BlackBerry DEVCON Web Sessions: Blogger Picks

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I was recently asked to share my thoughts about three sessions from BlackBerry® DEVCON 2010 that I am most looking forward to. All I can say is: Where do I begin?

This year’s session catalog is clearly the best attendees have ever seen, and narrowing my favorites down to just three picks is nothing short of an impossible challenge for me. We have put together an amazing collection of sessions that represent all areas of BlackBerry® development, and these presentations are going to be delivered by some of the industry’s leading subject matter experts. If you haven’t seen the catalog yet, I invite you to review it and choose your own top 3 picks.

The main area of interest for me this year will be the sessions that address the major improvements that have been made to the Web platform since last year’s DEVCON. The recent launch of BlackBerry® 6 introduced the powerful WebKit browser engine to the BlackBerry® Torch™ 9800 smartphone. As well, the BlackBerry® Widget development platform has grown considerably in just one year to the point that we are seeing a growing trend in development activity.

I am happy to see that there will be almost 20 sessions this year at DEVCON that focus on BlackBerry Web and Widget development. The three sessions I am looking forward to the most are:

DEV48 – Introduction to WebKit: Developing Web and Widget applications for BlackBerry 6
In this session, George Staikos (Senior Director of the Torch Mobile team), and Tim Neil (Manager of Development Tools) will cover how this powerful web content rendering engine visually and functionally enhances your web-based applications. Join these experts for 60 minutes of engaging and in-depth conversation about WebKit!

COM01 – Transferring to BlackBerry Widgets within the Enterprise
I met Jason Mace at DEVCON last year, and he immediately made a strong impression on me – so much so that I knew he would become a valuable member of the BlackBerry Widget development community. I was certainly right, as I’m sure for anyone who has spent time in the Web Forums can agree, Jason is plays a very active role in enhancing the Widget platform through his contributions in providing support to other developers, as well as feedback from his own efforts. I’m very interested to hear Jason’s insight into his experience on developing applications within an Enterprise environment. Be sure to introduce yourself to Jason at this year’s show.

DEV36 – Before You Go to Market: Tips, Tricks and Lessons Learned about Selling Commercial BlackBerry Applications
Okay, I’ll admit this one isn’t specifically about BlackBerry Web or Widget development. However, if you are considering developing an application using the BlackBerry Widget SDK, you should consider attending this session. BlackBerry Widget applications can be distributed and sold through application storefronts like BlackBerry App World. Neil Sainsbury (Senior Application Development Consultant) will share his real-world experience in going to market and successfully selling commercial BlackBerry applications. Attendees will gain valuable information in hearing what Neil has to say about successfully designing, developing, testing and preparing to market your application before you actually go live in the marketplace.

That’s it for me now. I hope I’ve convinced you at how important it is to attend DEVCON this year. Please remember to introduce yourself to me if you see me at the show and mention you read this article. What are the sessions you are most looking forward to?

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