RIM Announces BlackBerry Plug-in for Microsoft Visual Studio

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Another announcement RIM has made out of Orlando today was a new plug-in for Microsoft Visual studio that will help software developers write up programs for BlackBerrys. They’ll be previewing the plug-in at WES, and throwing it up as a free download later in the year. Big points behind the jump.

Key benefits of the BlackBerry Plug-in for Microsoft Visual Studio include:
1. Familiar Development Experience – The plug-in integrates within thefamiliar Visual Studio development environment, and allows developers to visually design, implement and debug applications for BlackBerry smartphones.
2. Leverages Developer Skill Sets – Customers and system integrators can leverage their developer skill sets in order to reduce costs and accelerate the development of applications for the BlackBerry platform.
3. Seamless Wireless Connectivity – Leverages the inherent security, manageability and efficient wireless connectivity of the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution.
4. Platform Interoperability – Allows enterprises to create rich client applications for BlackBerry smartphones that interoperate with .NET-based systems via Web Services.
5. Rich Client Application Functionality – Provides the ability to create rich client applications with a flexible user interface, offline data storage, asynchronous push, and secure data access.
6. Enterprise-Class Security and Manageability – Applications developed will leverage the same security architecture of BlackBerry Enterprise Server. IT departments will benefit from simplified management and centralized control of their wireless deployments with reduced administrative overhead and a lower total cost of ownership.

  • http://beyondthebleedingedge.blogspot.com/ Andrew

    This is huge!! and most welcomed, as long as it doesn’t add too much overhead to the application, as the BB isn’t exactly overhorsepowered.

  • http://beyondthebleedingedge.blogspot.com/ Andrew

    This is huge!! and most welcomed, as long as it doesn’t add too much overhead to the application, as the BB isn’t exactly overhorsepowered.

  • http://beyondthebleedingedge.blogspot.com Andrew

    This is huge!! and most welcomed, as long as it doesn’t add too much overhead to the application, as the BB isn’t exactly overhorsepowered.

  • http://dertompson.com/ tOMPSON

    Hm, I would like to see a better support for developing Java based applications for BlackBerry with Eclipse.

    As I said at http://dertompson.com/index.php/2006/11/22/developing-blackberry-applications-with-eclipse/ RIM is a bit behind with that. The JDE is a bad development environment.

  • http://dertompson.com tOMPSON

    Hm, I would like to see a better support for developing Java based applications for BlackBerry with Eclipse.

    As I said at http://dertompson.com/index.php/2006/11/22/developing-blackberry-applications-with-eclipse/ RIM is a bit behind with that. The JDE is a bad development environment.

  • Jason

    I would presume this works with the MDS Studio, and does not create Java applications for the BlackBerry…

    @tOMPSON, I have heard RIM is working on a nice Eclipse plugin to do everything that the RIM JDE does today (integrated debugging, profiling, coverage, etc)

  • Jason

    I would presume this works with the MDS Studio, and does not create Java applications for the BlackBerry…

    @tOMPSON, I have heard RIM is working on a nice Eclipse plugin to do everything that the RIM JDE does today (integrated debugging, profiling, coverage, etc)

  • http://dertompson.com/ tOMPSON

    @Jason: that sounds great … are there any web pages talking about that? do you have links?

  • http://dertompson.com tOMPSON

    @Jason: that sounds great … are there any web pages talking about that? do you have links?

  • http://logicmail.sf.net/ Derek

    I sure hope they do create an Eclipse plugin. However, I find it even more irritating that the EclipseME project (people you’d expect to do this) seem to completely ignore the BlackBerry platform outright. They seem to act as if it doesn’t even exist, aside from maybe one years-old feature request on their Sourceforge page.

    So, right now I just use NetBeans. At least getting it to work for BB development is pretty straightforward, and in the future it will work out of the box.

  • http://logicmail.sf.net/ Derek

    I sure hope they do create an Eclipse plugin. However, I find it even more irritating that the EclipseME project (people you’d expect to do this) seem to completely ignore the BlackBerry platform outright. They seem to act as if it doesn’t even exist, aside from maybe one years-old feature request on their Sourceforge page.

    So, right now I just use NetBeans. At least getting it to work for BB development is pretty straightforward, and in the future it will work out of the box.