Programming the Palm
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- Jun 19, 2000
In order to build a handheld computer-based interface to the base's flight
tracking software system, personnel at the Naval Air Station in North Island,
Calif., used a tool from Pendragon Software Corp. called Pendragon Forms.
"I could have made all the databases and conduits myself but it would
have been two or three times the work," said William Ragatz, an aviation
weapons systems operator who developed the application. "The Pendragon software
made it really easy, and what's also nice is that if you need some higher-level
coding or applications, the tool is very flexible and versatile."
Pendragon Forms Version 3.0 allows users and system integrators to quickly
create data-collection applications that run on handheld computers. "Even
end users can build applications with our software quite easily," said Ivan
Phillips, president of Libertyville, Ill.-based Pendragon Software.
After forms are created, administrators can use a centralized database
to control which forms are deployed and which users can access them. The
application also provides the bi-directional, data synchronization capability
being used by the Navy to share data between the Palm computers and the
Forms 3.0 can synchronize with databases supporting the open database
connectivity standard. The basic software license costs $149; a license
for each Palm device using the software costs an additional $45.