IBM today announced that its development tool for embedded systems -- VisualAge(r) Micro Edition v 1.1 -- now includes additional tools and components needed to develop applications that rely on the Palm operating system (Palm OS(r)) platform.
The VisualAge Micro Edition Personal Package is available at no additional charge and includes a runtime license for unlimited use on IBM Workpad(r) and Palm III, V and VII handheld devices.
An embedded system is a small computer platform that is designed to be part of larger products such as automobiles, smart phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and home appliances. Embedded systems also allow products to connect via the Internet to larger systems, becoming part of a broader computing solution.
The package includes IBM's latest integrated development environment for creating and debugging embedded Java applications on Palm handheld devices. In addition, the VisualAge Micro Edition class libraries have been extended and the J9 Virtual Machine has been released to support Palm handhelds.
"The Palm OS platform is the bedrock upon which applications are built for a wide range of mobile and connected e-business solutions," said Gabriel Acosta-Lopez, senior director of alliance and partner services, Palm, Inc. "We're pleased that IBM is bringing their Java technology to Palm OS software-based handhelds."
Advanced features of the integrated development environment include the ability to build and test applications with a single button press. A program editor provides a consistent and powerful window into source development through features such as direct code assist. Also, applications can be debugged locally on the developer workstation using emulation software available from Palm Computing.
"Adding Palm OS platform support to VisualAge Micro Edition is part of our continued support of open standards to help enrich mobile computing solutions," said Skip McGaughey, director of marketing for embedded technology, IBM. "We're looking forward to working with Palm to meet the needs of the Palm development community with new tools and components."
VisualAge Micro Edition Personal Package can be downloaded at: http://www.ibm.com/software/ad/embedded. The software includes integrated development tools, the J9 Virtual Machine and a runtime environment for Palm OS-based Java applications. It is licensed for free deployment on IBM WorkPad and Palm III, V and VII devices.