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 causes.
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 Jifty framework.
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