Going Native for PDA Apps

 
 
By Timothy Dyck  |  Posted 2001-07-16 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Most corporate handheld applications run on the server, using a design in which server-side code generates client-side interfaces using HTML or Wireless Markup Language.

Most corporate handheld applications run on the server, using a design in which server-side code generates client-side interfaces using HTML or Wireless Markup Language.

ThinAirApps Identicon DB wireless development software, which began shipping for Palm devices this month, flips that architecture around by making it easier for developers to write native PDA applications that take full advantage of the client operating system.

Identicon DB combines database access libraries for handheld computers with an enterprise server that passes client requests to a wired network. The client libraries hide the complexity of programming for PDA-specific network APIs and compensate for the lack of database vendor-supplied clients on PDA platforms.

On Palm systems, Identicon DB provides a Visual Basic and C interface, and on Java devices, it will provide a Java Database Connectivity interface.

Versions of Identicon DB for Suns Java2 Mobile Edition- and Windows CE-based systems and Research In Motions BlackBerry computers are promised for later this summer. For more information, ThinAirApps can be reached at www.thinairapps.com.

 
 
 
 
Timothy Dyck is a Senior Analyst with eWEEK Labs. He has been testing and reviewing application server, database and middleware products and technologies for eWEEK since 1996. Prior to joining eWEEK, he worked at the LAN and WAN network operations center for a large telecommunications firm, in operating systems and development tools technical marketing for a large software company and in the IT department at a government agency. He has an honors bachelors degree of mathematics in computer science from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and a masters of arts degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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