PalmSource Debuts Palm OS Cobalt Simulator, Developer Tools

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PalmSource has posted on its web site for developers a preliminary version of the tools needed to create applications for the next version of the Palm OS. It has also posted a Palm OS Cobalt simulator.

The new development suite is designed to ease development for ARM-native applications on Palm OS Cobalt and beyond, as well as the current 68K releases of the operating system.

It includes an open-source Integrated Development Environment (IDE) based on Eclipse, which was originally developed by IBM. Eclipse currently has several hundred plug-ins available that support C, C++, Java, COBOL, and other major programming languages.

What PalmSource has released so far is only a version 0.1.1 of the Palm OS Developer Suite. Developers can download it from the PalmSource web site.

Palm OS Cobalt Simulator

The Palm OS Cobalt Simulator is not a hardware emulator for any particular device, but rather a generic form of the operating system running on top of a Device Abstraction Layer (DAL).

It has been created to allow developers to do some preliminary testing of their applications, as part of getting ready for the first Cobalt devices.

The Palm OS Cobalt Simulator can be found on PalmSource’s developer web site.

Both of these downloads are available only to registered developers, not the general public.

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