RIM Releases New Developer Tools
It looks like RIM decided to not wait until the start of WES to release their latest developer tools. There are 4 key items in the new tools:
- Java Plugin 1.1 for Eclipse - The BlackBerry Java Plugin 1.1 for Eclipse supports Eclipse 3.5 and is a marked improvement over the previous 1.0 plugin. The new plugin has been redesigned to fit more naturally into the Eclipse platform's working model and paradigm so the new plugin will be inline with what Eclipse user's expect from Eclipse plugins.
- Java Development Environment 5.0 - The classic development tool for BlackBerry applications has finally been released with official support for OS 5.0. We recently discussed the seemingly endless beta process this tool was going through and now it has finally been released to the public. This new 5.0 version includes new APIs for:
- OpenGL ES 3D graphics
- Audio and video multimedia support
- New user interface components like spin boxes and screen transitions
- Storing application data in a SQLite database
- Location based service APIs for geocoding, reverse geocoding, and cell tower based geolocation.
- A hot swap simulator - This means developers no longer have to stop and restart the device simulator each time they want to test some new code in an application they are working on. The updated application is deployed to the device and it replaces the existing previous version of the application on the simulator. This is definitely going to make my life a lot easier and save me some time! When this was teased at DevCon 2009 the crowd exploded with cheers and clapping when this was demonstrated during the General Session/Keynote Address.
- Widget and web development tools are combined together - Both the widget and web development tools have been combined into a single convenient plugin.
The release of these tools is great news for developers who have been waiting for some of them for a long time. I'm already downloading all the new tools as I'm writing this news post. So much for my plans for today, I'll definitely be playing with these fantastic new tools instead.
Looking forward to seeing what you guys can do with these tools!
every time I try an download these on my 64 bit Win 7 machine I have problems?
I get to the final download page and request the download to start (both in Firefox and IE) and nothing happens.
If I do it on my 32 bit Win 7 laptop or my XP laptop they work?
Strange, but I really want them on my 64 bit machine to have the power available for use.
My account is valid so thats not an issue?
I know IE identifies itself as 64 bit in the user agent. Have you checked your Firefox user agent? You can do so at Whats My User Agent?
Originally Posted by Madasafish
Very cool; we'll be looking to doing some new development with these tools in the near future =)
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