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IBM developerWorks: Python for the PalmOS

Aug 05, 2001, 23:45 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Mertz)

[ Thanks to Kellie for this link. ]

"Let me introduce Pippy in the style of a good news/bad news joke. The good news about Pippy is that it allows a Python programmer to write and run programs right on the Palm. Moreover, with version 0.7, Pippy has gotten faster, more stable, and easier to use. The bad news is that, so far, Pippy is still fairly "bleeding edge" software, and a lot of the things programmers want in a development environment are planned for later versions, not available today. Still, Pippy gives you enough to play with now, and enables you to do some useful things without too much effort.

When installing Pippy, first download its executables and/or source archives. The source archive is available as a tarball, called pippy-0.7-src.tar.gz, while the executable-only distribution is called pippy_0_7.zip (or the same name with a .tar.gz, .sit, or hqx extension, depending on your platform). For most users, it's easiest to stick with the executable distribution. Let's look at that first.

Within a Pippy executable archive, you'll find a relative directory called ./pippy_0_7. Inside this directory are five files. Read the README -- as always -- and check out the LICENSE and NEWS files for the expected topics. Find files pippy.prc and pylib.prc. These are the ones that you want to upload to your PalmOS device."

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