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Galcon iPhone game ported with PDK in less than three days, chronicled in blog form 34

by Derek Kessler Mon, 26 Jul 2010 2:37 pm EDT

Galcom These are the kind of posts we love to read: an iPhone developer with zero Palm experience successfully porting his app to webOS in two and a half days. Developer Phil Hassey’s popular Galcon fleet maneuvers game has been on the iPhone for two years now and received multiple updates to bring expanded gameplay. With the advent of the PDK, porting it to webOS wouldn’t be an overly difficult affair, and Hassey was able to pull it off in less than 24 hours worth of work, and that includes unboxing and activating his Verizon Pre Plus and getting acquainted with webOS, getting into the phone with the PDK, and other first-time development tasks.

With a few tweaks here and there to make Galcon work properly on webOS, Hassey deemed it ready to go, packaged it up, and submitted to Palm’s Developer Relations Team for sale in the App Catalog. After just a few days in the review/approval queue, Galcon is now available for $2.99 for webOS users ....who have webOS version 1.4.5. Sorry Americans, the future of webOS gaming is not quite here for you yet.

Anyway, there you have it - PDK porting at its finest.

Source: PhilHassey.com; thanks to simossoft for the tip!

34 Comments

Great Stuff...

there you go. First this time.

that is an excellent news for all those who wants to jump into webos development

First...at what? :-)

As someone who has never coded outside my Junior Class Programing class I took last year. How hard would it be to start making WebOS Apps?

first!! hahahaha

Really...lol

All the "first" participants at the Online Special Olympics are winners. They all get medals, they all get a gentle tap "congratulations" on their posting helmets.

C'mon folks, recognize the accomplishments of the challenged members of our society. Somebody has to finish last in regular life, we dont have to rub it in when they come up short in here.

Someone get Rovio on the phone.

Seriously...

I don't understand what his big fear is for spending a few (really few) hours to bring Angry Birds over to the Pre. This guy spent less than a day and will be reaping in big $$$ for the little time he spent.

(I don't know what Rovio "pays" himself but surely 24 hours "wage" will be much less than his return on getting the app in the catalog.)

Fifth!

I guess if we 1.4.1.1 users can't play 1.4.5 games on our phones - we can play games in the comments section of the article!

Is the iphone Game $2.99? Or cheaper?

2.39

This is good to see. I wonder if it will be this easy for non-game apps to be ported over using the hybrid system?

Will it work on Pixi after 1.4.5.x? (I am guessing no) :-(
Guess I need to save up for a Pre, getting tired of no love on the Pixi

1.4.5 is suppose to give the Pixi PDK gaming capability.

so how many apps are in the app catalog with 1.4.5 I mean I don't have it and the app catalog is at 2982 I mean we can't be missin that much rite?

lets all buy this game to show other developers that they should be porting their stuff to webOS!

its nice to see a positive comment for a change

I agree, I was thinking the same thing. I have never tried this game before, but I would spend 3 dollars to get WebOS more attention if it makes it more attractive to developers.

I've been wondering why no new games were showing up since the PDK hot app contest began and it makes perfect sense now as this article answers that question. They are flagging them as 1.4.5 required. Perhaps 1.4.1.1 doesn't have all the required implimentation of PDK related stuff to run the aps? Anyways I really think sprint needs to push 1.4.5 out because this is getting ridiculous. Palm had the release in their hands like at least a month ago. At this rate palm will have 1.5 released when we get 1.4.5 on our devices.

Because PDK apps run a risk of crashing the phone on versions earlier than WebOS 1.4.5, they have 1.4.5 as a requirement.

And, AT&T continues to screw over their customers who prefer a non-Apple device.

And Verizon continues to screw over their customers who prefer a non-Android device.

I'm justing to think that, that's what's going to happen there goin to skip 1.4.5 and go striaght to 1.5 in sept

I'm justing to think that, that's what's going to happen there goin to skip 1.4.5 and go striaght to 1.5 in sept

I'm justing to think that, that's what's going to happen there goin to skip 1.4.5 and go striaght to 1.5 in sept

1. Don't hit refresh on the posting page.

2. Proofread. Please.

Actually, the article only states when 2.0 will be out, it doesn't preclude the release of a 1.5.
It's also old news, but thanks for playing anyhow.

Whats gonna be in 1.5 then, I haven't seen anything about it yet but they already talked about 2.0

I'm not pretending to have any inside info. I'm just saying that just because HPalm said 2.0 will be out by end of the year doesn't mean there won't be updates until then. It also doesn't mean that HPalm will release all the features at once. In fact, releasing them in batches makes more sense.

I'm justing to think that, that's what's going to happen there goin to skip 1.4.5 and go striaght to 1.5 in sept

Did anyone else see in Preware - 'Multitouch Piano' - a multi tap piano app with CD QUALITY SAMPLES. Something you can't do with the SDK and WOW! I'm like I can't wait to try this -

'Error you do not have a supported version of Web OS'

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO-- And I have Verizon; so I won't see 1.4.5 for 6 months. ARGHHHHHH I WANT THIS APP.

Seriously Sprint. WTF. Ur droppin the ball on this 1.4.5 update. What the business is?!