Palm Programming for the Absolute Beginner w/CD

Author: Andrew Harris, Andy Harris
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ISBN: 0761535241
Publisher: Premier Press (01 August, 2002)
Edition: Paperback
Sales Rank: 41,949
Average Customer Rating: 3.71 out of 5

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Rating: 4 out of 5
An Excellent Start
I liked this book because it gave me an invaluable knowledge base to start programming in for my Palm. It neatly covers most of what I need from palm programming without getting bogged down in complicated programming concepts such as object-oriented programming and interaction with the Palm OS. However, I hope Andy Harris has written books on those as well, because thanks to this one, I'm ready to go there too. I do wish the book had more information on how to represent my applications in the application window. I also would like to have the POSE software the book says is on the CD. The index and table of contents promise both, yet the book/CD combo provides neither.


Rating: 4 out of 5
A great way to get productive with PocketC
I had never done any C programming before buying this book. I had done some basic in high school and arexx after but had never progressed beyond hello world in C. Granted PocketC is not "real" C, but when I comes to getting an idea from your head to your palm it fits the bill almost perfectly. You are introduced to all the basics of working with pocketC in this book. Unfortunately it does not really cover the PDE version. If you read all the documentation that comes with the program and the parts of PToolBoxLib that you will need though, the total becomes more than a sum of its parts. In less than a month I had the basic understanding of how to go from an idea to a working project and would not have made it without this book. If you couple it with a standard text on C you will be able to work through most of your problems. It is to be noted though, that pocketC apps are kind of slow. But I think the upside more than offsets the downside.


Rating: 5 out of 5
Great Book for Any New Palm Programmer
I bought this book somewhat recently, and I must say that it's quite a good book. Whether you are a seasoned programmer that is new to Palm programming, or a completely new programmer that has never programmed before, you will find this book is worth its value. It describes the basics to the newcomer in programming (Which is what seasoned programmers may want to skim over), and then hops over to more advanced topics such as how to use a graphics library (PToolboxLib) to create graphics and games on your Palm.

The fact that it uses PocketC and PocketC Desktop Edition (PDE) does *not* mean it is a marketing tool...... This is true because:
1). PocketC is indeed one the few great programming tools out there.
2). The author himself is not going to create a programming tool like PocketC, so he had to find it necessary to use what is already out there.
3). You are not forced to use PocketC. In fact, the book already comes with a 30 day trial of it, so you can try it before you buy it if you so desire. This allows you to program all the samples in the book, and then buy PocketC if you want, or buy a different tool.

Enough about the marketing bit. The book alone is enough to get you well into Palm programming, and I found it such a great book that I may very well want to spend even more money on this hobby of mine.

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