Aimed at easier development of feature-rich applications on BlackBerry smartphones
Research In Motion (RIM) has updated Java and web-based development tools for the BlackBerry platform, to make easier for developers to create feature-rich applications.
RIM said that new tools will allow developers to easily build web-based BlackBerry widgets or Java applications to share information with BlackBerry apps or other third party applications. The applications can integrate with a BlackBerry smartphone’s inbox, calendar, address book and other applications.
According to RIM, the new BlackBerry Java Plug-In for Eclipse v1.1 enables Java developers to leverage an open source development environment Eclipse 3.5 to create, debug, profile and simulate their applications using a selection of BlackBerry smartphone simulators, actual devices and multiple versions of the BlackBerry OS.
The BlackBerry Widget SDK v1.0 and the BlackBerry Java SDK v5.0, which includes more than 20,000 APIs, provide access to BlackBerry smartphone hardware features, native BlackBerry software apps and other unique system capabilities of the BlackBerry application platform.
Alan Brenner, senior vice president of BlackBerry platform at Research In Motion, said: “We believe these enhanced tools will spur a new level of creativity and innovation as developers find new ways to leverage the unique power and integrated nature of the BlackBerry platform in order to bring useful, intelligent applications to the millions of BlackBerry smartphone users around the world.”