BlackBerry Web Development Tools Released – Plug-ins for Eclipse and Microsoft Visual Studio


EDITOR’S NOTE 4/20/2012: For more up-to-date material on this subject, please see the blog post BlackBerry WebWorks Tooling Evolved. Alternatively, check out the HTML5 microsite for more information. Happy developing!

RIM just released two new web development tools to streamline web development for the BlackBerry® platform. The first tool is a plug-in to Eclipse®, called the BlackBerry® Web Development Plug-in for Eclipse. This plug-in has been tightly integrated with the Eclipse WTP development environment and is version 1.0 of the product. It supports Eclipse 3.4, Windows XP and Vista (32-bit only). The second tool is a plug- in to Microsoft® Visual Studio, called the BlackBerry Plug-in for Microsoft Visual Studio. This plug-in has also been tightly integrated into the Microsoft Visual Studio development environment and is version 1.2 of the product. It supports Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition, Windows XP and Vista (32-bit only). Both tools come bundled with a BlackBerry device simulator. BlackBerry simulators for other smartphone models, OS versions or carrier specific versions are also available for download on our Developer Zone emulator page.

The new capabilities in both these tools are the addition of debugging and profiling support within JavaScript®. As a developer you can set breakpoints in your JavaScript web content/pages, or even point the tooling at a remote web page, and begin stepping over and through the code. The tools show the developer the current value of variables being used; the variable values can be changed on the fly. As a developer, the tool can also report the time it takes an image or some other web content to load in the browser. This gives you an idea of where some bottlenecks could exist in your code. Additionally, the tool shows the content of XMLHttpRequest requests and response data from AJAX calls made to a web server over the network. This is a powerful capability that helps in making sure the correct data is being sent back to the application. And finally, the tooling allows the developer to register BlackBerry device simulators for testing and debugging of web content/pages on other BlackBerry smartphones that are targeted for deployment.

Download BlackBerry Web Development Plug-in for Eclipse 1.0
Download BlackBerry Plug-in for Microsoft Visual Studio 1.2

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