Programming with the 200LX



#12

I would really appreciate if you could share your experience programming the HP 200LX. What tools do you use?

I would be mostly interested in programming console applications in C (if possible the newest ANSI compliant version of C available.) But wouldn't be averse to programming in Pascal for example.

This would be something to do as a hobby while riding the bus and in spare moments. Something that I can have fun with and benefit from at the same time.


#13

I had tried various compilers from back in the day of the 200LX (Turbo Pascal 4.0, etc), but more regularily have used QBASIC and Derive.

TomC


#14

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I had tried various compilers from back in the day of the 200LX (Turbo Pascal 4.0, etc), but more regularily have used QBASIC and Derive.

TomC


Thanks for your input, Tom. I remember finding information about Derive in the 200LX at some point. The kind of things that some people made to run in the 200LX is staggering. Like that windowing environment (is its name GEM?) that was a competitor to the very early versions of Windows.
#15

Using an old version of Turbo C is the usual way - but this is K&R not ANSI.


#16

Borland Turbo C 2.01 is provided by Borland free of charge (thanks, Borland). This is a good way to create DOS programs. I think you will need additional libraries to integrate your program into the 200LX system. Probably, you'll find some information
here.

Good luck and happy programming,
Juergen


#17

Thank you for the extra information, Juergen. I will look into it and hopefully I can build a hacking environment for my spare moments.

Cheers!


#18

Just found this site with interesting information about programming the 100/200LX:

Programming the Palmtop


#19

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Just found this site with interesting information about programming the 100/200LX:

Programming the Palmtop


That looks like an excellent source of information. Thank you very much for sharing it!
#20

Yeah, thanks. I think I will end up going that route. Asking for an ANSI compliant C compiler for the 200LX might be a little of a stretch.

#21

You might investigate the early versions of Borland's Turbo C++ compiler. Also, their Turbo Vision library lets you create windows applications in a text-based environment. I think I played around with this a little back in the day, and it was pretty easy to use. Most of these tools are now available for free.


#22

I will do that, thank you.


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