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OrbWorks Community Forum • View topic - How to use PocketC?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2001 3:37 am
by ariel_au
I wanted to develop a Road Map program for PalmOS.

my problem is, how to use PocketC?
Which freeware to download?

PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2001 9:34 am
by degv
You can get Pocket C as a free download from loads of places (try palmgear.com) but only for a trial time. You'll then have to register / pay. It's a bargain reslly!

PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2001 12:25 pm
by ariel_au
There are 3 PocketC products for PalmOS;
1. PocketC Desktop Edition v1.6
2. PocketC 4.1.0
3. PocketC Runtime 4.1.0

If I am right, the desktop edition allows user to develop applications on the PC and then HotSync into the Palm and run in the Palm.

The PocketC 4.1.0 only allows user to develop applications inside the Palm device, then compile and run the application in the Palm.

My question is, are both products equally compatible for developing applications?

Are there any differences in both products for developing applications?

Can I run the PocketC and my applications developed by PocketC in the Emulator instead on the Palm device?

PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2001 3:27 pm
by wolfgang
The device edition and the desktop edition are absolutely compatible what regards the built-in functions. But the desktop compiler has some advantages - it can handle files longer than 4 KB (the Palm memo limit), you have a keyboard to type, it can create standalone applications (when you use the device compiler, you have to run your programs from within PocketC.

On the other hand, it's easier to make small changes (during debug for example) on the device itself instead of having to recompile and re-hotsync every time. And coding while on a plane or waiting at the doctor can be fun, too.

I'd suggest you get both (device and desktop version), so you'll have the best of both worlds (I did the same).

Finally, yes, you can run the compiled programs on the desktop Palm emulator.

Wolfgang

PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2001 11:51 pm
by ariel_au
So if i were to create a road map program, is PocketC a best option?

The desktop edition or the device edition suits the road map development?

PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2001 3:25 pm
by wolfgang
As said, there is no difference in what programs you can create between both versions - they are absolutely the same language. But for any larger project (like yours) I would go with the desktop version - it's easier to edit large files on the PC and to type them on a keyboard instead of the stylus.

As far as capabilities go, PocketC in combination with the free PToolbox should be up to the task for your project. And the learning curve is much easier with PocketC than it is with Codewarrior.

Wolfgang

PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2001 1:09 pm
by Corzar
If you wanted to write it on the handheld, get the freeware CryptoPad so you don't have to worry about the 4k limit and can password protect your source.

Bye!
Xavier