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  1. KPR
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    Hi all.

    I would like to get developers opinions, thoughts, and experiences about HB++. Which version (standard, professional, or enterprise) do most people use? Are many developers using it? Are many apps written in it? Is it a company (and environment) that will be around for a while? How do people like it that have worked with it?

    Thanks, KPR
    Last edited by KPR; 06/10/2005 at 06:53 PM.
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    Hi KPR,

    I 'm a HB++ user.

    All the application, i developped is with HB++.

    Whit it,you can develop quickly, robust and fast applications.

    I like it very much and the support via the HB++forum is very fast.

    I never was face a problem i can't resolve.

    I develop system application and dabase application.

    I used the professional version.

    Actually i develop an application for french teacher which will help them to manage note, homework, presence, punishment, .... All the management of french classes in a palm !

    I don't know if my application are very representative but you can see them at http://www.payalba.com

    And the three last are (not released yet ) :

    AuDodo : application to switch off the Palm with a Hard Button (http://www.payalba.com/download.php?...RC&&fic=AuDodo )

    MesNotes : application to manage notes (http://www.payalba.com/download.php?...&&fic=MesNotes )

    And ChangeMe : application to change the "launcher name" of an application, to hide it, and apply icon from an application to an other.
    (http://www.payalba.com/download.php?...&&fic=ChangeMe )

    At the end, i can say HB++ is a very good IDE for PalmOS.

    I never regret to buy it.

    Sorry for my bad english.

    Regards,

    Payalba
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    KPR

    HB++ is a great product, and I would not use any other for Palm development. Consider the following:

    - The environment is fully capable, including forms, modules, classes, packages, debugging, and more.
    - The language is similar to Visual Basic 6, so the learning curve and development time is short. It is object oriented and includes features such as inheritance and error checking.
    - Your program compiles to C and a single prc file (no runtime), so your application is small and fast.
    - The program includes a conduit creator, so you can create fully functional conduits, including a mirror Access database if you wish, in minutes.
    - The program is extensible, so you can use any C library or function if needed.
    - Support is legendary. Just check out the forum on the HB++ site and you will quickly see what I mean. In addition to a large number of users that contribute, the developers of the product monitor the forum and daily provide suggestions and code samples.

    With regard to the version, a fully-functional program runs free as a trial. You can use this to to develop your application and then purchase the level you require. If your app uses more than 5 tables, you will need the Professional version. Larger organizations will want the Enterprise version for advanced support options. Also note that there is no charge for product upgrades within the same version.

    The company is based in Paris, is stable, and has strong industry connections. It has a large user base and has been used for many commercial applications.

    I would suggest giving it a try, and I will be most surprised if you do not end up becoming an enthusiastic supporter.

    Jon
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    Thank you both VERY MUCH for your input.

    KPR
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    Hi, just wanted to chime in and sing the praises of HB++ too I purchased the Professional version a bit over a year ago and haven't for a single second regretted it! HB++, IMHO, is the best RAD IDE there is. I've used AppForge and NSBasice and both PALE in comparison. HB++ also has THE MOST responsive and helpful support staff I've ever seen! It is one of the only forums I've ever had the pleasure of participating on were the CEO and other senior staff members ROUTINELY answer posts!

    To date...I've written about a half dozen client applications and another half dozen for personal sale/use and have YET to find anything I needed from this IDE that it couldn't provide. If I didn't know how to do it...the support team was there with the help and code samples I needed to get me on the right track.

    I only wish I could speak so highly of every company I've purchased software from...the guys are just top notch and the tool is beyond comparison for RAD and shear power/performance that rival C code, but only taking a FRACTION of the developing time!
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    Thanks for your input Gack. In reviews, performance tests, and my first look, it really does seem great!
    KPR
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    I've been using HB++ over the last month or so to develop my very first Palm OS application. It's a virtual thumbboard app designed for the Zodiac in particular, but which will also be made compatible with other 480x320 landscape devices. You can find some more information about it here:
    http://www.tapland.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=17

    This app is a hack-style app that is designed to run "on top" of other applications. HB++ offers a lot of great RAD capabilities and when you want to do something deeper into the OS, you can declare and make use of all of the Palm OS API function calls.

    Speed seems very good (admittedly, I'm not developing a sophisticated multimedia app - though you should check out Bhajis loops for an example of what this development environment is capable of) and the file size seems quite small as well. My app isn't finished yet, but it's already offering the same level of functionality as a couple of my competitors' products (which are likely written in C++) and my app has the smallest filesize of the three.
    Now THIS is the future of smartphones.
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    hi, my name is Wellington, i have good book for HB++. I would like to disclose this material.

    http://www.softpalm.com.br/arquivo.aspx?ID=500
    http://www.softpalm.com.br/ArquivoPDS.aspx?ID=531
    http://www.softpalm.com.br/ArquivoPDS.aspx?ID=532


    Language: Portuguese

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