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CONTEST: start a port, win a Palm Tungsten T5

Posted: Wed Sep 29, 2004 8:36 am
by Julian
Hi,

To try to kickstart a wxPalmOS port, we're offering a T5 to the first person to demonstrate the wxWidgets minimal sample running on Palm OS 6, either on the simulator, or on real hardware. Please see http://www.wxwidgets.org/palmos.htm for further details.

You can download the development kit and simulator for Palm OS 6 (Cobalt) for free. As you can see, PalmOS has come a long way.

Good luck with the contest!

Julian

Posted: Wed Sep 29, 2004 10:21 am
by Jorg
Hi Julian, great that you also announced it here. :-) It's too bad I don't have the time for it, but I am very excited about a new port, since I know someone who owns such a Palm I would love to see some of my work ported to the Palm just for the kick ;-)

Regards,
- Jorgen

Posted: Wed Sep 29, 2004 9:25 pm
by Julian
Hi Jorg,

Yes, then when someone asks you what you do, you can pull it out of your pocket and point to it :-)

I'm going to try to port some of my apps to PocketPC, but of course being able to cover Palms too would be excellent. The Symbian GUIs seem a bit fragmented to easily do a single wxSymbian port, but maybe there will be some convergence in the future (or maybe not, if standardisation doesn't suit the phone manufacturers).

Regards,

Julian
Jorg wrote:Hi Julian, great that you also announced it here. :-) It's too bad I don't have the time for it, but I am very excited about a new port, since I know someone who owns such a Palm I would love to see some of my work ported to the Palm just for the kick ;-)

Regards,
- Jorgen

Posted: Thu Sep 30, 2004 8:28 am
by geon
(ot)

Just out of curiosity, what do I need to consider if I want my wx app (wich works fine under win2k) to run on a Palm or a winCE machine?

(Besided performance or endian.)

Posted: Thu Sep 30, 2004 9:56 am
by ABX
geon wrote:Just out of curiosity, what do I need to consider if I want my wx app (wich works fine under win2k) to run on a Palm or a winCE machine?
You have to consider
1) if wx port exists (for Palm there is none, for winCE there is one in wxW)
2) you have to select which of the winCE variants do you targets (PocketPC, SmartPhone, Handheld)

Further depending on choice in 2) you have to consider:
3) minimized menu structure
4) limited screen area in control design
5) lack of touch screen sometimes and non other pointing device
and probably some others
geon wrote:(Besided performance or endian.)
As for performance, handhelds, pdas, smartphones are every year better. I know that my last office computer had worse performance than those I saw in specifications of some mobile devices.

As for endian, as long as you use wxWidgets API, there should be no influence to your application.

ABX

Posted: Fri Oct 15, 2004 11:31 pm
by Jorg
I am posting this for Julian, it seems we have a winner in the Palm OS contest! So who knows in a little while we can expect to port our apps to Palm OS as well ;-)
I'm very pleased to say that William Osborne has won our
Palm OS 6 porting challenge. In under two weeks, he has
created the basis for a wxPalmOS port and has demonstrated
the minimal sample running on the Palm OS 6 simulator.

For more details and screenshots, please see:

http://www.wxwidgets.org/palmos.htm

William's code will be integrated into CVS in the next
week or so, and then any interested contributors are invited
to help fill in the details required to compile further
samples. All the tools are freely downloadable so this is
a sport requiring very little investment :-)

Congratulations and many thanks to William for making
the first wxWidgets contest a success! Thanks also to
the others who took part.

Julian