BlackBerry Sync Server SDK

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Developer newsletterThe recent BlackBerry Developer newsletter from RIM just reminded us about their Sync Server software development kit, which helps developers integrate synchronization between handhelds and databases. If you’re interested in a download, you can pick up the SDK over here, but in order to test your applications, you’ll need the BlackBerry MDS Simulator and the BlackBerry device simulator too.

The BlackBerry® Sync Server SDK (SyncSDK) enables developers to create applications that wirelessly synchronize information in enterprise backend databases with data on the device.

The SyncSDK is composed of:

* Installer for server-side synchronization connector
* Sample server custom connector
* Sample device synchronization code
* Documentation

You can use the SyncSDK to develop a custom database connector for wireless synchronization.

A wireless synchronization system requires the following items:

* A server application that connects with the connector
* A connector DLL specific to the server application
* A Java® application for the BlackBerry® device that uses the wireless synchronization classes and methods
* A database engine; if necessary, the package installs MSDE

To test new applications that you create with the SyncSDK, you require both the BlackBerry MDS™ Simulator and the BlackBerry device simulator.
Technical Requirements

* Microsoft® Windows® 2000 SP 4 or Microsoft Windows XP SP 2
* Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2005 or Microsoft® Visual C++® 2005 Express Edition (download from www.msdn.microsoft.com)
* Intel® Pentium® III processor or compatible (800 MHz or higher)
* 512 MB RAM
* 500 MB available hard disk space
* Java® SDK Version 1.5 (download from www.sun.com)
* BlackBerry Enterprise Server Version 4.1.2 or later (Only required if you intend to use the ConnectorInstall utility to install a connector application
* BlackBerry Device Simulator package Version 4.2 or later, or the BlackBerry® Java® Development Environment Version 4.2
* BlackBerry Email and MDS Services Simulator Package Version 4.1.2.17 or later

  • David

    Can I create a windows service with this SDK that can get/send email and calender items from any source and update Blackberry email and calender items. (do I still need the BlackBerry Enterprise Server?)

    Gr, David

  • David

    Can I create a windows service with this SDK that can get/send email and calender items from any source and update Blackberry email and calender items. (do I still need the BlackBerry Enterprise Server?)

    Gr, David