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WebWorks and the BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet and How it All Fits Together

So with all the announcements today you may be wondering why RIM is making such a hard push for BlackBerry WebWorks and not focusing too much on Java development beyond SDK’s and tools. The reason is all about QNX and the upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet. The new tablet will allow for development in both HTML5 WebWorks programing and Flash (Adobe Air and Flash).
You can see this on the RIM BlackBerry PlayBook development page:

  • Web Applications with HTML5 — Developers will be able to create compelling applications using HTML5, CSS and JavaScript®, which leverage the WebKit rendering engine.
  • Web Applications with Flash — Leveraging Adobe’s tools, developers will be able to create visually rich applications using Flash 10.1.

The reason RIM is pushing the WebWorks platform is because that is the future since the PlayBook and QNX operating system will only support HTML5 and Flash. There will be no Java apps as far as we can tell. That means that RIM is giving developers a chance to migrate their apps to a platform that will work on the PlayBook. The reason they are doing this is because when QNX is finally ready for BlackBerry phones it will already have WebWorks ready applications.
Make more sense now? What do you think?
You can register for early access to the PlayBook SDK when it comes out and read more about how Flash development will work on the Playbook at these links:

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  1. Are you sure there is no Java VM? I’m sure there is a new Java VM… but I do agree with the rest of your arguments. WebWorks makes the BlackBerry software more portable to support future platforms.

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