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  • Posted March 16, 2010

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    Great book for any BlackBerry developers

    BlackBerry phones have been on the market for more than 10 years, but there was NO books on BlackBerry development until now. Simply mind-boggling!
    Anyway, Beginning BlackBerry Development has been a pleasant surprise. It's written in a concise and easy to read style. The author introduces the basics for BlackBerry development, as well as the main frameworks/APIs that you will need. It also contains lots of code samples and screen shots.
    Chapter 1: general introduction and development environment setup.
    Chapter 2: get you started on BlackBerry JDE and Eclipse IDE
    Chapter 3: talks about the lifecycle of a BlackBerry application, as well as fundamentals on Application, Events, Threads, and others
    Chapter 4: introduction to basic UIs and events handling
    Chapter 5: this is my favorite chapter. it talks about how to create custom UI components, something you will need in any BlackBerry applications.
    Chapter 6: multiple ways of storing data on BlackBerry phones
    Chapter 7: this chapter deals with networking and connections. very important for any apps that needs network access to web services and cloud services.
    Chapter 8: another important chapter on GPS and maps. LBS apps are HOT these days :)
    Chapter 9: App submission process, very helpful.
    Chapter 10: Resources and such.

    Overall, this is an essential BlackBerry development book for any new BlackBerry developers and seasoned developers alike. It shows you the door to BB dev in a compact 250-page book.
    I also noticed an Advanced BlackBerry development book by Apress, seems like this is the sequel to this book. Will definitely check it out as well. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in BB dev.
    Kudos to Anthony Rizk who wrote the 1st BB dev book after all these years;)

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