Palm: An SDK in search of a decent IDE

From what I can discern Palms woes are probably mostly down to the quality of their handset(s) that they produced.

It certainly wasn’t down to their OS (webos) which is great. Having very little applications for people to download on their app store couldn’t have helped and may have saved them if their was enough types of applications that people wanted.

I said before that  I had no views on Ares, the online development tool that Palm have released, but that might not strictly be true. My attempt to get my debugger going led me to contact people involved with third party Palm development tools and from what I was told the person in charge “hated” Eclipse and didn’t want to pursue using it as an IDE for development. Fair enough except that they would have caught the attention of Android developers and Java developers (even though the platform doesn’t use Java) just by using this.

There are a ton of developers who know Eclipse and are comfortable using it. Giving them the means to start development with a decent debugger would have kick started their app store in the same way the Android app store has got going namely- start off with rubbish apps and gradually they get better. Instead we have just about the most esoteric development tool in Ares that has ever been seen. Way to go Palm.

Whoever is in charge of this stuff needs to backtrack big-style and focus on getting their SDK working with the most used development IDE on the planet regardless of their views. I am sure in hindsight we will see that – but will Palm.

Blog: Look and Feel

Uh, like the new theme? I not sure about it myself but I it does seem better in some aspect than the old ‘noob’ default theme. If anyone discovers their RSS feed from this site it broken can you tell me.

Expect this to change again.

I took a look at MoveableType and after quite a bit of stress managed to get it installed. It’s got it’s advantages. The ability to publish multiple blogs and manage them all from the same administration gui is pretty handy. The downside it that it’s quite a ways more complicated to use. I am also getting a stupid error message about not finding the ‘mt-static’ directory when I know that this is working okay. I am using mt4 which seems to have a few issues judging by the posts on the help forum. Anyway, back to the programming…