By almost anybody’s standard of measure, the Palm OS and Palm handhelds are wildly successful. Everybody loves them: users buy them faster than any other handheld, product reviewers give them awards, and programmers, once they find the platform, never want to leave.
How do we account for this phenomenon? What makes the Palm handheld such a great device? Simple. It’s really fast, it’s cheap, it does almost anything you ask it to, and it fits in your shirt pocket. Combine all that with the loyalty of its users and one of the most ardent developer followings seen since the glory days of the Macintosh, and you have all the elements of a whirlwind success. If you are a programmer, the question you should really be asking yourself right now is, “What do I need to know to join in the fun?” To find out, keep reading.