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Palm Development with MobileVB

Now, in version 3.5, MobileVB is a well thought-out add-in for VB6 that alleviates the drawn-out development process and makes Palm OS programming a viable option for even novice VB programmers.


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eveloping applications for the Palm OS may seem like a daunting task to a VB developer. The traditional Palm SDK requires at least moderate knowledge of the C programming language and has a substantial learning curve. Further complicating the situation are the memory management requirements of the Palm OS and its specific API references. Now, in version 3.5, MobileVB is a well thought-out add-in for VB6 that alleviates the drawn-out development process and makes Palm OS programming a viable option for even novice VB programmers. Enhancing development effectiveness, MobileVB allows VB programmers to take advantage of existing skills without the need to learn a new programming language or another IDE. MobileVB requires Visual Basic 6.0 with Service Pack 5 or higher. There is a free trial version of MobileVB at the AppForge Web site, www.appforge.com. You can download the free trial to follow along with this article, and because the installation process is painless, I'll skip over these minor steps and focus on how MobileVB is used within the Visual Basic IDE.

Getting Started with MobileVB
Developing a Palm OS project in MobileVB is straightforward, although if you have developed in VB before, you will find a few items that are slightly out of the ordinary. For starters, the manner in which you start VB is important. Rather than using your existing desktop icons or Start Menu shortcut, MobileVB installs its own icons. You will find these on your desktop after installation, and in the Start Menu located in the AppForge MobileVB folder. When you start MobileVB using one of its icons, you are given options for creating several types of applications. This option window can be seen in Figure 1. Along with the Palm OS, MobileVB provides templates for the Pocket PC, Symbian P800, and the Nokia Communicator. I'm interested in the Palm OS for this tutorial, but the basic concepts are the same for all of the devices.



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