Developer Day presentations available

1 BY Fred Patton

Palm Developer Day slide decks are now available on the Developer Portal. Big thanks to all those who presented, and all those who attended! We had a great time.

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Third-party development tools

1 BY Fred Patton

We’ve added an article on the Developer Portal that lists some great third party tools to help make development on webOS even easier. There’s a Mojo-specific TextMate bundle, plus some tools to help with localization. We’ve found these tools be be really useful, and we think you will too. Since these aren’t Palm products, we don’t support or guarantee these tools in any way – we just think they’re cool.

We’ll be adding to this list as we discover more tools. Please let us know if you see any you’d like included!

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Palm and HP made big news today with the announcement of a strategic merger

2 BY devrel

Although specific details regarding HP¹s plans to integrate Palm and its technology into their portfolio will follow shortly, we are super excited about what this will mean for webOS. HP is the largest technology company in the world and brings an incredible pool of resources to scale this platform and the products that run it.

We¹ll update you here as we know more, but in the meantime, here’s a link to the press release.

Dion and Ben

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Palm and HP and their respective directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the proposed merger. Information about Palm’s directors and executive officers is set forth in the proxy statement for Palm’s 2009 annual meeting of stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on August 13, 2009. Information about HP’s directors and executive officers is set forth in the proxy statement for HP’s 2010 annual meeting of stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on January 27, 2010, and in HP’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2009, which was filed with the SEC on December 17, 2009. Additional information regarding these persons and their interests in the merger will be included in the proxy statement relating to the merger when it is filed with the SEC. The proxy statement, any additional proxy materials and Palm’s other SEC filings are, or when filed will be, available free of charge at the SEC’s website at, by going to Palm’s Investor Relations page on its corporate website or by contacting Palm’s Investor Relations department by e-mail at, by phone at (408) 617-7000, or by mail at Palm, Investor Relations, 950 West Maude Avenue, Sunnyvale, California 94085.

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Palm Developer Podcast Series: Episode Two – Getting started with Palm webOS

0 BY devrel

In this episode, Ben and Dion walk through downloading and installing the Palm webOS development environment, and show first time developers how to get started.

There are a bunch of ways to stay in touch:

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New tools to market your Hot App!

0 BY Fred Patton

As part of Palm’s Hot Apps promotion, we’re introducing the Hot Apps Marketing Kit and Hot Apps Pride Kit. We created the information on these two pages to help you market your application, because we want to see you succeed in the webOS  ecosystem. The information and tools provided will help you bring attention to your application and drive sales through the Palm App Catalog, the web, and social networking sites.

We’re providing tools and widgets to help you share about your favorite apps, and embed app icons and stats into your home page, blog, or even your forum signature.

We’re really excited about the ability of Hot Apps to drive sales and downloads of the best apps, and we want to help you do your best. We hope you’ll find the information and tools we’ve provided useful. Let us know what you think!

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New PDK Samples on GitHub

1 BY unwiredben

Back in January, Palm started using GitHub as a repository for sample code and other open-source projects. We’ve got several different trees hosted there, including our collection of webos-samples, Frank W. Zammetti’s game Far Out Fowl, and the RSS reader sample app from the O’Reilly book “Palm webOS” called News.

We’re now proud to add a new tree to our forest… please give a big welcome to pdk-samples.  This collection shows off our Plug-In Development Kit that’s used to turn your C and C++ code into programs for webOS.

We are starting with two chunks of code.  The first is “simple” which you might recognize from the current PDK installer.  It shows a rotating shape using OpenGL ES, it’s a nice piece of bling for your phone that won’t cost you $999.

The second and more extensive sample is called “shapespin”.  It seems similar to “simple” at first glance, then you realize that it’s mixing Mojo-based JavaScript code with PDK-based OpenGL goodness in a way reminiscent of those peanut butter-and-chocolate cups.  Not only can you adjust the rotation using a Mojo slider control, but you also can freeze its movement just by minimizing the application to a card.  Lots of people have been asking for more help with hybrid apps, and here an example to get started.

Developing for mobile apps lecture series

3 BY devrel

Palm executives including VP, Directors, and Senior Product Managers lead a course on mobile application development on the WebOS. Students have the unique opportunity to attain the technical knowledge needed to create their own apps, get insider information about the application submission process at companies like Apple and Palm, and network with various members of Palm’s executive team.

The first two lectures are now online via the StanfordUniversity YouTube channel and you can keep an eye out for future lectures here on the Palm Developer Video Library page.

Lecture 1 focuses on the “Web Vision for Mobile” by Ben.

In Lecture 2, Ben provides a general introduction to HTML and CSS. Dion then shares some examples of CSS and HTML 5 in action and goes on to demonstrate javascript.

Facebook 1.2: A new release for the App Catalog

2 BY devrel

f8, the Facebook developer conference, kicks off tomorrow to share platform news with the world. What better time than to share a new Facebook client for webOS users.

Some of you have hopefully been following the features in our beta channel, and now we have a new release for the official App Catalog distribution channel.

The biggest features added since 1.1 are webOS/Facebook notification support, but there is a lot more. From the last beta release we have also done a lot of polish around the user experience.

We are learning a lot building this application, and if you come to the Palm Developer Day this Friday and Saturday, you will get to hear more:

Adventures in Facebook®: Lessons Learned from a Landmark webOS App

The Facebook app team shares tips and tricks directly from the Facebook playbook that will help make your own webOS apps easier to create and maintain. Get the inside scoop on techniques they developed for debugging, data management, and common webOS tasks. Open source included.

We look forward to share these lessons and common code to help you in your apps.

If you are unable to come to the event, we will work on getting this content to you too… but it would be so much more fun for you to come and talk to us in the flesh! :)

Developer Day is coming!

2 BY devrel

Just a note that Developer Day is rapidly approaching. Last night we sent out final confirmation and attendance information to the attendees. I wanted to drop a quick note here and let people know that if they did NOT get this, please drop us an email so we can get you the information.

We’ve also posted the final agenda on the Developer Day pages.

Looking forward to seeing all of you coming this weekend!


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Say Hello to Ares 1.0

0 BY devrel

I’m happy to announce that Ares 1.0 has been released. Ares is our browser-based IDE for building webOS Apps, and it’s been getting great reviews.

Ares embodies Palm’s belief that the future of mobile will be built on the web. Project Ares aims to enable a next-generation mobile development workflow, in which developers move quickly and seamlessly from editing in a browser, to debugging on a device, to selling applications in Palm’s App Catalog or on the web.

Ares is now available to all developers. We invite you to join us in Ares – try it out, build apps, and give us your feedback as we work to make the Ares vision a reality. To get started, just sign in with your Palm developer account.

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