While the recently launched BlackBerry® Developer Resource Center and BlackBerry® Developer Zone are great online resources for new and experienced BlackBerry® developers alike, sometimes nothing beats the feel of paper in the hand. With that in mind, I want to draw your attention to some new development resource books that I’ve recently had the pleasure of reading, and would recommend that all BlackBerry developers out there consider taking a look at.
BlackBerry Development Fundamentals by John Wargo
For the beginner developer, there’s John Wargo’s BlackBerry Development Fundamentals. This book is designed to help both new and experienced mobile developers learn how to build mobile applications for the BlackBerry platform. The target audience for this book is developers who are unsure where to get started with BlackBerry development, or developers who have dabbled a bit in BlackBerry development and want to learn more.
To learn more about the book and to order, visit http://bbdevfundamentals.com
Beginning BlackBerry Development by Anthony Rizk
Written for the beginner BlackBerry Java® developer, Anthony Rizk’s Beginning BlackBerry Development is a great resource. The book’s dust jacket promo sums it up pretty well:
“Are you a Java programmer looking for a new challenge and money-making opportunity? If so, Beginning BlackBerry Development may just be the book for you. This book will teach you everything you need to know to start developing apps that run on the BlackBerry family of devices and smartphones.”
To learn more about the book and to order, visit http://apress.com/book/view/9781430272250
Advanced BlackBerry Development by Chris King
This book by Chris King is designed to take your BlackBerry development skills to the next level. A great choice for those who have read Beginning BlackBerry Development and want to continue their learning! Here’s more info from the dust jacket promo:
“With Advanced BlackBerry Development, you’ll learn you how to take advantage of BlackBerry media capabilities, including the camera and video playback. The book also shows you how to send and receive text and multimedia messages, use powerful cryptography libraries, and connect with the user’s personal and business contacts and calendar.”
To learn more about the book and to order, visit http://apress.com/book/view/1430226560
Learn BlackBerry Games Development by Carol Hamer and Andrew Davison
If, like me, you’re passionate about games and would like to translate your skill and knowledge to BlackBerry game development, Learn BlackBerry Games Development by Carol Hamer and Andrew Davison is a great place to start. In this book, Hamer and Davison provide professional techniques that you can use for music, 2D and 3D graphics, maps, and game design patterns to build peer-to-peer games, role playing games, and more for BlackBerry. The book also gives coverage of JSR 239 (OpenGL ES) and includes code samples!
To learn more about the book and to order, visit http://apress.com/book/view/1430227184
That about covers my recommendations for now. If you know of any valuable BlackBerry development books, please let me know in the comments!