PalmSource Developer Seminar Preview

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In previous years, PalmSource held a single worldwide conference, aptly named PalmSource, for Palm OS developers. This year it is taking a different approach, holding a series of regional seminars in the U.S., Europe and Asia. While some of the content of these seminars will likely be the same, there will also be localized information.

The first seminar will be held in San Mateo, CA from May 6-7. This will be the only U.S. event this year, making it a “must attend” event for U.S. developers.

What’s attracted the most attention for this seminar has been the promise that PalmSource will offer developers a look at the forthcoming Palm OS 6. However, that appears to be only a small part of the semiinar. The primary focus will be on developing better applications for current handhelds and Palm OS 5.

What’s New?

An event like this wouldn’t be complete without some new product announcements and it looks like this one won’t disappoint. In tune with the focus on making better applications, Larry Berkin, who is in charge of the seminar, hinted that there would be some new developer tools to make this easier but declined to give any specifics. Even more interesting, he revealed that a new Palm OS licensee would be announced “in a new market category.” Again, no specifics were given.

Naturally, there will be numerous third-party applications announced too.

What’s in it for Developers?

PalmSource developers will be on-hand to give attendees an inside look at the operating system. Of course, the current licensees will also be there and will be sharing in-depth information about their products. There will also be a lab where developers can test their applications on the latest handhelds.

But building a good app is only half the battle. There will also be sessions on marketing and distributing software.

PalmSource is still taking registrations for this two-day seminar. The cost is $350. Two more developer seminars, one in Munich in late Septemberand another in Beijing in the fall, are also planned. The Beijing event was originally planned for June but has recently been moved to sometime in early fall due to fears related to the SARS virus.

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