The year 2009 was the year of great revolution in the Blackberry Applications world. RIM or Research In Motion introduced Blackberry with a number of functionalities which are updated on a regular basis. Open GL, the 5.0 API library and widgets are just some of these amazing features. Even during the year 2010, Blackberry apps developers geared up to provide more exciting applications. This has been changing year after year with each year bringing in more ease in life and more organization with innovative apps.
For an aspiring Blackberry apps developer, the following are what you will need to get started.
- The first thing you will need is the JDK or Java Development Kit. It may be downloaded from http://java.sun.com/javase/downloads/index.jsp.
- Many RIM tutorials use the Eclipse SDK. From the official site you can select Eclipse IDE for Java Developers and the version you will need.
- After all this you will need a BlackBerry Plug-in for Eclipse and JDEs for any operating system for which you want to develop the application.
If you do not want to use Eclipse then you can go for Blackberry JDE, which is a standalone tool that provides you with the no-thrills basics. Firstly, you should install the JDK, then Eclipse then move on to BlackBerry tools. It is usually very easy to install.
You can also go through the RIM tutorials to get started with application development. This will help you in writing and compiling a basic application in a very short time. However, to develop sophisticated yet attractive applications a Blackberry apps developer needs to have thorough knowledge of the Java programming language . There is no two ways around this. You can learn Java from various books and eBooks which available across bookstores or on the Internet. Best of luck!