I noticed during DevCon that RIM had revamped their BlackBerry Developers welcome homepage along with a few of the Microsites. Tim @ RIM’s DevBlog shared a bit of background on the updates and how this facelift is intended to help devs find the tools they want. He also shared that they have “been working with the design groups from TAT to create a streamlined design to get you the information you’re looking for FAST!” They also seem to be focusing more on the Native & WebWorks frameworks since those are the future of BlackBerry.
The other interesting thing worth mentioning is that Tim promised that “a BlackBerry Theme Studio website is on the way as well, so stay tuned…” That should hopefully mean that we will be seeing an official Theme Studio v7 soon. Its nice to see RIM reworking their developer messaging into something that was more than just renaming it to BlackBerry Jam. They are focusing on helping devs find how they can make money, what platform to choose, and how to find help and other devs. According to RIM they built the sites to:
- Bring all of the documentation, samples, tutorials, downloads and API references into one convenient, integrated location
- Ensure that the information is presented and organized in a way that makes sense for the community who is using the technology
- Keep it simple! We’ve been working with the design groups from TAT to create a streamlined design to get you the information you’re looking for FAST!
Now if only they can get a team to rework the setup of the developer tools and services to be more streamlined like a one stop wizard that shows you what tools you need, gets you code signing keys, helps you set it all up, and gets your App World vendor account setup. I dream that one day that will take less than 30 minutes!
Check out the new redesign at us.blackberry.com/developers/