BlackBerry Java Application Development v5.0 Beta now live!

Java Development

I am happy to announce that updated versions of the BlackBerry® Java® Application Development tools are available for download on BlackBerry® Developer Zone, including the BlackBerry® Java Development Environment Plug-in for Eclipse and the BlackBerry® Java Development Environment. The BlackBerry Java Application Development v5.0 Beta 3 release builds on the previous beta releases available to the community and adds several new APIs and features including:

Contact Linking API
(net.rim.blackberry.api.pdap.contactlinking.*)
Allows third-party applications to link into address book contacts and to provide their own custom data.
Push API
(net.rim.blackberry.api.push.*)
Makes using Push APIs even easier and more powerful for developers.
Location picker
(net.rim.device.api.lbs.picker.*)
Allows the user to select a location source such as their current location via GPS or a recently selected location.
Menu customization Allows for easy UI customization of menu attributes such as background, border and font changes.
AbsoluteFieldManager Allows for placement of fields at specific x, y positions on-screen rather than in relation to surrounding fields. Also allows for overlapping fields.
PictureScrollField Draws a row of images that can be scrolled through from side to side using trackball or touch gestures.
EyelidFieldManager Easily display text or static images for a defined period of time on top of existing UI objects.
ZoomScreen Ability to zoom-in and pan around images. Also supports multi-touch.
Image API
(via net.rim.device.api.ui.Image
and net.rim.device.api.ui.ImageFactory)
A single container for representing images at an agnostic level to hold bitmaps, PNGs, and other items.
Widget Extension API
(via net.rim.device.api.web.*
and net.rim.device.api.web.jse.*)
Ability to register third-party Javascript® extensions to expose your own custom Java implementations for Web applications.

Each of these new APIs is in addition to an already exciting list of new features and APIs as outlined in the Beta 3 release notes. I would love to hear what you think of the new BlackBerry Java Application Development v5.0 Beta 3 and to get your feedback on the APIs.

Download BlackBerry Java Application Development v5.0 Beta 3
BlackBerry Java Application Development v5.0 Beta 3 release notes

About Mike Kirkup

Mike Kirkup is the Director for the Developer Relations program at Research In Motion (RIM), which is responsible for managing the technical relationships and programs for RIM’s developer community worldwide. Mike and his team work with RIM’s developer community to provide support and guidance as developers work to integrate their applications to the BlackBerry platform. Mike joined RIM in 2001 as a Security Software Developer in RIM’s Wireless Security Group. As part of the Wireless Securty group, Mike contributed to the development of the BlackBerry Cryptography API, S/MIME and PGP implementations. Mike holds a Masters of Management Science and a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo.

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