Handheld vendor Palm has restructured its developer programs and launched online training courses in an effort to make it easier for its developer partners to build on their skills and for new developers to come on board.
The new programs include a new two-tier developer program, Basic level and Advantage level; a certification exam to recognise the most advanced Palm developers; and a new Palm-authorised online training program.
Under the new two-level program, developers will have access to the same core services that were available to them under Palm's previous five-tier program.
Gavin Maxwell, platform developer alliance manager for Australia, NZ and Southeast Asia, said "the program is not so much a recognition system". There are no criteria for the different levels - developers are free to choose which level of membership they acquire in accordance with which level offers the services that best suit their requirements, Maxwell said.
Palm has also announced the Palm Powered Certified Developer Program, which recognises the talents of Palm's most elite developers. Candidates for the program must pass a challenging written exam before they are awarded with the certification.
In conjunction with e-learning business solutions provider DigitalThink, Palm has also launched new worldwide online training courses for its developers. According to Maxwell, the courses cater for new developers through to the most advanced Palm developers. The online function provides Palm developers with greater access to training facilities than previously offered.
"The new online training facility allows developers to save time and money as they no longer have to physically attend training seminars," he said.