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Integration of PDAs to MultiValue Databases Nathan Rector Natec Systems About the Speaker Nathan Rector, Owner of Natec Systems Consultant since 1992, user since 1989 Writes ‘Tech Tips’ in Spectrum Magazine On-site Training Custom Programming MV Basic Visual Basic Custom Applications

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about the speaker
About the Speaker
  • Nathan Rector, Owner of Natec Systems
  • Consultant since 1992, user since 1989
  • Writes ‘Tech Tips’ in Spectrum Magazine
  • On-site Training
  • Custom Programming
    • MV Basic
    • Visual Basic
    • Custom Applications
objective
Objective
  • Introduce PDA to MultiValue Environment
  • Different PDAs
  • Methods of exchanging information
  • Development tools
types of pdas
Types of PDAs
  • Palm - Palm OS
    • Palm m100
    • Palm III
    • Palm V
    • Palm VII
  • Pocket PC - Windows CE
  • HandSpring - Palm OS
  • Symbol - Palm OS and Windows CE
palm vs pocket pc wince palm
Palm vs Pocket PC (WinCE) Palm

Advantages:

  • Price
  • More Existing software
  • Simplicity

Disadvantages

  • Simplicity
  • Programming Languages (no longer relevant)
palm vs pocket pc wince pocket pc
Palm vs Pocket PC (WinCE)Pocket PC

Advantages:

  • Windows Functionality
  • Programming Languages (no longer relevant)

Disadvantages:

  • Price
  • Complexity
applications
Applications
  • Warehouse Inventory
  • Retail Order Entry
  • Sales Force Contact List
  • Appointments
  • General Organization
  • Production Floor Notes/Directors
data integration methods
Data Integration Methods
  • “File Link”
    • Hot Sync/IntelliSync
  • Palm Desktop
  • Outlook
  • MS Access
  • Custom Conduit
  • ActiveSync
file link
“File Link”
  • Palm – Supported
    • Included in the Hot Sync Manager
  • Pocket PC – Not Supported
palm desktop
Palm DeskTop
  • Palm – Supported
    • Included with your Palm
  • Pocket PC – Not Supported
    • Requires MS Office to get similar functions
outlook
OutLook
  • Palm – Supported
    • IntelliSync
  • Pocket PC – Support
    • ActiveSync
ms access
MS Access
  • Palm – Supported
    • Satellite Forms
  • PocketPC – Supportedc
    • ActiveSync
conduits
Conduits
  • Palm – Supported
    • Create your own conduit to access MultiValue Data directly
  • Pocket PC – Not Supported
activesync
ActiveSync
  • Palm – Not Supported
    • Use Conduits
  • Pocket PC – Supported
    • Works with Office only
    • Complete Desktop Files
development tools
Development Tools
  • Window CE
    • Visual C++ for Windows CE
    • Visual Basic for Windows CE
  • Palm
    • C++
    • Visual Basic (AppForge VB Add-in)
    • NS-Basic
    • CodeWarrior
    • Satellite Forms
application design
Application Design
  • Small screen
  • Limited processing
  • Batch mode
  • Tap touch
  • How will it be used?
    • Data entry
    • Inquiry/Access only?
  • Users to be using?
pda file design
PDA File Design
  • How fast do you need to sync
  • Minimum data required
    • Size
    • Speed of sync
    • PDA Processing
    • Updating MV System
  • New/Updated Data
  • Deleted Data
good bad screen design
Good/Bad Screen Design
  • Good for viewing
  • Easy access
  • Hard to enter new data
  • Requires skill by user
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Good/Bad Screen Design
  • Easy viewing
  • Easy marking of done
  • Easy to change basic information