and http://www.palm.com/devzone/pavilion.html.

Poser 3.0

Palm announced at the conference a major revision to its excellent debugging aid, POSE 3.0. POSE (or POSER, as it is sometimes called) stands for Palm OS Emulator. It is a program that runs on Macs and PCs (and some Unixes) that emulates a Palm OS device. Since POSER runs on the host and can interact with your development system, this makes debugging much easier. You can debug your program in POSER, using the source-level debugger that comes with CodeWarrior.

CodeWarrior r6

Oh yes, CodeWarrior. Metrowerks and Palm announced that CodeWarrior r6 for PalmOS shipped the first day of the conference. This is the same CodeWarrior that mac developers use every day. The same IDE, the same debugger, and so on. It does come with a different linker and resource compiler to generate PalmOS-specific binaries.

Palm Application Framework

Palm announced that they would be teaming up with Bear River Associates to produce the Palm Application Framework. This is a C++ application framework for writing PalmOS applications, similar in principle to MacApp or PowerPlant on the Mac or MFC on Windows. The framework will be released under an Open Source license.

To find out more, you can send email to paf_info@bearriver.com;.

Other sessions

There were also sessions on debugging, memory management, conduits (many, many sessions on conduits) how to write apps for the Palm VII, development tools, and much, much more.

Summary

PalmSource '99 was a great deal for anyone wanting to start or continue a business programming for PalmOS computers. It was a resourding success, with over twice as many attendees as last year, and a great way to get to meet the people developing the Palm OS.

If you couldn't make it to PalmSource '99, check out http://www.palm.com/devzone/index.html, where Palm is making much of the material from the conference available..

See you at PalmSource 2000!


Marshall Clow is a programmer. He has worked for Palomar Software, HP, and Aladdin Systems. Among other things, he has written PICT Detective, Aladdin's Resource Compression Toolkit, and way too many resource-processing tools. He currently works for Adobe Systems, where his title is "Bad Influence". When he's not coding, he can be found mountain biking with his kids or checking out microbreweries. He can be reached at mclow@mailhost2.csusm.edu.

 

Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

OmniPlan Pro 3.6 - Professional-grade pr...
With OmniPlan Pro, you can create logical, manageable project plans with Gantt charts, schedules, summaries, milestones, and critical paths. Break down the tasks needed to make your project a success... Read more
Little Snitch 3.7.1 - Alerts you about o...
Little Snitch gives you control over your private outgoing data. Track background activity As soon as your computer connects to the Internet, applications often have permission to send any... Read more
iMazing 2.1.3 - Complete iOS device mana...
iMazing (was DiskAid) is the ultimate iOS device manager with capabilities far beyond what iTunes offers. With iMazing and your iOS device (iPhone, iPad, or iPod), you can: Copy music to and from... Read more
AppDelete 4.3.1 - $7.99
AppDelete is an uninstaller that will remove not only applications but also widgets, preference panes, plugins, and screensavers along with their associated files. Without AppDelete these associated... Read more
FileZilla 3.23.0.2 - Fast and reliable F...
FileZilla (ported from Windows) is a fast and reliable FTP client and server with lots of useful features and an intuitive interface. Version 3.23.0.2: Bug Fixes and Minor Changes Speed up icon... Read more
PDFpen 8.3 - $74.95
PDFpen allows users to easily edit PDF's. Add text, images and signatures. Fill out PDF forms. Merge or split PDF documents. Reorder and delete pages. Even correct text and edit graphics! Features... Read more
TunnelBear 3.0.8 - Subscription-based pr...
TunnelBear is a subscription-based virtual private network (VPN) service and companion app, enabling you to browse the internet privately and securely. Features Browse privately - Secure your data... Read more
Safari Technology Preview 10.1 - The new...
Safari Technology Preview contains the most recent additions and improvements to WebKit and the latest advances in Safari web technologies. And once installed, you will receive notifications of... Read more
Ableton Live 9.7.1 - Record music using...
Ableton Live lets you create and record music on your Mac. Use digital instruments, pre-recorded sounds, and sampled loops to arrange, produce, and perform your music like never before. Ableton Live... Read more
BetterTouchTool 1.963 - Customize Multi-...
BetterTouchTool adds many new, fully customizable gestures to the Magic Mouse, Multi-Touch MacBook trackpad, and Magic Trackpad. These gestures are customizable: Magic Mouse: Pinch in / out (zoom... Read more

Latest Forum Discussions

See All

Bully: Anniversary Edition (Games)
Bully: Anniversary Edition 1.03.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $6.99, Version: 1.03.1 (iTunes) Description: *** PLEASE NOTE: This game is officially supported on the following devices: iPhone 5 and newer, iPod Touch... | Read more »
PINE GROVE (Games)
PINE GROVE 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: A pine grove where there are no footsteps of people due to continuous missing cases. The case is still unsolved and nothing has... | Read more »
Niantic teases new Pokémon announcement...
After rumors started swirling yesterday, it turns out there is an official Pokémon GO update on its way. We’ll find out what’s in store for us and our growing Pokémon collections tomorrow during the Starbucks event, but Niantic will be revealing... | Read more »
3 reasons why Nicki Minaj: The Empire is...
Nicki Minaj is as business-savvy as she is musically talented and she’s proved that by launching her own game. Designed by Glu, purveyors of other fine celebrity games like cult favorite Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, Nicki Minaj: The Empire launched... | Read more »
Clash of Clans is getting its own animat...
Riding on its unending wave of fame and success, Clash of Clans is getting an animated web series based on its Clash-A-Rama animated shorts.As opposed to the current shorts' 60 second run time, the new and improved Clash-A-Rama will be comprised of... | Read more »
Leaks hint at Pokémon GO and Starbucks C...
Leaked images from a hub for Starbucks employees suggests that a big Pokémon GO event with the coffee giant could begin this very week. The images appeared on Reddit and hint at some exciting new things to come for Niantic's smash hit game. | Read more »
Silent Depth Submarine Simulation (Game...
Silent Depth Submarine Simulation 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $7.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
Enneas Saga lets you lead your own demon...
Defend the land of Enneas Continent from the forces of evil in the new fantasy MMORPG from Lyto Mobi: Enneas Saga. Can’t wait? No problem. It’s available to download now on Android devices. | Read more »
Great zombie games in the spirit of Dead...
Dead Rising 4 arrives tomorrow, giving enthusiasts a fresh chance to take selfies with zombies and get up to other ridiculous end-of-the-world shenanigans. To really get into the spirit of things, we've gone and gathered the best zombie games that... | Read more »
Amateur Surgeon 4 Guide: Advanced tips a...
Amateur Surgeon 4 is still tackling the competition at the top of the App Store charts, so if you haven't tried it out yet, you should probably do that right away. If you've been at it for a while, though, perhaps you're ready to start expanding... | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

Holiday sale: 12-inch Retina MacBook for $100...
B&H has 12″ Retina MacBooks on sale for $100 off MSRP as part of their Holiday sale. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - 12″ 1.1GHz Space Gray Retina MacBook: $1199 $100... Read more
Apple refurbished 13-inch MacBook Airs availa...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 13″ MacBook Airs available starting at $849. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each MacBook, and shipping is free: - 13″ 1.6GHz/8GB/128GB MacBook Air: $849 $... Read more
Apple refurbished iMacs available for up to $...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2015 21″ & 27″ iMacs available for up to $350 off MSRP. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free. The following models are available: - 21″ 3.... Read more
Apple’s Education discount saves up to $300 o...
Purchase a new Mac or iPad using Apple’s Education Store and take up to $300 off MSRP. All teachers, students, and staff of any educational institution qualify for the discount. Shipping is free: -... Read more
Back in stock: Apple refurbished Mac minis fr...
Apple has Certified Refurbished Mac minis available starting at $419. Apple’s one-year warranty is included with each mini, and shipping is free: - 1.4GHz Mac mini: $419 $80 off MSRP - 2.6GHz Mac... Read more
Twenty-Five Years Of Apple Laptops – A person...
Among many other things, the often tumultuous 16th year of the new century marked the 25th anniversary of Apple laptop computers, not counting the optimistically named 16-pound Mac Portable of 1989.... Read more
Landlordy iOS App Adds Support For Appliances...
Riga, Latvia based E-protect SIA is releasing major update (version 1.8) to its Landlordy app for managing rental business financials on the go. Landlordy is iPhone and iPad app designed for self-... Read more
Holiday sale, Apple iMacs for up to $200 off...
B&H Photo has 21″ and 27″ Apple iMacs on sale for up to $200 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 27″ 3.3GHz iMac 5K: $2099 $200 off MSRP - 27″ 3.2GHz/1TB Fusion iMac 5K: $... Read more
Holiday sale: Mac minis for $50 to $100 off M...
B&H Photo has Mac minis on sale for up to $100 off MSRP free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 1.4GHz Mac mini: $449 $50 off MSRP - 2.6GHz Mac mini: $629 $70 off MSRP - 2.8GHz Mac mini: $899 $... Read more
Mac Pros on sale for up to $300 off MSRP, ref...
B&H Photo has Mac Pros on sale for up to $300 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges sales tax in NY only: - 3.7GHz 4-core Mac Pro: $2799, $200 off MSRP - 3.5GHz 6-core Mac Pro: $3699, $... Read more

Jobs Board

*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions- Philade...
Job Description: Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions- San Ant...
Job Description:SalesSpecialist - Retail Customer Service and SalesTransform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
*Apple* Products Tester Needed - Apple (Unit...
…we therefore look forward to put out products to quality test for durability. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store, Read more
SW Engineer *Apple* TV Frameworks - Apple I...
The Apple TV team is looking for a software...create features that reflect the look and feel of Apple TV. Description: Were looking for someone who is Read more
Hardware Design Validation Engineer - *Apple...
The Apple Watch team is looking for a Hardware Design Validation Engineer. This person will be part of the Apple Watch hardware team with responsibilities for Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.