Enhanced Web and Java Development Tools Highlights

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I am very excited about the new Java and Web development tools and SDKs for BlackBerry® that went live today on our website. Our press release covers all of the details in terms of what was launched this morning so I wanted to provide some additional information on the launch. There are four main items that I really want to highlight:

1) Hot Swap Simulator – one of the most exciting features in both sets of tools is the new hot swap capability. Using the new simulators provided in the BlackBerry Java SDK v5.0 you no longer need to reset your simulator every time you update your application, which helps makes it faster and easier to write your applications.

2) Widget and Web Development Tools Together – with the new Web Development tools we are bringing together the BlackBerry Widget and BlackBerry Web development tools into one plug-in so that developers can easily get started using one set of common tools. This should make it easier for web developers to experiment with BlackBerry Widgets and to discover the power and capabilities of that development model.

3) BlackBerry Java Plug-In v1.1 for Eclipse – Our first release of the Java plug-in for Eclipse provided an Eclipse working model for how the BlackBerry JDE handled projects, source files and other attributes. We learned from you – the BlackBerry development community – that our Eclipse plug-in needed to better fit into the current Eclipse working model and we are happy to deliver this functionality with our BlackBerry Java Plug-In v1.1 for Eclipse release. This will make it easier for existing Eclipse developers to get started building BlackBerry applications and make use of the plug-in even more intuitive than before.

4) BlackBerry Java SDK v5.0 goes Gold – after months in beta, our BlackBerry Java SDK v5.0 has gone live bringing all of the 5.0 APIs and capabilities of this new platform to the broad developer community. We have created hundreds of new APIs from UI to Location and almost everything in-between to make it that much easier for developers to create “Super Apps” on the BlackBerry platform.

I would love to hear from the community on what features you are really excited about in the comments!

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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  • nickel

    I'm definitely most excited about the hot swapping of the emulator. That's going to save me hours on dev time!

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  • Cory

    This is awesome! Now i don't want to be negative… but whens the Mac support going to be released??

  • Dmitry

    If one the installation worked… for Eclipse plugin

    Installing using the installer, it fails on creating source files…
    Installing using the updater, it just fails to intall…

  • http://www.keonesoftware.com/ Eric

    Nice to see hot swap introduced, that'll take the environment another step closer to being on-par with other mobile dev platforms. Hopefully the Eclipse environment will continue to get more robust.

    The press release linked in this article makes it seem that hot swap was only for the web plugin v2.0.

  • http://www.alakmalak.com Pamela

    Great thoughts.
    I like it.
    Its a very useful information of web and java development.
    Thanks.

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  • http://twitter.com/rick_espana Ricardo España

    Cory I agree with you, Excellent cuestion! I was wondering exactly the same. You RIM guys are java based, that's wonderful but, I can't understand how do you marry java with windows platform! java principles stands to be portable. Please release a SDK version and simulators that works in every platform. All developers will be happy

  • shawn

    where is the pure java simulator you showed back in september?

  • mkirkup

    Ricardo,

    Great question indeed. We are actively working on bringing our developer tools to other platforms with the majority of the development work centered around porting the simulator over to these platforms. Eclipse, the plugin, and a variety of other pieces included in our tools already work on other operating systems today.

  • mkirkup

    Shawn,

    At this point, we have no plans on turning the demo of the pure Java simulator into its own stand alone product. As noted in my response to Ricardo we are actively working on bringing our simulators and development tools to other platforms. Part of the purpose of this demo at DevCon (in November) was to showcase the ability to work on a Mac platform just as well as on Windows. As well, we are actively working on a GUI Builder product on BlackBerry which we showcased in a live demo at WES. This would leverage a similar type of simulator (for fast prototyping of your UI code) similar to what was shown at DevCon. If there are specific use cases for a stand alone simulator like this I would love to hear them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/romedian Roman Makukh

    Thanks for this!

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