NS Basic for Palm Programming Contest 3 Results


Feb 4, 2002

 

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NS BASIC Corporation is pleased to announce the results of the third NS Basic for Palm Programming Contest. With over 60 entries, we once again set a record. The quality of the entries was also up. Winners from the last contest would have been just average this time around.

We added two new categories this time: Japanese and Shared Libraries. Even if you don't have a Japanese Palm device, it's worth having a look at what was done in this catagory. The entries in the Shared Library category, while few in number, are important because of the implications and uses they have for all NS Basic programmers.

Significantly more apps that were commercial or shareware. A number of authors noted that their package was being downloaded thousands of times from sites such as PalmGear.

We've posted the winners and honorable mentions at http://www.nsbasic.com/palm/info/contest3.html, along with screen shots. In most cases, authors posted their programs and even their source code, so you can see how they did some of the neat things in their programs. Checks for $100 are on their way to each of the winners. The judging was close in almost all categories: all the entries deserve congratulations.

The winners in each category are:

Enterprise

AirLinx by Jaime Ramirez
This program uses wireless communications to access an in plant database of process control information. The system is live and running in a manufacturing plant. See this link for more information.

Judge's Comments: Smart use of NS Basic. It is used for the user interface and database: the actual communications uses a custom wireless protocol implemented in C as a shared library that is called from NS Basic.


Games

PegPlus by Blaine Leckett
Peg Plus is a game whose objective to to remove all the pegs.

Judge's Comments: Nice use of color and graphics. The multiple level undo is a nice touch. With a bit more documentation, this app is ready to go on sale at Palmgear.


Japanese

Rokuyou by Gentatu
This is a calendar that displays Lunar Date information. For each day you can put an icon and a short memo which can be exported to ToDo. It supports Jogdial.

Judge's Comments: It's easy to use, and exporting to ToDo is nicely done.


Open

Translator by Blaine Leckett
Multi-directional language translator with up to 8 languages. Individual Word substitution for some phrases, Ability to add your own words (and translations) Contains nine categories with over 2000 phrases per language.

Judge's Comments: This is a very well done translator. I was able to quickly find the phrases I needed. A very professional app.


Shared Libraries

SkyWire by AstaWireless
This shared library lets you add wireless data interchange with a desktop server to your app. Commercial.

Judge's Comments: Very easy to use from NS Basic. Now anyone can do wireless apps!


More about NS Basic for Palm OS

NS Basic allows developers who have programmed with tools such as Visual Basic to use their experience to rapidly develop applications for Palm OS 5 based devices. NS Basic is a complete, powerful development environment for Palm OS applications. NS Basic includes features such as databases, serial and IR communications, signature capture and more.

About NS BASIC

NS Basic for Palm OS is one of the most widely used Palm OS development tools. NS BASIC Corporation has been a leading creator of development tools for handheld devices since 1993. More than 14,000 developers in over 60 countries use NS BASIC's tools for Palm OS, Windows CE and Newton. Here are some useful pointers for more information:
Tour: http://www.nsbasic.com/palm/info/Tour.html
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Specifications: http://www.nsbasic.com/palm/info/Specifications.html
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