RIM Releases Enhanced Java and Web Development Tools

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    An interesting press release was sent out by RIM earlier today that stated the fact that they have updated some of their Plug-ins and SDKs.  In layman’s terms, they have made it much easier for developers to build BlackBerry apps.  Hopefully, this is being done in preparation for the release of the WebKit browser and OS 6.0 so that we can have a much wider selection of good BlackBerry applications.  Are we about to witness the moment where BlackBerry applications take their rightful place alongside those of the iPhone and Android series?  Share your thoughts…

    Also, make sure you check out the Full Press Release after the jump.

    April 6, 2010
    RIM Releases Enhanced Java and Web Development Tools

    Updated Plug-ins and SDKs Make It Even Easier to Create Feature-Rich Applications on the BlackBerry Platform
    Waterloo, ON
    - Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today released
    updated Java and Web-based development tools for the BlackBerry®
    platform. The BlackBerry® Java Plug-In for Eclipse v1.1 and the
    BlackBerry® Web Plug-in v2.0 offer new capabilities that make it even
    easier to create feature-rich applications. The BlackBerry® Widget SDK
    (Software Development Kit) v1.0 and the BlackBerry® Java SDK v5.0,
    which includes more than 20,000 APIs, provide unparalleled access to
    BlackBerry® smartphone hardware features, native BlackBerry software
    applications and other unique system capabilities of the BlackBerry
    Application Platform.

    Using the new tools developers can quickly and easily build
    web-based BlackBerry Widgets or Java applications that leverage the
    unique benefits of the BlackBerry Application Platform to seamlessly
    share information across and interact with core BlackBerry applications
    or other third party applications.  These are personalized and
    contextualized applications that can integrate with a BlackBerry
    smartphone’s inbox, calendar, address book and other native BlackBerry
    applications to deliver a highly engaging user experience.

    “The BlackBerry Application Platform continues to evolve
    tremendously and the new tool enhancements make developing applications
    for BlackBerry smartphones easier and faster than ever,” said Alan
    Brenner, Senior Vice President, BlackBerry Platform at Research In
    Motion. “We believe these enhanced tools will spur a new level of
    creativity and innovation as developers find new ways to leverage the
    unique power and integrated nature of the BlackBerry platform in order
    to bring useful, intelligent applications to the millions of BlackBerry
    smartphone users around the world.”

    BlackBerry Java Plug-In for Eclipse v1.1

    • Enables Java developers to leverage a familiar open source
      development environment (Eclipse 3.5) to create, debug, profile and
      simulate their applications using a wide selection of BlackBerry
      smartphone simulators, actual devices and multiple versions of the
      BlackBerry® OS
    • Improved productivity features include the
      ability to instantly load and immediately run a modified application
      being debugged without having to reset the simulator or device,
      providing tremendous time savings 

    For more information on the Java Plug-in v1.1, visit www.blackberry.com/developers/java11 

    BlackBerry Web Plug-In v2.0

    • BlackBerry Web Plug-ins are now available for both Eclipse and Microsoft Visual Studio
    • Enables
      developers to easily create web applications (includes BlackBerry
      Widgets) and web content using standard web technology and programming
      languages (e.g., HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and AJAX)
    • Enables JavaScript access to core BlackBerry Java API’s.
    • New
      features in the latest 2.0 release include BlackBerry Widget debugging
      and profiling, support for Eclipse 3.5, and simulator “hot swap” to
      greatly reduce the time required to test and debug between iterations 

    For more information on the BlackBerry Web Plug-In v 2.0, visit www.blackberry.com/developers/web20

    BlackBerry Java SDK v5.0

    • OpenGL ES support for 3D graphics, touch-screen, and accelerometer enables visually stunning interactive 3D games*
    • Rich
      multimedia audio and video support, Media Play features, camera zoom
      and focus, and embedded video capture and audio/video streaming support
    • New
      pre-built UI components (e.g., spin-box fields, file pickers, and
      screen transitions) enable advanced graphics and built-in animation and
      increased developer productivity. 
    • SQLite support for data sharing across different applications, as well as Gears JavaScript® API for persistent database storage.
    • Location
      Based Services APIs enable cell-site geolocation, GPS, geocoding and
      reverse geocoding to obtain address and location information 

    For more information on the Java SDK v5.0, visit www.blackberry.com/developers/java50

    BlackBerry Widget SDK v1.0

    • Allows third-party applications to access the calendar,
      contacts, camera, maps, messaging, browser, files, location via
      cell-tower or GPS, and receive BlackBerry push content via BlackBerry
      Widget APIs
    • Includes navigation support for touch-screen
      handsets and screen transition and image transition support for
      BlackBerry Widgets startup and shutdown
    • Location-Based Services and SQLite / Google Gears enabled persistent data storage is also available for BlackBerry Widgets.
    • The
      widget architecture allows for extensibility by letting a third party
      developer develop their own JavaScript extensions, for use and
      distribution within a BlackBerry Widget.

    For more information about the BlackBerry Widget SDK, visit www.blackberry.com/developers/widgets

    To learn more about the range of products and services available to the BlackBerry developer community, please visit www.blackberry.com/developers.

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