Home > Store

Palm OS Programming

Register your product to gain access to bonus material or receive a coupon.

Palm OS Programming

  • Published Oct 25, 2002 by Sams.

Book

  • Sorry, this book is no longer in print.
Not for Sale

Description

  • Copyright 2002
  • Dimensions: 7-3/8" x 9-1/8"
  • Pages: 576
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-672-32413-X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-672-32413-0

The PalmOS is the most widely-distributed operating system for handheld computers, with tens of millions of devices in use worldwide. Palm has a thriving developer community, with over 350,000 registered developers and countless hobbyist developers. The new edition of PalmOS Programming introduces the many updates to the PalmOS operating system in the past 24 months, including wirelss, color, and the Visor devices. In addition, this book looks forward at the next generation of Palm development and the new OS 5 slated for release in late 2002.

Downloads

Downloads

The source code for the examples developed in the book - 1,120 kb -- code.zip

Sample Content

Online Sample Chapters

Rapid Development Using POSE, the Palm OS Emulator

Rapid Development Using POSE, the Palm OS Emulator

Table of Contents

(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with a Summary.)

Introduction.

I. GETTING STARTED WITH PALM PROGRAMMING.

1. Introduction to Palm Programming and CodeWarrior.

The Palm Computing Platform. What Is a Palm Application? How Are Palm Applications Written? CodeWarrior and Development Tool Choices. What Tool Is Best for You? Tools Used in This Book. The Palm SDK.

2. Anatomy of a Palm Application.

PilotMain and the Smallest Palm Program Ever. The Main Form. Hello Palm! The Source Code. Creating a CodeWarrior Project for “Hello Palm”. Creating a GCC Project for “Hello Palm”. Building and Running “Hello Palm”.

3. Rapid Development Using POSE, the Palm OS Emulator.

Where to Get POSE. ROM Images. Skins. Creating, Loading, and Saving POSE Sessions. Installing Applications and Databases. Taking Screenshots. Creating a Bound Copy of POSE. Advanced POSE Techniques. The OS 5 Simulator.

4. Debugging Techniques for Palm Applications.

Why Palm Debugging Is Different. Defensive Programming. Effective Debugging Techniques for the Palm. The CodeWarrior Debugger. Other Debugging Tools. Using Gremlins to Find Problems.

5. Creating and Managing Resources.

What Is a Palm Resource? Why Use Constructor? Why Use PilRC? Creating a Resource Project File.

II. PROGRAMMING THE PALM USER INTERFACE.

6. Interacting with the User: Forms.

The Palm User Interface. What Is a Form? Programming with Forms. Using Forms to Capture User Input. More Complex Forms: Event Handlers.

7. Form Elements.

What Kinds of Form Elements Are Available? Custom Gadgets.

8. Button Controls.

What Is a Control Object? What Is a Button? Guidelines for the Use of Buttons. General Guidelines on Buttons. Using Buttons in Your Application. A Simple Survey Application.

9. Labels and Fields.

Form Labels. Input Fields. Using Constructor to Create Labels and Fields. Using Labels and Fields in Your Application. Just What the Doctor Ordered.

10. Giving the Users a Choice: Lists and Pop-up Triggers.

Lists in the Palm Environment. Guidelines for Using Lists in an Application. Creating List Resources. Creating Pop-up List Resources. Adding List and Pop-up List Handling to Your Application. A Shopping List Revisited.

11. Tables.

What Is a Table? Table Functionality. When to Use Tables Instead of Lists. Adding Tables to Your Program. Putting It All Together: FishTable. Tables and Databases.

12. Menus.

What Is a Menu? Guidelines for Menu Usage. Using Constructor to Create Menus. Handling Menu Events in Your Application.

13. Drawing Graphics.

The Palm Display. Palm OS Graphics Primitives. The Palm OS Window Model. PalmDraw: A Graphics-Drawing Demonstration Program.

14. Handling Pen Events.

What Is a Pen Event?. How Pen Events and Control Events Coexist. Pen Events and Graffiti. Doodle: Creating a Pen-Drawing Program. Even More Fun: Tic-Tac-Toe.

15. Adding Color to Palm Applications.

Color and Bits. Color and User Interface Elements. RGB Values, the Palette, and the Color Table. Setting the Color of Your User Interface Elements. Using Color with Drawing Routines. Letting Users Pick a Color. Putting Colors to Work: The ColorTest Sample.

III. MEMORY, DATABASES, AND FILES.

16. Palm OS Memory Management.

Overview of the Palm OS Memory Manager. Allocating and Using Memory. Memory Allocation Functions. Memory Manipulation.

17. Understanding Palm OS Databases.

The Palm Database Model. The Palm Data Manager. Using the Data Manager to Create and Manipulate Databases. Browsing Palm Databases with DBBrowse.

18. Palm Databases and Record Management.

How Are Databases and Records Connected? Using the Data Manager with Records. Querying Database Records. Manipulating Database Records. Fish List: A Record Management Sample Application.

19. Categories.

What Is a Category? Palm SDK Support for Categories. How to Add Category Support to Your Application. Adding Categories to the Fish List Application: What Kind of Fish Was That?

20. Expansion Memory Cards and the Virtual File System.

A Brief History of Memory Storage on Palm-Powered Handhelds. A Proliferation of Standards. Palm's Initial Rollout. Palm OS 4.0 and VFS, the Virtual File System. A Brief History of Expansion Support in Palm OS. Enter VFS, the Virtual File System. VFS and Developers.

IV. COMMUNICATIONS.

21. Serial Communications.

The Serial Port Hardware. The Serial Communications Software. Serial Manager Essentials. PalmTalk: A Palm OS Serial Terminal Application.

22. Infrared Communications: OBEX and Exchange Manager.

What Is Exchange Manager? Client and Server Roles. Using Exchange Manager.

23. Using the Infrared Library.

The IrDA Standard. Implementing Infrared Connectivity in a Palm Application. IrDemo: Building a Palm OS IR Application.

24. A Survey of Wireless Options for Palm Developers.

Options for Wireless Communication. The Developer's Perspective.

25. Palm.Net and Web Clipping.

The Palm Difference. The Problem with Wireless Internet Connectivity. Enter Web Clipping and Palm.Net. The Developer Perspective. What Is a Web Clipping Application? Design Guidelines for PQAs. Steps Involved in Creating a PQA. A Sample PQA: Palm Programming Information Kiosk.

26. Using TCP/IP and Net.lib.

The Palm OS Network Stack. Connectivity Options and the Preferences Panel. The Net.lib Development Environment. Using the Network Library. Roadmap to Sample Applications.

V. ADVANCED TOPICS.

27. Overview of Conduits.

What Is a Conduit? How Does Hot-Sync Interact with Conduits? How to Obtain the Conduit SDK. Development Tools and Programming Environment. Other Conduit Development Options.

28. Programming Palm OS Conduits.

Framework Choices. Structure of a Basic Conduit. Optional Interfaces. The Generic Conduit Framework. Using the HotSync Manager APIs. The HotSync Log API. Putting It All Together: A Simple Conduit.

29. Shared Libraries: Extending the Palm OS.

Encapsulating Functionality: Shared Libraries. The Palm Shared Library Model. Implementing a Shared Library. Example-ShrLib-A Simple Shared Library.

30. Other Advanced Project Types: Multi-Segment and Static Libraries.

When Is a Palm Application Too Large? Other Options for Alleviating Size Problems. Using Static Libraries to Reduce Project Complexity.

31. Saving Program State: Application Preferences.

Dealing with Palm OS Application Switching. What Are Application Preferences? Using Application Preferences. Using the Palm SDK Functions to Handle Application Preferences. System Preferences.

32. Palm OS 5 and ARM: Looking into the Future.

What Is Palm OS 5? What's in Store for the Users? What's in Store for the Developers? PACE and Application Compatibility. The Palm Simulator. A Developer's “To Do” List for Palm OS 5.

Index.

Updates

Submit Errata

More Information

InformIT Promotional Mailings & Special Offers

I would like to receive exclusive offers and hear about products from InformIT and its family of brands. I can unsubscribe at any time.

Overview


Pearson Education, Inc., 221 River Street, Hoboken, New Jersey 07030, (Pearson) presents this site to provide information about products and services that can be purchased through this site.

This privacy notice provides an overview of our commitment to privacy and describes how we collect, protect, use and share personal information collected through this site. Please note that other Pearson websites and online products and services have their own separate privacy policies.

Collection and Use of Information


To conduct business and deliver products and services, Pearson collects and uses personal information in several ways in connection with this site, including:

Questions and Inquiries

For inquiries and questions, we collect the inquiry or question, together with name, contact details (email address, phone number and mailing address) and any other additional information voluntarily submitted to us through a Contact Us form or an email. We use this information to address the inquiry and respond to the question.

Online Store

For orders and purchases placed through our online store on this site, we collect order details, name, institution name and address (if applicable), email address, phone number, shipping and billing addresses, credit/debit card information, shipping options and any instructions. We use this information to complete transactions, fulfill orders, communicate with individuals placing orders or visiting the online store, and for related purposes.

Surveys

Pearson may offer opportunities to provide feedback or participate in surveys, including surveys evaluating Pearson products, services or sites. Participation is voluntary. Pearson collects information requested in the survey questions and uses the information to evaluate, support, maintain and improve products, services or sites, develop new products and services, conduct educational research and for other purposes specified in the survey.

Contests and Drawings

Occasionally, we may sponsor a contest or drawing. Participation is optional. Pearson collects name, contact information and other information specified on the entry form for the contest or drawing to conduct the contest or drawing. Pearson may collect additional personal information from the winners of a contest or drawing in order to award the prize and for tax reporting purposes, as required by law.

Newsletters

If you have elected to receive email newsletters or promotional mailings and special offers but want to unsubscribe, simply email information@informit.com.

Service Announcements

On rare occasions it is necessary to send out a strictly service related announcement. For instance, if our service is temporarily suspended for maintenance we might send users an email. Generally, users may not opt-out of these communications, though they can deactivate their account information. However, these communications are not promotional in nature.

Customer Service

We communicate with users on a regular basis to provide requested services and in regard to issues relating to their account we reply via email or phone in accordance with the users' wishes when a user submits their information through our Contact Us form.

Other Collection and Use of Information


Application and System Logs

Pearson automatically collects log data to help ensure the delivery, availability and security of this site. Log data may include technical information about how a user or visitor connected to this site, such as browser type, type of computer/device, operating system, internet service provider and IP address. We use this information for support purposes and to monitor the health of the site, identify problems, improve service, detect unauthorized access and fraudulent activity, prevent and respond to security incidents and appropriately scale computing resources.

Web Analytics

Pearson may use third party web trend analytical services, including Google Analytics, to collect visitor information, such as IP addresses, browser types, referring pages, pages visited and time spent on a particular site. While these analytical services collect and report information on an anonymous basis, they may use cookies to gather web trend information. The information gathered may enable Pearson (but not the third party web trend services) to link information with application and system log data. Pearson uses this information for system administration and to identify problems, improve service, detect unauthorized access and fraudulent activity, prevent and respond to security incidents, appropriately scale computing resources and otherwise support and deliver this site and its services.

Cookies and Related Technologies

This site uses cookies and similar technologies to personalize content, measure traffic patterns, control security, track use and access of information on this site, and provide interest-based messages and advertising. Users can manage and block the use of cookies through their browser. Disabling or blocking certain cookies may limit the functionality of this site.

Do Not Track

This site currently does not respond to Do Not Track signals.

Security


Pearson uses appropriate physical, administrative and technical security measures to protect personal information from unauthorized access, use and disclosure.

Children


This site is not directed to children under the age of 13.

Marketing


Pearson may send or direct marketing communications to users, provided that

  • Pearson will not use personal information collected or processed as a K-12 school service provider for the purpose of directed or targeted advertising.
  • Such marketing is consistent with applicable law and Pearson's legal obligations.
  • Pearson will not knowingly direct or send marketing communications to an individual who has expressed a preference not to receive marketing.
  • Where required by applicable law, express or implied consent to marketing exists and has not been withdrawn.

Pearson may provide personal information to a third party service provider on a restricted basis to provide marketing solely on behalf of Pearson or an affiliate or customer for whom Pearson is a service provider. Marketing preferences may be changed at any time.

Correcting/Updating Personal Information


If a user's personally identifiable information changes (such as your postal address or email address), we provide a way to correct or update that user's personal data provided to us. This can be done on the Account page. If a user no longer desires our service and desires to delete his or her account, please contact us at customer-service@informit.com and we will process the deletion of a user's account.

Choice/Opt-out


Users can always make an informed choice as to whether they should proceed with certain services offered by InformIT. If you choose to remove yourself from our mailing list(s) simply visit the following page and uncheck any communication you no longer want to receive: www.informit.com/u.aspx.

Sale of Personal Information


Pearson does not rent or sell personal information in exchange for any payment of money.

While Pearson does not sell personal information, as defined in Nevada law, Nevada residents may email a request for no sale of their personal information to NevadaDesignatedRequest@pearson.com.

Supplemental Privacy Statement for California Residents


California residents should read our Supplemental privacy statement for California residents in conjunction with this Privacy Notice. The Supplemental privacy statement for California residents explains Pearson's commitment to comply with California law and applies to personal information of California residents collected in connection with this site and the Services.

Sharing and Disclosure


Pearson may disclose personal information, as follows:

  • As required by law.
  • With the consent of the individual (or their parent, if the individual is a minor)
  • In response to a subpoena, court order or legal process, to the extent permitted or required by law
  • To protect the security and safety of individuals, data, assets and systems, consistent with applicable law
  • In connection the sale, joint venture or other transfer of some or all of its company or assets, subject to the provisions of this Privacy Notice
  • To investigate or address actual or suspected fraud or other illegal activities
  • To exercise its legal rights, including enforcement of the Terms of Use for this site or another contract
  • To affiliated Pearson companies and other companies and organizations who perform work for Pearson and are obligated to protect the privacy of personal information consistent with this Privacy Notice
  • To a school, organization, company or government agency, where Pearson collects or processes the personal information in a school setting or on behalf of such organization, company or government agency.

Links


This web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects Personal Information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this web site.

Requests and Contact


Please contact us about this Privacy Notice or if you have any requests or questions relating to the privacy of your personal information.

Changes to this Privacy Notice


We may revise this Privacy Notice through an updated posting. We will identify the effective date of the revision in the posting. Often, updates are made to provide greater clarity or to comply with changes in regulatory requirements. If the updates involve material changes to the collection, protection, use or disclosure of Personal Information, Pearson will provide notice of the change through a conspicuous notice on this site or other appropriate way. Continued use of the site after the effective date of a posted revision evidences acceptance. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns about the Privacy Notice or any objection to any revisions.

Last Update: November 17, 2020