New BlackBerry Browser Enhancements with Eclipse - 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.
Final Notes on Building Business Apps with the BB Browser
If you are familiar with Java, chances are you’re not going to have any problems developing business applications using BlackBerry’s browser. Once you understand some of the following basic information, you can hit the ground running.
The BlackBerry platform is based on the CLDC, which includes support for MIDP 2.0. That being said, it’s important to point out that many BlackBerry-specific classes are also provided. Before you write your apps you’ll have to decide if you’re going to write a BlackBerry business application or a MIDP business app.
When developing a MIDP business application, you can only use the APIs exposed by the CLDC and MIDP standards. Your business app will run on BlackBerry handheld devices and on a limited number of other types of phones, but it won't be able to utilize any special BlackBerry features.
It goes without saying that most BlackBerry developers choose to build BlackBerry-specific business applications. This, of course, requires that you learn BlackBerry-specific APIs, which includes new user interface classes and the BlackBerry Java Development Environment (JDE) in order to develop your business applications.
The JDE is free to download and works with the Java Software Development Kit. This will provide you with everything necessary to create, package, test and debug your BlackBerry business apps.