Continuing on with our run-through of the currently-scheduled WES Breakout Sessions, we’re taking a look at the developer track. “Developing Enterprise Applications” will be a great opportunity for programmers to check out the latest tools, tricks, and strategies for pumping out great products for the BlackBerry.
“BlackBerry Java Development Environment for Newcomers” (WD04, Tuesday, 2:00 PM) is an obvious choice for anyone looking to get started on a BlackBerry project. Any newbies attending the conference are bound to be overwhelmed, and this session should provide a few anchors to budding code monkeys. Followed up with “Creating BlackBerry Applications: A Developer’s Toolkit” (WD01, Wednesday, 9:00 AM), newer developers will have the opportunity take stock of what’s available and get started with their first BlackBerry application. “Demystifying Java: Avoiding the Pitfalls” (WD 14, Thursday, 9:00 AM) would nicely round out a beginner’s foundation for BlackBerry development.
The big boys might want to check out some more advanced sessions… “Lights, Camera, Action: Using Advanced APIs to Develop Multimedia” (WD02, Wednesday, 11:30 AM) is ripe with possibilities, as it will show developers how to best use audiovisual input and output to enrich their products. “Exploring Advanced User Interface APIs” (WD11, Thursday, 11:30 AM) would help those looking to tidy up their app’s layout. “Prepping Your Java Application for the Real World” (WD16, Thursday, 10:15 AM) could give some hints for polishing off your product before deployment, as well as help you decide how exactly to get your program out there onto handhelds. For enterprises looking for a DIY solution, “Hitting the Right Note with a Custom Application” (WD07, Thursday, 10:15 AM) will take a look at DirectTV’s internal application rollout and the lessons they learned from it.
“Birds of a Feather Session: Technical Deep Dive with the BlackBerry Platform Development Team” (WD19, Wednesday, 5:30 PM) deserves special consideration if you have any questions for RIM. It will be a 90-minute Q&A session with a wide range of RIM employees running down topics such as LBS, Bluetooth, memory, connectivity and anything else developers have to bring to the table.
“Developing Applications and Content Services for the New Mobile User” (WD13, Thursday, 9:00 AM) will showcase some of the latest tools to help gear your app to a broadening market. This session goes hand in hand with “The Future of Mobile Applications” (WD15, Tuesday, 11:00 AM), which will run through some emerging trends in wireless. For example, e-mail isn’t the only thing that a BlackBerry can push – if you check out “Using Server Side Push to Save Time and Enhance Your Custom Application” (WD06, Tuesday, 3:15 PM), you can find out how to get your application’s data shunted out from servers to handhelds. Chalk is a good example of what can be done when you puch the envelope of BlackBerry push. Folks don’t generally think much of the BlackBerry browser, but maybe “Getting the Most from Applications that Use the BlackBerry Browser” (WD08, Wednesday, 4:15 PM) could provide a glimmer of hope for the otherwise shunned app.
A lot of bases are going to get covered, and that Birds of a Feather sessions sounds especially interesting. I can only trust some ornery developers out there will have a few points to make. For those who will be riding this track, what’s catching your eye? Check the next page for full listing of the 17 breakout sessions.