Making the Most of the Platform - Smartphone Development
As a BlackBerry developer, it makes sense that a majority -- if not all -- of the apps you create are business applications. That's not likely to change in the near future. Fortunately, though, there are some great tools available to make your job easier.
In order to make the most of BlackBerry’s platform, developers can leverage existing wireless connectivity and take advantage of more familiar web-based user interfaces. The fact that BlackBerry’s application data can pull the same wireless compression, encryption, connection, and infrastructure as its e-mail might be of extra interest to BlackBerry business app developers because it means that it’s no longer necessary to build extra networking functions. Now usually, browser-based apps act as traditional client/server deployments, but when using the BlackBerry browser to develop your apps, clients will already be familiar with the web-based interface because nothing is being deployed.
Developing Business Apps using Eclipse
Developing business apps for the BlackBerry browser was already simple enough because it enabled developers to use standard web authoring tools with which they were probably already familiar. Things have gotten even easier, especially for developers familiar with Eclipse. A new BlackBerry web development plug-in for Eclipse was released earlier this month, and it’s seamlessly integrated with Eclipse 3.4. This new addition to the BlackBerry browser set of tools will enable developers to debug their browser-based business applications and content for BlackBerry handheld devices.
It also enables the ability to profile the code, and some could argue that it greatly increases efficiency because it allows developers to use Eclipse in a way that’s familiar to them. After all, utilizing the BlackBerry Browser’s Eclipse plug-in to develop your business applications doesn’t require learning any new programs or software. The Eclipse plug-in also assists with remote web development, debugging and profiling. The new Eclipse plug-in also comes with a BlackBerry smartphone simulator once it is downloaded. This, of course, will enable developers to immediately test their business applications and get them out to their users as quickly as possible.