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Things to Keep in Mind when Developing Content for the BlackBerry Browser - Smartphone Development

Those interested in becoming a BlackBerry developer, itís of the utmost importance that you get to know the BlackBerry browser like the back of your hand. The good news is that the architecture for BlackBerry browser applications is quite simplistic and straightforward. Essentially, the BlackBerry browser is a Java ME application and according to BlackBerry, this particular application has been a part of the companyís technology for almost ten years.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. Developing the BlackBerry Browser
  2. Developing Applications for the BlackBerry Browser
  3. Things to Keep in Mind when Developing Content for the BlackBerry Browser
By: Joe eitel
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May 27, 2009

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Much of developing pertains to a working knowledge of the software and tools you are utilizing, but a successful application will also focus on design. Your goal as a developer should be to design your content in a way that enables users to quickly find whatever it is theyíre looking for. The tools BlackBerry provides can make this possible, ifyou know how to utilize them properly.

The most important thing to keep in mind is minimalism. You donít want clutter and you definitely donít want to include anything that doesnít further the purpose of the web page. In other words, be as sparse as possible in order to avoid sending any unnecessary content. You simply want to include whatever is necessary for the user to complete their intended task and nothing more. Also, remember to place any and all important information as close to the top of the page as humanly possible. You want the information being searched for to be accessed as quickly as possible.

The speed at which users can access the information in your apps is one of the most important factors to consider and believe it or not, good design helps this process along. For example, in order to improve downloading and rendering speeds, you can use JavaScript and AJAX requests to render the page. The AJAX requests ultimately lead to an improved user experience because the wait times are drastically reduced. As you can see, the BlackBerry browser has a lot to offer developers; itís just a matter of making the most of it. When developing applications, try to keep the users in mind or consider your needs as a user. As the saying goes, we want what we want when we want it and BlackBerryís browser gives developers every opportunity to provide it.  



 
 
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