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Programming for the Pilot isn't the easiest thing to do. In this new world of RAD (Rapid Application Development), Visual Basic, Java, and quick prototypes, programming in C on a device with just a few MBs of memory can prove challenging. When I wrote GlucoPilot, my Palm Diabetes Manager, I was surprised at the cramped feeling I had while programming for the Palm OS in C. I had just 11K of heap at the time and 2K stack. For the non-technical, that's not a lot. It was like programming in DOS again or on a Mac in 1984. But that’s life on a tiny PDA, right? Wrong!
The NS BASIC Corporation first came out with a basic development environment for the Apple Newton in 1994, and they've since released NSBasic/CE and now NSBasic/Palm. “Nice and Smart” Basic/Palm is sure to establish a strong presence as a powerful “alternative” development environment.
NS Basic/Palm is a complete BASIC development environment for Palm OS devices. NS Basic/Palm provides a full, modern implementation of BASIC, with proper subroutines, user defined data types and no line numbers. The development environment runs on a Windows desktop. Programs can be tested using the POSE emulator, which runs on Windows, or on the device itself. NS Basic/Palm produces standard Palm .prc files as executables. Here are its features:
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