Beginning BlackBerry Development

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Are you a Java programmer looking for a new challenge and money-making opportunity? If so, Beginning BlackBerry Development may just be the book for you. This book will teach you everything you need to know to start developing apps that run on the BlackBerry family of devices and smartphones. With over 50 million BlackBerry devices sold and the launch of the new BlackBerry App World, there has never been a more exciting time to get into BlackBerry application development.

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Overview

Are you a Java programmer looking for a new challenge and money-making opportunity? If so, Beginning BlackBerry Development may just be the book for you. This book will teach you everything you need to know to start developing apps that run on the BlackBerry family of devices and smartphones. With over 50 million BlackBerry devices sold and the launch of the new BlackBerry App World, there has never been a more exciting time to get into BlackBerry application development.

Assuming only some programming background in Java or a similar language, this book starts with the basics, offering step-by-step tutorials that take you through downloading and installing the BlackBerry development environment, creating your first apps, and exploring the BlackBerry APIs.

You’ll learn how to use the BlackBerry user interface components to create the look and feel you want; how to use networking to create applications that can talk to servers anywhere on the internet; how to manage application lifecycle and data storage; and how to use the GPS and mapping functionality included on many devices to create location-aware applications.

You’ll also learn about the different ways you can package and distribute your apps, from deploying apps on your own website to listing your apps for sale on BlackBerry App World.

What you’ll learn

  • Complete BlackBerry native application development
  • How to work with the BlackBerry Java Development Environment (JDE) and the JDE Plug-in for Eclipse
  • How to debug your apps, and deploy onto real devices
  • How to work with networking, GPS and maps, and persistent storage
  • How to work with and customize the BlackBerry UI
  • Ways to distribute your apps, from hosting on your own website to listing on BlackBerry App World

Who this book is for

Software developers who have little or no experience with BlackBerry development and are interested in developing native applications or apps for BlackBerry. Ideally, you’ll have some background in Java or a similar language.

Table of Contents

  1. Setting the Stage
  2. Hello World
  3. What Makes a BlackBerry Application?
  4. User Interface Basics
  5. Beyond the Basics of User Interfaces
  6. Storing Data
  7. Hello Out There! Making a Network-Enabled Application
  8. Where Am I? Using Location-Based Services
  9. Getting Your App Out There: Packaging and Publishing
  10. Next Steps
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781430272250
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 11/4/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthony Rizk has been developing for BlackBerry since the very first models appeared in 2001. He is a cofounder of several mobile software companies, including Rove and Zeebu, and has consulted extensively in the BlackBerry application industry.
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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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