How to Install the Blackberry Simulator and Visual Studio Plug-In
It seems as if the smartphone revolution is upon us. Gone are the days where cell phones were simply used to make calls. Now, they can plan your life, allow you to stay in touch with loved ones, ensure that you’re always connected to all things work-related (which may or may not be a good thing), and give us directions to the nearest Thai restaurant, among other tasks. The leader of the smartphone pack can officially be declared the BlackBerry, which is well known for its addictive quality.
It was recently reported that the BlackBerry Curve is outselling the iPhone, which is an incredibly difficult task when you consider the number of Apple fanatics in existence and the wild popularity the iPhone has experienced since its release in June of 2007.
The BlackBerry obviously comes equipped with an endless array of cool apps and awesome features, but it’s also important to understand how the phone is capable of providing you with those features and how those features can be used to serve your business needs. Here we will learn how BlackBerry developers can install the BlackBerry simulator and Visual Studio plug-in, but before we do that we’ve got to run through a quick lesson on what an integrated development environment (IDE) is and how is applies to the installation of the Visual Studio plug-in. Let’s get started...
Simply put, IDE’s, otherwise known as integrated development environments or integrated debugging environments, are a software suite of developments tools that provide comprehensive facilities to computer programmers for software development. An IDE normally consists of a source code editor, compiler and/or interpreter, build automation tools, and a debugger. So, why is an IDE so important to the BlackBerry? Well, a BlackBerry Java IDE exists (JDE), which can be used to develop applications for the BlackBerry smartphone.
The BlackBerry Java Development Environment (BlackBerry JDE) is a fully integrated development environment and simulation tool for building Java Platform, Micro Edition applications for Java based BlackBerry smartphones. It is a Mobile Information Device Profile (MIDP) compliant Java ME environment for developers who wish to maintain seamless portability in their wireless applications. Some of the awesome features that the BlackBerry’s JDE allows for include the BlackBerry Storm simulator, touch screen support, orientation and rotation support, which means your apps can react to the changes in rotation of the smartphone based on your movement, the virtual keyboard, themed wallpaper, and camera and media integration enhancements, among other things. As you can see, the BlackBerry JDE allows programmers to create programs that benefit the users smartphone experience.