We have been hard at work on the BlackBerry® Tablet OS and the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet, and are looking forward to providing you with an uncompromised tablet experience. We have also been working hard on providing developers with the necessary tools and APIs to build compelling applications. Personally, I have been leading the development efforts on the BlackBerry® Tablet OS SDK for Adobe® AIR® and have really enjoyed seeing and listening to what the community has done with it so far. Having been part of the Adobe® Flash® community for the last 10 years, I am always amazed at the passion everyone has.
Research In Motion® (RIM®) has formed a great partnership with Adobe®, in which both are dedicated to providing developers with an exceptional development experience using the tools and technologies that you have grown to love. Supporting the community is one of the biggest priorities for both companies; for example, along with our BlackBerry® Developer Zone, Adobe has dedicated a page on their Developer Connection portal. Adobe evangelists have been quick to create content and tutorials, a great example of which can be found on our BlackBerry Developer Zone – Christophe Coenraets has created a tutorial on developing Flex for the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet in 90 minutes.
If you are new to Adobe Flash and Adobe AIR development, getting started can be easily overwhelming. There are lots of tooling options and technology options to consider before beginning. The above article walks you through all of the necessary steps to get you set up and started. Christophe also shows how to get started developing your application using the new Flex Hero Mobile framework, which features many new components that are specifically targeted for mobile and touch screen devices. The tutorial also covers common tasks that most applications will need to perform, such as communicating with a web service and saving data locally.
This tutorial is an excellent first step into developing applications for the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet with Adobe AIR. Afterwards, you should feel comfortable with the tools and deploying applications to the simulator so you can begin writing your own applications. Don’t forget that the deadline for submitting your application to BlackBerry® App World™ is March 31st, 2011 in order to qualify for the free BlackBerry PlayBook tablet offer.
- Julian, Platform Lead