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BlackBerry Tablet OS Native Developer Kit (NDK) Webinar

Native SDK

RIM talked a bit about the upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook OS Native Developer Kit at BlackBerry World but they have a follow up webinar this week. On Thursday May 12th RIM will be giving everybody who missed out on BlackBerry World a chance to hear about the upcoming development environment and talk to the product manager about it. If native development is something you are considering or you have assets or apps you would like to port then make sure not to miss it!

Date: Thursday, May 12, 2011
Time: 2:00 PM EST / 11:00 AM PST
Duration: 1 hour

Summary: Join this webcast for two reasons! All registrants will receive news and updates on the BlackBerry Tablet OS NDK. And, we want to provide an opportunity for those that cannot attend BlackBerry World (May 3-5, 2011) to interact directly with our product manager who will cover the following topics:

  • features and benefits
  • application development
  • performance and testing
  • live Q&A with experts from Research In Motion Limited

Presenters: Patrick Mollins, Product Manager, Research In Motion Limited

Register for the Webinar at this link

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  1. Thanks for the heads-up and the link, Ronen!

  2. Let me know how it goes!

  3. I will. I am actually going into it with high hopes, but let’s wait until after the webinar for the final verdict!

  4. So, as the webinar is winding down, let me chime in my 2 cents.

    First off, the NDK won’t be fully available until the fall. RIM will release it during DevCon 2011 and they are planning a beta sometime in the summer, but in terms of apps available through App World it will have to wait until after DevCon.

    Also, the NDK is meant for C/C++ development. Great if you are porting a game or a Unix/Linux application. Not so good if you want to build Java apps.

    Disappointingly (and shockingly, actually), RIM does not intend to provide a UI toolkit out-of-the-box anytime soon. So if you want to build a native application it seems like you need to roll up your sleeves, get down and dirty with C/C++ and build your own with OpenGL or raw API calls which sounds ridiculous. Yeah, if you are ambitious and have time on your hands you can go ahead and port Qt in your spare time but you are essentially on your own.

    My biggest let-down is that Java development seems to be becoming an after-thought for RIM. They did announce the BlackBerry java player but its out-of-the-box availability remains unclear. And it requires a separate download.

    Bottom line, my verdict is that the Playbook is NOT ready for app development.

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