HP Palm


The HP Palm developer platform, implemented by AOE, provides developer information on webOS, podcasts, an API guide, access to the developer community and many additional features.

HP Palm Case Study
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Palm is a California-based manufacturer of PDAs and smartphones. The company has been a subsidiary of Hewlett-Packard since 2010 and operates under the name of HP Palm. The smartphone operating system HP webOS is the successor to Palm OS. It is based on a Linux kernel and was introduced in 2009. At http://developer.palm.com, webOS developers can find a dedicated platform that offers information on the OS, podcasts and videos, resources on a variety of topics, an API guide, access to the developer community and many additional features.


HP Palm chose TYPO3 because the Content Management System best met the company’s requirements. Features, flexibility, and sustainability were the convincing factors for the California-based company. Open Source specialist AOE with its global setup and offices in six locations, was contracted with the implementation of the entire developer portal. TYPO3 and AOE had been recommended to Palm by the San Francisco-based design agency, Hot Studio, which also designed the user interface of the platform. Hot Studio and AOE have cooperated on a number of tech-projects in the past, including Parallels and Cisco WebEx.


As the project was to be implemented within a three-month timeframe, special attention was placed on the following three factors:

  • The design was initially deployed in HTML5 and CSS3. The CSS framework “Compass” was used to meet one of the major requirements of the client – top-level performance. Compass converts images as well as fonts into a comprisable 64-bit code – meaning pictures and fonts no longer need to be downloaded individually from the browser
  • When changing from the earlier HP Palm developer platform to the present one, several thousand content pages needed to be migrated. AOE solved this task with a customized content migrator. After a one-time configuration, content is migrated at the click of a button, with few post-migration adjustments needed
  • At “My Apps”, webOS developers can access a password-protected area. Here, apps can be submitted directly to HP and also managed. What developers don’t realize is that they are leaving the TYPO3 environment at this point, as “My Apps” was developed in-house by HP Palm. AOE developed a separate concept to integrate the solution with the actual developer portal, creating the impression of a uniform portal – the navigation bar at the top and the footer remain in place

Business Benefits

  • Web Content Management System (CMS): Flexible and future-proof content management based on the Open Source web CMS TYPO3
  • Web portal: Seamless integration of the portal into the extranet system for app developers
  • Performance: Web concept based on HTML5 and Compass-based CSS3 to meet highest performance requirements


The new webOS developer portal provides high levels of performance and technology, with significant potential for future customization, while allowing the editorial team complete control over the content and its organization.

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