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  • Powerbasic For Palm Pilot

    Hello
    i wanted to know since powerbasic is offering BASIC compilers in almost every OS ( soon on linux.....i think then why not doing a small compiler for the Palm Pilot OS , because i think if Powerbasic will do a compiler for the Palm it will be very popular since lots of people who is new to programming and discover the palm as a computer and want to do programs for it will prefer powerbasic compiler over C compiler such as Metrowerks or GNU.
    so why not trying?

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    Thanks From advance
    Goldberg.

  • #2
    PowerBASIC for the Palm Pilot is a possibility. Probably moreso than for Windows CE since the Palm Pilot outsells Windows CE machines almost three to one.

    However, only Windows, DOS and Linux are in our current plans at the moment.

    --Dave


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    • #3
      I just wondered.
      Does anyone know of any compilers for any handhelds where you
      can program in any form of BASIC but which will produce a native
      compiled runnable executeable which is not dependent on any
      external runtime or dll ?

      The free devkits from M$ offer VB for Windows CE but it relies on
      a runtime, only the Visual C++ compiler creates true .exe files
      for windows CE and also the devkit is huge.

      I wish PB would do some but I appreciate the massive amount of work
      which might divert them from whatever they're working on at the moment.

      IanMc



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      • #4
        I have been researching this, the following is from research, not
        personal experience.

        NS-Basic provides an option to use a run-time, or have the run-time
        elements incorporated in the object, but NS-Basic produces p-code, not
        native code. NS-Basic is available as cross-compilers for Palm, Windows CE,
        and Newton. I don't believe the three platforms provide a high degree of
        compatibility (you can't write one source, and compile it for all three).

        AppForge provides an ActiveX tool which you run from VB6. They also
        provide a cross-compiler for both the Palm and the Pocket PC (which I
        guess is different from Windows CE. They only provide limitied support
        at this time). I think they claim their sources to be more cross-platform
        capable, but the PocketPC license is much more expensive than the Palm.

        Each of them provide a download demo. I have been experimenting with
        the NS-Basic demo (I don't use VB6 and can't take advantage of their demo).
        The learning curve doesn't seem too difficult, but it is different, and
        I haven't found a site with the wealth of help and information that we get
        right here at PB

        I hope that helps.



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        • #5
          Yes,

          I´ve found at www.sharp.de or .com... a SDK basic form Sharp.

          You can run the programs under the sharp organizer ZQ 700/750.

          I've ordered one but it is not yet arrived.

          Regards

          Matthias Kuhn


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          • #6
            If there was a PB for PalmOS, I'd drop NS Basic in a red second.


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            • #7
              Goldberg, please update your BBS profile with your correct email address (the reply notifications are bouncing).

              Thanks!


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              • #8
                Matthias you wrote:

                >Yes,
                >I´ve found at www.sharp.de or .com... a SDK basic form Sharp.

                Where's the connection here to the palmpilot?



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                • #9
                  Hi Ian,

                  sorry, but You´ve asked for:

                  -Does anyone know of any compilers for any handhelds where you
                  can program in any form of BASIC but which will produce a native
                  compiled runnable executeable which is not dependent on any
                  external runtime or dll ?

                  I thought my answere was right there.

                  Regards

                  Matthias Kuhn

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                  • #10
                    Since Palm recently announced that they will be moving the Palm OS
                    over to run on top of Linux, maybe PB for the Palm isn't that far
                    off?

                    I've looked in vain for a simple language, scripted or otherwise,
                    that provides a decent set of math functions and runs well on the
                    Palm. I don't want fancy GUI tools or compilation to executables,
                    just a clean language for writing lots of little engineering
                    programs. PB would do nicely.

                    While we're mentioning Linux, I ran across this article today:
                    http://theatre.sasktelwebsite.net/articles/

                    --that describes exactly how to set up and run PB for DOS on a
                    Fedora Linux box. The author has used PB to develop a multi-
                    user database app that supports up to five accounts via X
                    terminals, all supported by PB running under DOSEMU!

                    <STS>

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