BlackBerry Smartphone was once the domain of jet-setting business users with power suits. Now you can hardly go anywhere without seeing someone using a BlackBerry to check their messages or make a call. It’s this kind of explosive growth that makes the BlackBerry ecosystem a great place to develop and market applications through the BlackBerry App World store-this book shows you how to do just that!
This step-by-step guide gives you a hands-on experience of developing innovative Java applications for your BlackBerry. With the help of this book, you will learn to build your own applications to illustrate the platform, and the various capabilities that developers can use in their programs. It explores the powers of Blackberry and helps you develop professional and impressive Java applications.
The book teaches how to write rich, interactive, and smart BlackBerry applications in Java. It expects the readers to know Java but not Java Mobile or the BlackBerry APIs. We will learn to build rich, interactive, and smart Java applications for the BlackBerry. The book will cover UI programming, data storage, programming network, and internet API apps. As we move on, we will learn more about the BlackBerry’s device features, such as messaging, GPS, multimedia, contacts and calendar, and so on. This book also helps you build your own applications to illustrate the platform, and the various capabilities that developers can use in their programs.
This step-by-step guide to building rich, interactive, and smart Java applications helps you get the most out of BlackBerry smartphones.
What you will learn from this book
Learn about the two approaches to develop BlackBerry applications
Understand how the SDK version relates to target devices and learn about the BlackBerry Developer Zone
Install the Java SDK, which is the foundation using the development environment
Install Eclipse with the BlackBerry Component Package and configure it with other Component Package versions
Import the existing HelloWorldDemo supplied with the software and compile and debug the application
Study PIM, create new PIM Items, and assign values to their fields
Set up a Screen with fields and create and use menus
Learn the usage of the Field styles and classes to the fullest
Study about a Layout Manager and create custom Dialogs on the fly to collect discrete pieces of information
Get to know the pros and cons for each record-based approach and pick the one that best meets your needs
Create new Personal Information Management (PIM) items and assign values to their fields
Understand the basics of HTTP and the correct usage of GET or POST
Learn the working of Global Position System and the three methods by which a BlackBerry handheld can get location information
Written with a fast-paced but friendly and engaging approach, this Packt Beginner’s Guide is designed to be placed alongside the computer as your guide and mentor. Step-by-step tutorials are boosted by explanations of the reasoning behind what you are doing. You will quickly pick up the necessary skills, tips, and tricks for building BlackBerry applications with Java with practical.
Who this book is written for
If you are a Java programmer who wants to build BlackBerry applications with Java, this book is for you.