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Palm Programming: The Developer's Guide by Julie McKeehan, Neil Rhodes

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High-Level Forms Development

Palm devices are so numerous and applications so popular that there are even a couple of third-party development environments specifically for creating specialized forms-based Palm applications.

Pendragon Forms

This Windows application provides a very easy way to create simple multipage forms that contain text fields, checkboxes, radio buttons, etc.

Pendragon Forms also provides a conduit that automatically uploads information into comma-separated values (CSV) files. These files can then be easily imported into spreadsheet or database programs. Looking at Figure 2.8, you can see how simple it is to make the form being displayed on the Palm device in Figure 2.9.

Developing a form using Pendragon Forms

Figure 2-8. Developing a form using Pendragon Forms

Running an application created with Pendragon Forms

Figure 2-9. Running an application created with Pendragon Forms

Pendragon Forms is $50, and, nicely enough, there is no runtime fee necessary for deploying forms. See http://www.pendragon-software.com for further details.

Satellite Forms

Satellite Forms, by Puma Technology, is an environment for creating very sophisticated Palm OS applications. In Satellite Forms, your application consists of a number of database tables and forms. Each form is tied to a specific table and can display elements of that table. Figure 2.10 shows an example table in Satellite ...

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