Palm OS Articles

During the heyday of Palm OS, I developed or contributed to 11 programs for the platform. Over those years, I learned many good development practices which are documented in a series of “McNits” articles. A bonus unpublished article is included which details how to be organized with the Palm OS Memo Pad application.

As these articles are quite dated, most of the links will be invalid.

McNits Series

McNits is a series of articles that I wrote for the “Handheld Computing Developer” website. They are a compilation of nitpicks that I have concerning those not-so-great Palm OS programs. Some of these are suggestions brought forth by PalmSource, some by me, others are just common sense.

Archives of articles are from the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.

McNits: Mike’s Palm Programming Nitpicks, Part 1

There are literally thousands of programs available for Palm OS platforms, many of which are great, and many of which are not so great. Over the years, I have compiled a list of nitpicks that I have concerning those not-so-great Palm OS programs. The first of a series of articles to help Palm OS developers refine their programs.

McNits: Mike’s Palm Programming Nitpicks, Part 2

This article is part two in a series of Palm OS program nitpicks that I have created. Some of you may think that many of these nitpicks are trivial or trite, but attention to details like these can make your Palm OS programs rise above the others.

McNits: Mike’s Palm Programming Nitpicks, Part 3

This article is part three of a series of nitpicks that I have compiled that will help you recognize various traps that a Palm OS programmer should avoid. Heed these warnings and take pride in your work. Don’t be satisfied with just “good enough”.

McNits: Mike’s Palm Programming Nitpicks, Part 4

As the Palm OS and its developer community learns and then graduates from adolescence, a better system awaits the Palm OS user community. These nitpicks will help you realize what is awkward and what is acceptable in part four of the series.


Organized with Memo Pad

Various techniques on organizing and formatting data and using the built-in Palm OS Memo Pad as well as third-party alternatives.

- 11110 -

Note that each article ends with a “-30-” or “- 11110 -”. The “-30-” was a tradition that I picked up from my father, who was a writer. He told me that this was traditionally used by journalists to indicate the end of a story or article and will “see you in 30 days”. Wikipedia has slightly different take on this tradition. In all but my first article, I used “- 11110 -”, which is 30 in binary.

Palm OS Programs

Palm OS programs that I developed can be found on Mike‘s Palm OS Programs page.