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NS Basic/Palm
Sunday September 24, 2000 - 2:25 PM EST - By Scott Hanselman

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:

  • Easy to use, standard and structured BASIC
  • Over a dozen screen objects
  • Create buttons, fields, popups and more
  • Serial Communications
  • Math and trigonometric function support
  • Produces standard Palm apps
  • Royalty-free Runtime
  • Built in database support
  • Test on the Palm OS Emulator
  • Sample code
  • 150 page Handbook
  • Available for $99.95 USD directly from NS BASIC Corporation's website or by calling 1-888-NSBASIC.
There are a number of Pilot development environments available, including Java, CASL (Compact Application Solution Language), and the GCC “C” programming environment.  NS Basic, however, includes the simplicity of the BASIC programming language, and a visual development environment.

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Product Details
Name: NS Basic/Palm
Company: NS Basic Corp.

Price: $99.95

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