I continued digging through the BlackBerry Jam developer catalog for later this month and struck gold. I found that BlackBerry has a session dedicated to what they have been calling “headless apps” until now but now call their “Background Services Framework.” In a nutshell this framework will allow developers to run applications and processes in the background without having to be one of your 8 available Active Frames. Some apps like WhatsApp are already doing this framework will allow apps like RSS readers to update your cache every so often or allow notification apps like BeBuzz to work without you starting them.
The session description below almost makes it seem like the “Brand New Background Services Framework” will be available at BlackBerry Jam. My guess is that if it is then it will be a developer beta. Here is the session:
JAM47 – Background Services – Event Driven Processing for your Application
- Russell Andrade – Product Manager, Native SDK, BlackBerry
- Shadid Haque – Sr. Application Development Consultant, BlackBerry
The session will discuss the brand new Background Services framework which allows developers to bundle a separate process with their application to run in the background without a UI. Learn the basics of how this framework works, learn some guidelines about when to use it and when not to, and learn about the experiences of existing app partners that successfully deployed a background service and lessons learned from their projects.
Let us know if you attend the session!