If you are creating a conduit for your Palm application, you need to do so on Macintosh or Windows using Palm’s Conduit SDK. The Conduit SDK comes with:
Debug and nondebug libraries
Source code for sample conduits
Under Windows, a conduit is a Dynamic Link Library (DLL) that is called as HotSync occurs. An install DLL is provided with which you register your conduit with HotSync. On Mac OS, a conduit is a shared library.
Conduits have access to databases on the Palm OS. The Conduit Manager handles the complexities of communication; it is not your concern. You simply call routines to read and write records in the database. The Conduit Manager handles the communication protocol.
In order to develop conduits for Windows, you must use Visual C++ 5.0 (or later). For Mac OS, you can use any development environment that has the ability to create shared libraries (CodeWarrior for Mac OS is a likely candidate).
C++ classes that simplify creating a synchronization conduit are provided by Palm (frequently referred to by the names basemon and basetbl ). These C++ classes are the basis of the conduits for the built-in applications. If your application’s synchronization needs are similar to those of the built-in applications, then these C++ classes work well. As your application’s sync needs differ, the C++ classes become less useful, and you might wish to consider reverting to the underlying C/C++ Conduit Manager API to make things ...