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Hi,

Can you recommend me what RAD tool shoud i use (satellite forms or appforge)?  or you know other better than those?  Please list their advantages and disadvantages.

thanks,
Diego
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by:ggalen
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Also try ScoutBuilder from AetherSystems.

Satellite Forms is fast for development, but when it crashes, there tech support was not able to help my group at all. We had to rewrite the application.

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by:offir_a
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Hi,

I think the fact AppForge uses real VB, and not some clone-language, was a good thing that made writing with it much fast and easy.
I never tried to contanct their support, but the doc files where quite helpful. (You can also access their help like you would access any help in VB - simply press F1 when you're on the code line or object)

I would recommend you to download their (free) demo and give it a try...

Good luck,
Offir.
www.MobiMate.com
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I have used AppForge extensively.  It enables fast development, but it is not perfect.  On the positive side, the language is fairly standard, and as such easy to learn.  The tool works within VB, so the environment is very standard.  AppForge also enables cross-platform development, so your code can be made to work on an iPAQ, for example.  On the negative side, there is a large run-time module that needs to reside on the hand-held.  During our development, AppForge released 3 versions of the runtime.  (I suppose being able to release new versions is a positive thing, however, the NEED to release is negative.)  The runtime module if free on PalmOS devices, but there is a charge for the WinCE version.  Finally, the resulting code tends to be slower than Satellite Forms.
In summary, I would recommend AppForge for projects if you have VB expertise in-house, or if you need cross-platform support.  Before you make your decision, however, take a close look at what support you need on the desktop.  Do you need a conduit?  The support for a conduit is pretty slim in the current version of AppForge.  Basically you can synchronize a database file through an ODBC link.  Definitely try the demos.
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