So you have a web service and it has an API and you’ve already written
an iPhone app and an Android app, but you realize that some users are
still using those phones from Canada with push email. Follow along as a
Perl developer shows you how to learn enough of the blackberry platform
start offering an on-device experience to your BlackBerry users.
We’ll start off by working through how to get enough of a development
environment set up. We’ll look at what you can use on a Mac or Linux
and what you really need to boot up Windows to do, and the pitfalls this
Then we’ll work through what Java features you can actually use (sorry
folks, no generics here) and some of the fun pitfalls that await you the
first time you try to start an app on the device. We’ll also look at
the level of difficulty involved in a simple http request and what to do
once you finally have access to your API and user data.
We’ll end with a quick look at things you need to consider when
developing for users who are used to a trackball and keyboard rather
than the full touch experience.
Kevin Falcone is a developer at Best Practical Solutions, LLC, producer
of open source tools including RT: Request Tracker. At Best Practical,
Kevin works on a number of projects including RT, Hiveminder, and the
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