My prefered way to build software for the Iliad is Cross compiling with the Irex SDK on my Ubuntu laptop. It is easy to install.
NOTE: I tried (and abandoned) several other ways:
The ipkg command can be used to install, update or remove packages ont the Iliad. It can also be used to get information about installed packages, files and dependencies. The full list of commands and options for details
When experimenting with essential Iliad programs, a small mistake can be fatal: unbootable device, re-flash required.
I solved this with the following set-up:
This is a long article, but it's really quite simple
I have modified the Iliad's ContenLister to show more items on a page. I called it NewLister so it can coexist with the existing one. It can display anything between 4 and 20 items on a page. I also increased the number of remembered 'recent documents' to 12…
An installer and the sources for this software have been published on the Mobileread forum
Lua is a scripting language. It is embeddable in a C-program, and can be extended to call functions written in C. It has a small memory footprint. It can do xml and network stuff. It is great to have it running on the Iliad
Lua-Iliad is Lua5.1 compiled for the Iliad. It includes several additional packages for networking and xml processing. An ipkg package is provided for easy installation on the Iliad.
I moved this project to Mobileread at https://dev.mobileread.com/trac/luailiad/
The Iliad's native GUI is based on (fairly old) gtk+ libraries. I found a great Lua binding for these libraries: Lgob. Basically, it gives full access to GTK+ from Lua. Much easier coding than C, much faster development (no need to compile).
More can be found on the Lgob home page
I assembled an installable Lgob package for the Iliad, which can be downloaded from the LuaIliad project. This 380KB Package includes bindings (more than 2000 functions) for gobject-2.6.6, gdk-2.6.7, pango-1.8.1. and gtk+-2.6.7.
I believe that the combination of Lua and Lgob can be trusted to build stable apps for the Iliad. An example can be found on Mobileread:Multicalc
The cool step is : glade4Lua, a Lua script I wrote to convert Glade's xml output to Lua. I'll continue working on it when I have some spare time.
These are the steps I take to convert 'HTML books' to PDF files with nice (clickable) tables of contents.
The used softwares (
htmldoc) are all opensource.
Note: this recipe works well for large text documents. The layout of pages with images is spoiled.
Irex has open-sourced the Iliad's software. I've run these sources through Doxygen to get nice syntax-colored and cross-referenced html files.
See list of libraries for an overview of the libraries that are available on an untouched Iliad.