BlackBerry WebWorks SDK for Tablet OS Improvements

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As we work our way through the different Beta releases of the BlackBerry® WebWorks™ SDK for Tablet OS and the Adobe® AIR® SDK for Tablet OS, we’re continuing to strive toward an improved developer experience. Feedback from the community is essential to make sure that we’re addressing everyone’s needs and challenges along the way, and we hope that you will work with us to evolve the SDKs.

Through the last couple of Beta drops, we’ve been adding incremental improvements to the SDKs, and behind the scenes we’ve been working with our partners at Adobe and VMware to bring a better out-of-the-box experience. With VMware, we’ve been working to find ways to better support the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet simulator on Mac OS X as well as build a more streamlined installation and configuration process for everyone. Currently there are a lot of steps needed to get up and rolling with the simulator, and this is something we are committed to improving. We’re also incorporating feedback around developer’s installation preferences for the BlackBerry WebWorks SDK on both Windows® and Mac® OS X platforms.

A great example of one improvement we have made comes in the latest version of the SDKs for Tablet OS, which no longer requires you to sync up the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet simulator time with your desktop time. We found this had been an issue around some load failures while debugging.

We’re also working with Adobe to find the best way to integrate their Adobe AIR SDK with our tooling so that there are less configuration tasks for a developer to undertake.

As we work through our Beta process you’ll see that we continue to work with our partners and ensure a top-notch, first-time experience.

We also have some updates for our download process planned for the first part of March. With these updates you’ll have the three options when downloading software from the BlackBerry Developer Zone:

  1. You can enter your personal information each time you download the software. I personally make sure that I have the “Remember Me” checkbox checked so that it stores all this information in my browser’s cookies. Each subsequent download already has this information filled in for me and I don’t have to enter it again.
  2. If you’re logged into the BlackBerry Developer Zone, you won’t even see the page requesting personal information and instead you’ll go directly to the requested download.
  3. If you’re not registered as a user of the BlackBerry Developer Zone, you’ll be able to choose to be automatically registered as a BlackBerry Developer Zone user by checking a checkbox on the personal information screen when downloading software. You’ll then be sent an activation email so that you can activate your BlackBerry Developer Zone account and then fall into the category of option #2 mentioned above.

We can’t stress enough how important your feedback is to make sure we are making the improvements that are important to you. So please keep the feedback coming through the Developer Forums, blog comments, emails or Twitter® – and don’t forget to check my post Getting Started Tips for BlackBerry WebWorks SDK for Tablet OS.

About Tim N.

Tim leads Application Platform & Tools Product Management at Research In Motion. This includes APIs, Frameworks and Tools for the BlackBerry Platform. He can be found hanging out in the development forums or Twitter (@brcewane) trying to help out where he can and to bring your feedback into the next releases of BlackBerry tooling. You’ll also see Tim presenting various topics at the BlackBerry Developer Conferences and BlackBerry World so be sure to stop by and say hi. Just don’t start talking about cars or Batman or you won’t be able to get rid of him.

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