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From the reviews:
"‘Palm Programming in Basic’ does a respectable job of introducing a niche topic for Visual Basic programmers making the transition from desktop to Palm programming. Beginning with a well-considered treatment of the differences between programming for desktop versus handheld … Kilburn next explains POSE, the Palm emulator used to test and debug applications on the desktop. … The comparative tutorials are a valuable and unique approach for those deciding which … is the best development platform to use … ." (Metropolis, May, 2002)
About the Author
Jon Kilburn graduated from Pennsylvania State University and has been actively involved in the programming community since 1988. He has written articles and taught seminars all over the world and is editor of Pinnacle's PDA Developer newsletter. Jon is president of Vivid Software, a Texas-based consulting firm that specializes in creating Internet solutions that use Visual Basic and SQL Server.
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For experienced programmers wanting to develop software for the Palm OS platform, this book will help them decide which tool is best suited for their needs. For the beginning programmer or hobbyist, Kilburn kept the code examples simple and easy to follow. My employees that read this book gave it a thumbs up. I would recommend this book to anyone that is getting started in programming for the Palm OS platform.
Regardless which of the three development languages you are using , you'll find yourself reaching time and again for this handy reference guide. You'll more than get your money's worth from this book.
As for covering all the material, none of the NS Basic books out there cover everything in the detail one might hope. That said, "Palm Programming in Basic" by Jon Kilburn and "NS Basic Programming for Palm OS" by Michael J. Verive are by far the two most comprehensive titles for NS Basic programming and, combined, cover all the features in quite a bit of detail. Both have a different style of writing and presenting the information (as well as different examples of code and coding methods) so if you have difficulty grasping one of the authors, jumping to the other will usually provide that breakthrough you're looking for.
The other two references I use the most are the "Palm OS Programming Bible, Second Edition" by Lonnon R. Foster and the NS Basic user group. The Palm Bible covers a lot but is non-NS Basic specific and the user group has hundreds of example projects with descriptions that you can use to jump start your projects.
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