Issue #5
December 2005

In this edition:

Latest & Greatest
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BlackBerry MDS v4.0 Upgrade Pack for BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 Now Available
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JDE v4.1
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New Additions to the Family: BlackBerry Reveals 5 New Devices
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Count Your Beans – More Ways to Develop for BlackBerry
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ServiceRouting: How to Transfer Data for Free
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New BlackBerry Signing Authority Tool
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Plazmic Content Developer's Kit v4.1 for BlackBerry
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Get a Head Start with BlackBerry Developer Labs
Upcoming Webcasts
BlackBerry Developer Journal
 
 
 

Latest & Greatest

BlackBerry MDS v4.0 Upgrade Pack for BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 Now Available

Research In Motion® (RIM®) is pleased to announce the release of BlackBerry Mobile Data System™ v4.0 Upgrade for BlackBerry Enterprise Server® v4.0. This upgrade pack brings capabilities of BlackBerry Mobile Data System v4.1 to a BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 environment.

Get the download and read more about the Upgrade Pack.

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BlackBerry Java Development Environment (JDE) v4.1

The latest release of the BlackBerry Java™ Development Environment (JDE) v4.1 provides more features than ever before, including enhancements to APIs, the BlackBerry Integrated Design Environment (IDE), simulators, documentation and samples.

Read about more features and get the download.

See the article Count your Beans for instructions on how you can now develop for BlackBerry using Sun NetBeans Mobility Pack.

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New Additions to the Family: BlackBerry Reveals 5 New Devices  

The newest additions to the BlackBerry device family are something to get excited about. Not only are there more device options to choose from than ever before, but these recent releases also boast technology advances and sleek new designs.

Breakdown:

BlackBerry 8700 Series
Comes with the standard BlackBerry functionality such as push email, phone, browser and organizer, but adds fast performance with support for EDGE networks, light sensing screen, built-in speakerphone, Bluetooth®, full QWERTY keyboard, 64 MB of memory and the wow factor - Intel® PXA901 processor at 312 MHz!
Find out more.

 

BlackBerry 7130e
A combination of top-of-the-line features, such as speakerphone, Bluetooth technology, polyphonic ringtones and EvDO technology for fast email, application and browser speeds.Add to that EvDO support which gives the BlackBerry 7130e tethered modem capability, letting the device be used as a wireless modem for your laptop or PC. Also rated for hearing aids - M3.
Find out more.

 

BlackBerry 7100i™
Get push-to-talk, long-range digital walkie-talkie, speakerphone, Bluetooth technology, AND GPS support for location-based services! All in a sleek handset. Find out more.

BlackBerry 7105t
The BlackBerry 7105t has great features including a large, high resolution color LCD screen, Bluetooth technology and speakerphone, combined with the standard BlackBerry functions. It also has a funky textured keypad, optimized for quick and easy data entry. Built-in MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) allows you to combine text, images and audio on a single message.
Find out more.

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Count Your Beans - More ways to Develop for BlackBerry!
With the latest release of the BlackBerry Java Development Environment (JDE), JDE v4.1, developers now have the ability to create Java ME applications for BlackBerry using the NetBeans Mobility Pack. 

Read the step by step article from NetBeans.  

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ServiceRouting: How to transfer data for free!

The BlackBerry JDE v4.1 includes a new API in addition to the suite of existing BlackBerry device APIs, called ServiceRouting. This API provides an application with the ability to route traffic through a USB or Bluetooth connection to the desktop using standard connectivity protocols.

Read the full article to better understand how this API works and to see some sample code.

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Add Protection to your APIs and Data with the New BlackBerry Signing Authority Tool

The newly released BlackBerry Signing Authority Tool helps developers protect the data and intellectual property of their applications by managing access to protected APIs and data through the use of public and private signature keys. The BlackBerry Signing Authority Tool is server-side software that enables administrators to select and manage access to protected APIs and data stores.

The BlackBerry Signing Authority Tool validates the authenticity of a signature request using asymmetric private/public key cryptography and can restrict access to protected APIs and data stores by confining the signing of applications to internal developers.

Learn more and download the BlackBerry Signing Authority Tool.

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NEW! Plazmic Content Developer's Kit v4.1 for BlackBerry

The Plazmic Content Developer's Kit (CDK) provides a suite of tools that allow developers to create rich graphics and colorful media for BlackBerry devices. With the v4.1 release of the Plazmic CDK, it is now possible to customize the look and feel of the BlackBerry user interface.

Learn more about these features and how to get the download.

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Get a Head Start with BlackBerry Developer Labs

It’s like free development training! The Developer site now offers hands-on exercises with the BlackBerry Developer Lab series.  These labs are designed to get you started with the BlackBerry Java Development Environment (JDE) by providing practical how-to exercises. They cover the following topics, with a variety of exercises for each:

  • The Basics of Developing for BlackBerry
  • Developing User Interfaces for BlackBerry
  • Connecting to Email, Calendar and PIM Applications on BlackBerry
  • Working with Multiple Processes and Threads
  • Creating Web Content for the BlackBerry Browser
  • Security for BlackBerry Applications

Go on – try the labs today!  

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Writers Unite! A Call for Writers

You don’t have to be Shakespeare– you just need to be able to write a great article on a BlackBerry Development topic. We are looking for contributors for the Developer Newsletter, sharing their BlackBerry development best practices and success with the greater developer community.

Do you think you’ve got the right article for us? Send us a summary and if we like it, we’ll show you the money! Email us your summary.

*Note – Only those summaries that are selected for inclusion in the newsletter will be contacted. Payout rates for articles will be determined based on article quality, need and industry rates for freelance writing.*

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Ask the Guru

No super powers here … just BlackBerry technical expertise from Guru! Our technical expert is in the know and ready to answer your burning development questions. Consult the Guru. Selected questions and Guru’s replies will be featured in each newsletter, so stay tuned!

Read the Guru's latest responses.

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Tips & Tricks

Need some quick tips? In this issue, we are looking at using new features and functionality in the BlackBerry JDE v4.1:

  • Using JDWP in JDE 4.1 to integrate with Eclipse 
  • Using the new Phone APIs 
  • Launching BlackBerry Applications from your Java Application

Learn more from these tips!


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Upcoming Webcasts

Get the know-how from RIM experts and customers on how to develop wireless applications, as well as discover useful tips and tricks and other development information from the BlackBerry Enterprise Resource Center.

Upcoming technical webcast series on Developing for Web Services includes:

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Developer Journal

Our technical journal is dedicated to software development, networking and all things BlackBerry. The BlackBerry Developer Journal gives you the inside scoop on development techniques from top RIM enterprise developers.

Read past issues on gaming, persistent data, BlackBerry APIs, tutorials on network programming techniques and much more. If you haven't experienced the Developer Journal, past issues can be found on the Developer site.

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