Palm launches new OS developer program

Snuggling up to its developers, Palm Inc. announced recently a new two-level Palm OS developer program, a new certifying program and online training courses.

Palm hopes the effort will move developers to create more and better applications for PDAs (personal digital assistants) that run the company’s operating system, Palm OS. The company is also targeting corporate IT managers, who might want to create company-specific applications, Palm said in a statement. The company said it has registered more than 175,000 developers. The “Basic” level of the Palm OS Developer Program is free and offers developers SDKs (software development kits) and limited access to source code, among other things. “Advantage” level membership costs US$500 a year and includes technical support, a quarterly resource CD and some marketing opportunities, Palm said.