By almost anybody’s standard of measure, the PalmPilot and other Palm devices 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 can fit in your shirt pocket. Combine that with loyal users and one of the most ardent developer followings seen since the glory days of the Mac, 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.