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EclipseCon is the premier technical and user conference focusing on the power of the Eclipse platform - from implementers to users, and everyone in between. We're proud to announce that we are gold sponsors of this year's EclipseCon, and are offering an entire Developer Day dedicated to BlackBerry® application development.
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Register for WES 2008 and Save!!

The excitement is building! Register for the biggest BlackBerry event of the year before February 29th and save $400 on the regular conference rate. Register Now

Developer Labs New at WES 2008!

The hands-on labs at WES will now offer developers the opportunity to get hands-on experience developing BlackBerry applications with the BlackBerry® Java® Development Environment Plug-in for Eclipse or with the BlackBerry Plug-in for Microsoft® Visual Studio®. Learn at your own pace with these self-directed exercises. Extended Lab Hours! Register for your lab pass for $199 and receive lab access starting Monday to Thursday. Find out more about the Developer Hands-on Labs. Developer Sessions

Tailor your experience at WES 2008 to your specific area of expertise. Some of this year's sessions for developers include:
  • Creating BlackBerry Applications: A Developers Toolkit
    Learn about developing wireless applications in this general overview session. Hear about the rapid application development and deployment tools of the BlackBerry® MDS Studio. Get an introduction to the BlackBerry® JDE and Java APIs. Get more familiar with using the BlackBerry® Browser and third party developer tools for mobilizing applications.
  • Demystifying Java: Avoiding the Pitfalls
    This is an opportunity to understand the common pitfalls encountered by both novice and experienced developers to ensure that your applications are leveraging the best features and functionality of the BlackBerry® development platform. Topics range from how to select the correct BlackBerry® JDE to best handling application prompts.
The session catalog is now available online to help you plan for WES 2008. Find out more about developer sessions here.

Don't miss this once-a-year opportunity to be part of the biggest BlackBerry event of the year at WES 2008, May 13-15, Orlando, Florida. Learn more at

How To: Invoking the Media Application
How To: Print Debug Statements to the local file system
How To: User Authentication in the BlackBerry Plug-in for Microsoft Visual Studio


If you have questions, we have answers. Write to the BlackBerry Guru with your requests.

Q: I have developed an application that extends UIApplication but which I want to run in the background. Is it possible for this same app to display some UI component to the screen even while it is set to auto-run on startup?

A: You can create an alternate entry point for your application. Please see the following knowledge base article: How To: Set up an alternate entry point for my application

Q: I'm developing application for BlackBerry with JDE 4.3.0 and I'm working on the BlackBerry® PearlTM 8100 smartphone. When trying to debug the application on an actual BlackBerry Pearl smartphone there is an error "File not found: net_rim_app_manager.debug"

A: This means that the debug files for your BlackBerry handheld software are not available to the BlackBerry JDE. They are installed with the BlackBerry simulators, so if you install a BlackBerry simulator that matches your handheld software version (ie: you should no longer receive that message and debug functions should become available to you.


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