Palm’s Free Pre IDE

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The Palm Pre may have been overshadowed by Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android OS, but Palm has developed some interesting projects during the past year. The Pre and Pixi both use webOS which allows developers to create applications using standard HTML5, CSS and JavaScript. Palm has also released their Mojo SDK which is available for free on Windows, Linux and Mac OS. The SDK includes a VirtualBox-based Palm emulator and Eclipse plugins for rapid development. However, perhaps one of the most interesting projects is Ares — a full online integrated development environment that features:
  • a drag-and-drop interface builder
  • a code editor (which I suspect is Mozilla’s Bespin or very similar)
  • a visual debugger and log viewer, and
  • source control integration.
The IDE works in Firefox, Chrome or Safari. My first impressions? It’s stunning. Even if you have no intention of writing webOS applications, I’d recommend you try Ares. You’ll need to sign up for a developer account at https://developer.palm.com/ then log in to Ares. Palm AresClick for larger view…
I’ve had my doubts about cloud-based development, but Ares demonstrates the possibilities. You’ll still require the VirtualBox emulator or a Palm Pre to run and test your webOS application, but the rest of the system looks and feels like a solid IDE. It’s attractive, fast, portable, usable and a lightweight alternative to Eclipse. Palm have gone to great lengths to attract developers to the Pre and webOS. Tools such as Ares will certainly help their cause. Apple — I hope you’re taking note! Links: Have you tried Ares? Would it tempt you to attempt webOS development? Is it a viable alternative to desktop IDEs?

Frequently Asked Questions about Palm Pre Ares Online IDE

What is Palm Pre Ares Online IDE and how does it work?

Palm Pre Ares Online IDE is a web-based integrated development environment (IDE) that allows developers to create applications for the Palm Pre platform. It provides a drag-and-drop interface for designing application interfaces, along with a code editor for writing and editing JavaScript, HTML, and CSS code. The IDE also includes a simulator for testing applications before deploying them to a device.

How can I install Palm Pre Ares Online IDE?

As Palm Pre Ares Online IDE is a web-based platform, there’s no need for installation. You can access it directly from your web browser. However, you may need to sign up for an account to use the IDE.

How does Palm Pre Ares Online IDE compare to other IDEs?

Palm Pre Ares Online IDE is specifically designed for developing applications for the Palm Pre platform. It provides a simple, intuitive interface for designing applications, and includes a code editor and simulator for testing applications. While other IDEs may offer more advanced features, Palm Pre Ares Online IDE is a good choice for developers who are new to the Palm Pre platform or prefer a web-based IDE.

Can I use Palm Pre Ares Online IDE to develop applications for other platforms?

Palm Pre Ares Online IDE is specifically designed for the Palm Pre platform. While you can write and edit JavaScript, HTML, and CSS code in the IDE, it may not be suitable for developing applications for other platforms.

What are the system requirements for using Palm Pre Ares Online IDE?

As a web-based IDE, Palm Pre Ares Online IDE can be used on any system with a modern web browser. However, for the best performance, it’s recommended to use a system with a fast internet connection and a modern processor.

How can I test my applications in Palm Pre Ares Online IDE?

Palm Pre Ares Online IDE includes a simulator for testing applications. You can run your application in the simulator to see how it will look and behave on a Palm Pre device.

Can I collaborate with other developers in Palm Pre Ares Online IDE?

Currently, Palm Pre Ares Online IDE does not support collaboration features. However, you can share your code with other developers by exporting it as a project file.

How can I deploy my applications to a Palm Pre device?

After testing your application in the Palm Pre Ares Online IDE simulator, you can deploy it to a Palm Pre device. The IDE provides instructions for packaging your application and transferring it to a device.

What kind of support is available for Palm Pre Ares Online IDE?

Palm Pre Ares Online IDE provides a range of support resources, including a user guide, a community forum, and technical support.

Is Palm Pre Ares Online IDE free to use?

Yes, Palm Pre Ares Online IDE is free to use. However, you may need to sign up for an account to use the IDE.

Craig BucklerCraig Buckler
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Craig is a freelance UK web consultant who built his first page for IE2.0 in 1995. Since that time he's been advocating standards, accessibility, and best-practice HTML5 techniques. He's created enterprise specifications, websites and online applications for companies and organisations including the UK Parliament, the European Parliament, the Department of Energy & Climate Change, Microsoft, and more. He's written more than 1,000 articles for SitePoint and you can find him @craigbuckler.

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