Built For BlackBerry – WebWorks “Bootstrap” Sample v1 released!


Building great BlackBerry 10 WebWorks app just got easier! The other day I released a new sample app on our BlackBerry GitHub repository which gives you a push in the right direction to quickly build a “Built for BlackBerry” designated application.

So what is a Built for BlackBerry app? In a nutshell, a BFB app is an application which is designed from start-to-finish to be awesome in performance, looks, and functionality. Apps which apply for, and pass, the Built For BlackBerry program tell users that this app meets BlackBerry’s high standards for quality and performance.

My latest sample app was created to give you a head start in achieving the BFB designation, allowing you to focus more of your time on the functionality of your app, rather than the actual UI and setup. It’s simply a starting point/blank slate for you to work with and customize.

I’ve incorporated all of the features we look for in a Built For BlackBerry app. Right out of the box you’ll have an application that meets the BlackBerry 10 UI guidelines, connects to BlackBerry Messenger and to the Share Framework. There are also several other features including: App Menu (swipe down), Toasts, Window Covers, and device specific Splash Screens. I’ve even included CSS media queries to show you how to style your app on a Z10 vs. Q10 with CSS!. This will allow you to quickly customize this “boiler-plate” to meet your own needs and focus on the content of your app rather than getting the “right” look.

Check-out the application over at GitHub.

If you find this sample useful, have any questions, or just want to keep up-to-date on the world of BlackBerry WebWorks and HTML5, follow me on Twitter!


About Chad Tetreault

A developer at heart, I’ve been coding in some shape or form since the age of 13. Nowadays I focus on building awesome cross-platform (Android, iOS, BlackBerry) mobile web applications powered by Cordova, JavaScript, and AngularJS.

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