PalmSource Developer Day Announced

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Although it won’t hold a full developer’s conference this year, PalmSource is planning to have a mini-conference for developers next month.

The PalmSource Developer Day will be part of the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo. It will be targeted towards Linux developers who are interested in making mobile versions of their applications.

Attendees will get an overview of the components of the successor to the Palm OS, currently being called the ACCESS Linux Platform (ALP). They will also receive early access and hands-on experience building applications for this upcoming platform.

What’s Being Offered at the Developer Day

The PalmSource Developer Day will offer three training sessions for attendees:

Introduction to ACCESS Linux Platform (ALP) — This is a hands-on session that will describe this upcoming platform and detail its open source architecture. PalmSource will also demonstrate ALP and convert a typical Hello World application into an ALP application ready for mobile device deployment. Attendees will run sample applications as well as have the opportunity to build one together as a group.

Deep Dive into ACCESS Linux Platform — In this session, PalmSource and attendees will take the ALP application from the Hands-On intro and add GUI controls with Glade, introduce special mobile device event handlers, and show debugging an ALP application via Eclipse on the Simulator.

Extending an ALP Application — In this final session, PalmSource will add more features to the application from the Deep Dive Session, including accessing a SQLite database for information storage and retrieval. PalmSource will provide go-forward advice and guidance to help you plan and prepare your projects to support ALP.

In addition to the training sessions there will be a Compatibility Station where Palm OS developers can try their existing applications on ALP and discuss compatibility strategies with on-site PalmSource engineers.

When, Where, and How Much

The PalmSource Developer Day will be Wednesday, August 16. As mentioned earlier, it will be part of the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, which runs from August 14 – 17, and is being held at the Moscone Center in San Fransisco.

The one-day PalmSource conference is free to attendees who purchase a conference package, or single day tickets can be purchased for $95.

More information on this conference is available on from web site.

More About ALP

In order to keep it competitive, PalmSource is making some very significant changes to its operating system for handhelds and smartphones.

The most obvious of these is the name. Last year, PalmSource sold all rights to the brand name “Palm” to Palm, Inc. so the next version of its operating system won’t use that word. Currently, it is code-named ALP (ACCESS Linux Platform).

Other changes are less obvious but just as important. As it’s name suggests, this will be the first Linux-based version of this operating system.

In addition, PalmSource has said that the user interface on ALP will be redesigned to to make it easier to use on smartphones.

Another significant change will be support for concurrent multitasking. PalmSource is also promising easy access to background tasks.

Still, not everything is changing. ALP will still include the familiar Palm OS applications: PIMs, multimedia, messaging, HotSync, and the Palm Desktop. Even more significantly, PalmSource has stated that properly written Palm OS 68K applications will run unchanged.

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