By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2001-10-08 Print this article Print


AppForge extends visual basic 6.0 with a new AppForge project type and with Palm OS and Pocket PC target platforms. In place of the standard Visual Basic controls, AppForge offers 25 handheld-optimized controls, called ingots.

We could create, compile and deploy applications for either Palm or Pocket PC and, via a menu bar control, recompile and deploy our applications to the opposite platform.

For Pocket PC, AppForge does not support the ODBC database synchronization or wireless Internet features that it does for Palm. AppForge developers can carry out TCP/IP connections with either platform using AppForges socket control, however.

Also missing from AppForges Pocket PC feature set is an analog to its Palm Extended Functions Library or Extensibility features, which give developers access to Palm OS for greater integration of AppForge programs with the operating system.

As Editor in Chief of eWEEK Labs, Jason Brooks manages the Labs team and is responsible for eWEEK's print edition. Brooks joined eWEEK in 1999, and has covered wireless networking, office productivity suites, mobile devices, Windows, virtualization, and desktops and notebooks. JasonÔÇÖs coverage is currently focused on Linux and Unix operating systems, open-source software and licensing, cloud computing and Software as a Service. Follow Jason on Twitter at jasonbrooks, or reach him by email at

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