BlackBerry development books


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

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.”

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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.”

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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!

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That about covers my recommendations for now. If you know of any valuable BlackBerry development books, please let me know in the comments!

About Neil S.

When he’s not out riding the waves off the sunny eastern coast of Australia, you’re likely to find Neil at his desk answering emails, taking calls, or cutting code in his role of Application Developer Consultant for Research In Motion (RIM). As a member of the Developer Relations team Neil spends a great deal of time working with Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) in Australia and New Zealand helping them get the most out of the BlackBerry platform, and also working behind the scenes to ensure everything is “most excellent” for all developers. Neil’s been developing for the BlackBerry for five years and prior to joining RIM ran a successful BlackBerry software company. He also likes hats.

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  • peter_strange

    You will find some discussion of the first three books on the forum.

  • Douglas tr0n Soltys

    Peter, can you share the link?

  • peter_strange

    Apologies Douglas, I thought this was spam..

    Here are some stuff that I wrote, I think if you search there are other
    people's comments on some books too:

    BlackBerry Development Fundamentals, by John Wargo

    Beginning BlackBerry Development, by Anthony Rizk

    Advanced BlackBerry Development, by Chris King

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  • Anonymous

    I’ve only seen Beginning BlackBerry Development but if you are comparing it to others such as Beginning IPhone or Beginning Android don’t waste your time. It provides very little beyond just how to create a simple app. Nothing more complex or useful.

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