This chapter from the book BlackBerry Development Fundamentals covers the capabilities of the BlackBerry application platform and delves into each application development option in detail. Before any BlackBerry application development project begins mobile managers and developers must make some important decisions in determining how the application will be accessed, whether the data will be pushed or pulled from the server and if the app should be purchased from a third party or built in-house. This chapter will set you on the path to determine the correct approach for your BlackBerry app development.
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About the book:
by John M. Wargo
The BlackBerry smartphone is today's #1 mobile platform for the enterprise and also a huge hit with consumers. Until now, it's been difficult for programmers to find everything they need to begin developing new applications for BlackBerry devices. BlackBerry Development Fundamentals is the solution: the first single-source guide to all aspects of development for the BlackBerry platform.
This book thoroughly reviews the BlackBerry's unique capabilities and limitations, helps you optimize your upfront design choices, and covers native rich-client applications and Web-based mobile applications for both business and consumer environments. In addition, it is an excellent study guide for the BlackBerry Certified Application Developer exam (BCX-810).
- The "hows," "whys," and best practices of BlackBerry development
- Planning for and managing the BlackBerry platform's restrictions
- Selecting the correct development platform for your BlackBerry applications
- Describing the different paths any application can take to get to the data it needs
- Explaining the capabilities provided by the BlackBerry Mobile Data System (MDS)
- Pushing application data to both enterprise and consumer BlackBerry devices using MDS, Web Signals, and the BlackBerry Push APIs
- Dealing with both the special capabilities and limitations of the BlackBerry browser
- Building, testing, and debugging BlackBerry browser applications
- Understanding the tools available to Java developers
- Using Research In Motion's Java development tools to build, test, and debug BlackBerry Java applications
- Deploying BlackBerry Java applications