Research In Motion (RIM) announced today new and enhanced tools for developing web applications for BlackBerry smartphones. The tools include a new Web Development Plug-in for Eclipse and the BlackBerry Plug-in for Microsoft Visual Studio version 1.2. These tools are part of a complete portfolio of BlackBerry developer tools for web and Java development and a set of APIs that enable developers to create a variety of mobile applications that connect BlackBerry smartphone users to the information of the web. The BlackBerry application platform also incorporates significant advantages, including real-time push technology, security and efficient data compression and network bandwidth utilization, allowing developers to deliver optimized applications on the platform.
The BlackBerry Web Development Plug-in for Eclipse - available today at www.blackberry.com/developers/webeclipse, is a new plug-in that allows developers to create web applications and content for BlackBerry smartphones within the Eclipse 3.4 environment. Using this plug-in, developers can debug and profile Internet/intranet web pages displaying HTML and CSS content in addition to more rich internet applications using AJAX, Silverlight, PHP, ASP, Ruby on Rails, JSP, and Python.
BlackBerry Plug-in for Microsoft Visual Studio version 1.2 available today at www.blackberry.com/developers/webvisualstudio and provides an all-in-one tool for developers to create web applications and content for BlackBerry smartphones within the Visual Studio 2008 environment. Using this plug-in, developers can create Internet/intranet web pages or more complex, rich Internet applications using AJAX and ASP.Net.
RIM supports the BlackBerry developer community through a variety of means including:
- BlackBerry Developer Zone
- BlackBerry Alliance Program
- Developer community forums
- BlackBerry Developer Newsletter
- A developer track at the annual conferences in Orlando and in Silicon Valley
- BlackBerry Solutions Catalog
- BlackBerry App World
For more information, visit BlackBerry Developer Zone at www.blackberry.com/developer.