is a free collection of tools that allows you to create C/C++ Palm OS
applications on Unix and Windows.
Since Mac OS X has a Unix-based core, these tools can be recompiled from
source to work as Mac OS X native applications.
This site is not entirely dedicated to expose PRC-Tools related topics
(for that purpose, please visit the main PRC-Tools
The aim of this website can rather be shortened by the following sentence:
In fact you'll learn, reading the three pages on this site, how to build
a simple Palm OS application that writes "Mac and Palm rock!"
on the screen using PRC-Tools under Mac OS X. (Sorry but the ordinary
"Hello" applications are BORING...heh..heh)
This website is NOT a Palm OS developer's guide that will teach you C/C++
language for Palm applications, but it shows you the simplest way to set
up the necessary tools that allow you to start developing Palm applications
on Mac OS X with free professional software (PRC-Tools).
If you are already developing Palm OS
applications on the Macintosh, you're probably using Metrowerks
since that is (was) the only development environment for Palm OS available
to Mac users so far. Although CodeWarrior for Palm OS is a great professional
product, if we compare it to PRC-Tools, it has two major inconveniences:
its cost (approximately $500) and the fact that, starting from January
2003, Metrowerks has
definitely stopped the development of CodeWarrior for Palm OS for
Macintosh operating systems. That means CodeWarrior for Palm OS verision8
be the LAST release for the entire Macintosh platform and version9
will NEVER come to light on Mac OS (neither for OS9 nor for OSX).
It could also be that you are a "PowerUser" and you've already
downloaded the source code from the official PRC-Tools website, compiled
and patched it to work on Mac OS X. If you are one of those PowerUser,
then this site is not useful for you; on the contrary, your help could
be useful to this site :-)
In the next "install" section you'll be guided through a
simple installation process that will set up for you the complete PRC-Tools
(PilRC included). The binaries have been compiled by Greg
PalmSource, who I would like to thank for the great collaboration; I
then packaged all the files into a Mac OS X standard .pkg package to
get an easy to set up double clickable installer.
now you're ready to
go to the "install" section...