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bbUI.js WebWorks Framework Version 0.9.3 Released


RIM’s web team just released an update to their slick bbUI.js user interface framework. This new update brings loads of improvements for BlackBerry 10 including feedback from the BlackBerry 10 Jam World Tour. The goal of this release according to RIM’s Tim Neil is “to further close the gap between what is being offering in the Cascades UI framework and what’s available in bbUI.js.”


The change log is pretty impressive and quite a few bugs were squashed in the making of v0.9.3. Tim thankfully highlighted the following notable improvements:

  • Action Bar
    • Now has tab overflow menus
    • UX updates to match latest Cascades experience
    • Full control of which items to show on the action bar vs. the overflow menus
    • Ability to “pin” an action to the bottom of action overflow and context menus
  • Image List
    • Supports multiple new styles such as allowing secondary action buttons for items
    • Additional JavaScript® interfaces for list manipulation
    • Adjusted alignment to support “title only” list items
  • Buttons
    • Now allow for text only | image only | text + image
    • Additional JavaScript interfaces for button manipulation
  • BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet controls with BlackBerry 10 styling have been re-sized to better fit the device resolution
  • File Input controls now have BlackBerry 10 styling to appear as a button which launches the browse dialog
  • Added toggle button styling for BlackBerry 10 with some funky animation
  • New activity indicator styling for BlackBerry 10
  • Additional JavaScript interfaces for Title Bar manipulation
  • Added checkbox styling and JavaScript interface for BlackBerry 10
  • New scroll panel for master/detail type of views on BlackBerry PlayBook tablet
  • New sliding screen transitions for BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry PlayBook tablet styling
  • Font adjustments now look better when emulating in Ripple

Tim also detailed the changes you may need to make it your code to accommodate the update. They also set the milestone for v0.9.4 which “contains additional BlackBerry 10 controls but also includes more JavaScript interfaces for dynamic screen creation and manipulation.” Check out the details at the BlackBerry DevBlog.


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