Advanced BlackBerry 6 Development, 2nd Edition

BlackBerry devices and applications are selling by the millions. As a BlackBerry developer, you need an advanced skill set to successfully exploit the most compelling features of the platform. This book will help you develop that skill set and teach you how to create the most sophisticated BlackBerry programs possible.

With Advanced BlackBerry 6 Development, you’ll get a comprehensive look at the new features included with SDK 6, including the new web and widgets SDK, the new web browser, and more. You’ll also learn how to take advantage of new BlackBerry media capabilities such as the camera and video playback. The book also shows you how to send and receive text and multimedia messages, use powerful cryptography libraries, and connect with the user’s personal and business contacts and calendar.

Not only will you be learning how to use these APIs, but you’ll also be building a program that takes full advantage of them: a wireless media-sharing app. Each chapter’s lessons will be applied by enhancing the app from a prototype to a fully polished program. Along the way, you’ll learn how to differentiate your product from other downloads by fully integrating with the new BlackBerry 6 operating system. Your app will run in the browser and within device menus, just like software that comes with the phone. You will even learn BlackBerry’s new Web browser features, Web standards-based App SDK, and more.

Once you are comfortable with writing apps, this book will show you how to take them to the next level. You’ll learn how to move from running on one phone to running on all phones, and from one country to all countries. You’ll additionally learn how to support your users with updates. No other resource compares for mastering the techniques needed for expert development on this mobile platform.

What you’ll learn

  • How to write sophisticated BlackBerry applications
  • All about integrating with the device so your program behaves like a native app
  • When to leverage advanced JSRs for cryptography, media capture, messaging, and more
  • How to tie into the device contact list, calendar, and tasks
  • Understanding the RIM security model and complex security processes
  • How to quickly and easily port to many device types
  • How to work with multiple devices across multiple countries
  • How to work with the new Web and Widgets SDK and potentially new Web browser (possible future webOS) and more.

Who this book is for
The ideal reader will approach this book after completing Beginning BlackBerry 6 Development, but intermediate-level programmers may start directly with this book. Readers are expected to have some previous experience with programming for mobile phones, optimally the BlackBerry, but they need not be experts. Readers will include both hobbyists and professional developers; they may be motivated by curiosity, a desire to solve a particular problem, or the enhancement their skill sets and careers.

Table of Contents

  1. Getting Started
  2. Media Capture
  3. Media Playback
  4. Wireless Messaging
  5. Cryptography
  6. Personal Information
  7. Browser with Web Apps
  8. Integrating with the BlackBerry OS
  9. RIM Security
  10. Porting Your App
  11. Advanced Build Techniques
  12. Push Services
  13. BlackBerry 6 UI
  14. Cross-Platform Libraries
  15. Codec Support

Book Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2nd Edition (February, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430232102
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430232100
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