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Programming Intuitively with the BlackBerry Browser

One of the reasons BlackBerry devices have become so popular is that they are very intuitive to use. As a developer, you will need to make sure the applications you build for BlackBerries fit this model. But how do you build an intuitive app? Keep reading.

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  1. Programming Intuitively with the BlackBerry Browser
  2. Common Pitfalls with Intuitive Apps
By: Joe eitel
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July 21, 2009

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BlackBerry devices have obviously become the dependable, go-to device for corporate networks, such as IT, as well as financial and government networks. There are a number of different reasons that make this particular smartphone so appealing to developers. One of these reasons is how connected BlackBerry devices allow people to remain. Content can basically be delivered to a device straight out of the box with very little effort. Java-based operating systems also allow developers to create apps that deliver data in real time, and all while engaging a user with the smartphone’s intuitive interface and full keyboard.

We’re going to discuss intuitive programming with the BlackBerry Browser, as well as questions that often come up when it comes to intuitive programming. As a developer, you may struggle with trying to figure out exactly how intuitive you should make an app or other software. On the other hand though, if a user can’t figure out how to use an app, the blame usually falls on the developer. It seems as if the expectation is that developers mustalways create intuitive software, but is that unrealistic?

The BlackBerry Browser

Surely, you’ve come to realize that the BlackBerry browser easily allows intuitive programming. Developers can create a web-based application that users can access super-quick and very easily through existing BlackBerry software. One of the better aspects of BlackBerry’s browser is the fact that it is the ideal place to start if you’re new to BlackBerry development, but it also has huge potential for those who are very familiar with the platform.

If you’re interested in programming intuitively, then developing for the BlackBerry browser has many advantages that you can’t afford to pass up. The biggest advantage, of course, is that it utilizes familiar web technologies, which puts people at ease. Who wouldn’t want to use technologies that were well-established, widespread, and familiar?

Another perk is the browser’s simple deployment, meaning there is no need to deploy client applications, because all of the information is held server-side. If you’re interested in intuitive programming, the most obvious BlackBerry browser perk is the intuitive applications already in existence. Most BlackBerry users are already tech-savvy, which means most users are also familiar with browser-based applications.

All of this, of course, is just to say that users will be able to use your applications with minimal support or training. This is very important, because many companies today are implementing browser-based applications, mostly because these apps can communicate over the Internet, and they don't have to be installed on every client’s device that will use it. In addition, the infrastructure and skill set is already in place to support browser-based applications.



 
 
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