BlackBerry PlayBook SDK: Adobe AIR Development

Adobe AIR Development

I am here today to talk about the very exciting beta release of the BlackBerry® Tablet OS SDK for Adobe® AIR®. This is the first chance for developers to get started building some great applications for the BlackBerry PlayBook and if you heart Adobe AIR then this SDK version is for you. Building on Adobe AIR 2.5, the BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR provides the following:

    – ActionScript UI components built specifically for the BlackBerry PlayBook
    – API Reference docs
    – A plug-in for Adobe Flash Builder 4.0
    – Packaging and signing tools

The BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR will help you get started building great tablet applications, and to test them out we’ve also provided a beta of the BlackBerry PlayBook simulator. Check out the SDK Getting Started Guide to learn how you can get the SDK installed and simulator setup.

The release of the BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR is just the start. Later this year, BlackBerry App World will be open and ready to accept your Adobe AIR app submissions. Make sure to start coding now, as we will be working to ensure that developers who get qualified apps submitted and approved prior to launch will be first in line to receive a BlackBerry PlayBook from RIM. Stay tuned for more details!

Not sure how to get started? That’s okay! Starting November 4th, we’ll be hosting a series of webcasts to get you up to speed on using Flash Builder and the new BlackBerry PlayBook development tools.

Don’t forget to keep checking back on the Inside BlackBerry Developer’s Blog for more BlackBerry PlayBook development updates! We’ll be providing more information in the coming months on additional development platforms and tools for building thin-client and thick-client apps for the BlackBerry PlayBook.

Hopefully you’re all as pumped as me! Remember: get your BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK NOW, get the BlackBerry PlayBook simulator NOW, sign up for the webcasts NOW and come back soon to submit your app to BlackBerry App World to have your app qualify to receive a BlackBerry PlayBook!

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About Mike Kirkup

Mike Kirkup is the Director for the Developer Relations program at Research In Motion (RIM), which is responsible for managing the technical relationships and programs for RIM’s developer community worldwide. Mike and his team work with RIM’s developer community to provide support and guidance as developers work to integrate their applications to the BlackBerry platform. Mike joined RIM in 2001 as a Security Software Developer in RIM’s Wireless Security Group. As part of the Wireless Securty group, Mike contributed to the development of the BlackBerry Cryptography API, S/MIME and PGP implementations. Mike holds a Masters of Management Science and a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo.

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