Chapter 2. Technical Overview and Development Environments

This chapter deals with the what and how of the Palm OS and its features. First, we describe what you’re programming for—the relevant aspects of the Palm OS. Then we show you how to do it—the available development environments. By the time we are through, you should have a good idea of the range of applications you can create for the Palm OS, the coding requirements, and which development environment you want to use.

Let’s start with a piece of good news—there is a development environment for programmers of all types. Whether you are a C++ master or a Visual Basic newcomer, the popularity of the Palm platform means there is an environment for you to use.

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