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The Latest Downloads: Web Loader, Component Pack and BlackBerry simulators

There are a bevy of new tools on the block for download - all for free from the Developer website. Discover new ways to deploy applications to BlackBerry devices, try out new simulators and get useful tools to help you develop for BlackBerry using external IDEs.

  • BlackBerry Application Web Loader
  • BlackBerry Simulators
  • BlackBerry Java Development Environment Component Package v4.1.0

Find out more and get the downloads >>


Make your thumbs happy! New games from the winners of the Blackberry Developer Gaming Challenge

In the fall we issued a challenge to developers: create a new game specifically for BlackBerry devices.

From the great entries received, our panel of experts selected three winners, based on criteria including originality, quality of graphics and ease of play.

Grand Prize Winner:

Next by Mobigloo
A sophisticated puzzle game, Next combines a simple interface with 64 challenging levels of puzzles. And it can be played entirely using the BlackBerry trackwheel. Instructions are built right in and it works on all BlackBerry devices.

Only $9.95, now save 15% until April 30, 2006: enter promotion code 2B35795 at checkout.


Second Place:

The Deviled EggBowl by Virtual Views
A clever twist on bowling, The Deviled EggBowl features fun graphics and an easy to play setup that can be picked up at any time for a few frames of bowling. Regularly only $9.95, Save 15% off until April 30 with promo code "2B35795".


Third Place:

Bubbletris by Lightplay Studios
Similar to Tetris, Bubbletris is a puzzle style game that requires you to match rising objects of the same color in order to clear the board. It features rich graphics of an undersea world and allows users to play using the keyboard or track wheel. Regularly only $9.95, Save 15% off until April 30th with promo code "2B35795".

Learn more about these winners >>


Bring Efficiency to the BlackBerry Tool Box

Our tool box. Your tools. Enter any or all of your Productivity Tools for BlackBerry and you could win one of three great prizes. From calorie counters to shopping lists to location-based weather reports, your application could take the efficiency title and prize!

Grand prize valued at $15,000 US. Contest runs from April until June. Visit developers/contests for more details!

BlackBerry Mobile Data System™ v4.1 Service Pack Now Available!

This is a maintenance release with minor enhancements and bug fixes to BlackBerry MDS Services, BlackBerry MDS Runtime™ and BlackBerry MDS Studio™. More information can be found in the release notes.


MDS Studio Developer Labs

Start using MDS Studio effectively with help from MDS Studio labs. These labs provide hands-on exercises to get you started with MDS Studio. Choose from the approach that suits you best or complete them.

>>Start Labs.

Note: Before beginning these labs, you will need to download and install BlackBerry MDS Studio.

See our Developer Tools in action with Autodemos

Learn more about BlackBerry Developer tools with our set of Flash™ autodemo tools. These autodemos demonstrate each of the developer tools using realistic data as examples.

  • BlackBerry JDE
  • BlackBerry MDS Studio
  • Plazmic
  • BlackBerry Browser

Learn more about each demo and view them in action!


PIM Update - Action Required!

Later this year Research In Motion will be releasing the v4.2 API set and with this release comes the removal of the old PIM package (net.rim.blackberry.api.pim). This PIM package was released in the 3.6 version of the API and then deprecated in the 4.0 release due to the inclusion of JSR-75 PDAP (javax.microedition.pim).

Read more about this update >>

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Ask The Guru

Spring has sprung and so have a crop of new questions for our resident expert Guru. Got a development question on your mind? 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

Get quick info and shortcuts - in this issue, learn How To do a lot, especially when it comes to:

  • How to – Use Javaloader to take a screen shot
  • How to – Remove the default "Close" or "Hide" MenuItems from a Screen

Learn more from these tips! >>


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Events and Webcasts


JavaOne 2006
May 15-17
Moscone Center,
San Francisco, CA

The Wireless Enterprise Symposium 2006
May 16-18
Orlando, FL

Details have been finalized for one of the most comprehensive developer tracks ever offered at the Wireless Enterprise Symposium 2006. WES will include tracks and sessions dedicated to wireless application development for BlackBerry and shaping wireless strategies in the enterprise.

Make sure you don't miss the latest developer-focused sessions, such as:

  • BlackBerry MDS Studio - Overview and Advanced sessions
  • Developing Server-side Push Applications
  • Java Development for Bluetooth, GPS and Peripherals
  • Mobilizing Applications - for Microsoft NET, IBM® Lotus® Domino® or Custom Databases

  • Securing Custom Applications

View the latest agenda and session descriptions.


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Developers 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.

Check out the latest edition for exciting in-depth articles on:

Catch up on past issues.



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