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#1 Dankwansere   User is offline

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Blackberry programming

Posted 10 April 2011 - 12:02 PM

Hey everyone. For sometime now I've been interested in programming for the blackberry phone platforms. I was just wondering if anyone knows any links to where I can buy or acquire any blackberry programming textbooks? I know the blackberry platform uses Java, so i was wondering if there were any java books that focuses primarily on programming for blackberrys. Thank you any advice would be helpful :)

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#2 softwareEngineer()   User is offline

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Re: Blackberry programming

Posted 10 April 2011 - 12:40 PM

You can start looking at the Oracle page about Blackberry Programming, located here.
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#3 gareth.nic   User is offline

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Re: Blackberry programming

Posted 19 April 2011 - 08:27 AM

Have gone to Blackberry's Developer Zone? They've got quite a few resources there.

I did a simple search on Amazon and found a few books

BlackBerry Java Application Development: Beginner's Guide

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Re: Blackberry programming

Posted 20 August 2011 - 12:58 PM

There's this here which is a good source for finding tutorials.

The tutorials seem to be names A? so you can always Google them when you know which ones you want, A10 - writing your first application is a good one to start with.


Afraid I don't know books wise if you prefer them.
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Re: Blackberry programming

Posted 23 October 2011 - 01:31 AM

If you are familiar with C++ and are focusing on game development for Blackberry, you might want to check out cocos2d-x. There is a Blackberry fork by RIM: https://github.com/b...berry/Cocos2D-X

It's just recent, but I'm sure it'll be part of the master sooner then later.
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Re: Blackberry programming

Posted 24 October 2011 - 01:38 PM

First, you should probably determine which version of BB OS you want to build for. Currently all phones run on BB OS7 or older. However, they are moving all future phones over to their new OS which I think is called PlayBook OS. There isn't much overlap between coding for the old and new OSs.

OS7 and older can be done either using Java or HTML/Javascript.

1. Java allows you to create 100% native apps that have access to all native BB device functionality.
2. If you want to use HTML/Javascript (called a Webworks app), it uses a native wrapper that contains a webkit browser to display the HTML content.

PlayBook OS development is a little more varied.

1. Native development is done using C/C++.
2. You can take an existing Android app and package it as a BB app using their Android packager
3. You can also use HTML/Javascript as mentioned above.
4. You can create an AIR app using Flash and/or Flex SDK. This runs on top of the Adobe AIR runtime on the device (the runtime can be packaged with the app).

There are a lot of options :) Here is a chart with some links providing more info:

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