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!