Beta BlackBerry MDS Studio and MS Visual Studio plug-in released

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Developers on the bleeding edge will want to check out some new beta tools released by RIM recently: version 2.0 of the BlackBerry MDS Studio and plug-in for Microsoft Visual Studio. Both feature enhanced JavaScript debugging and enhanced GPS functionality, while the new BlackBerry MDS Studio is bundled with the Eclipse plug-in first peeped back at EclipseCon and has some enhanced script editing functions. The Microsoft Visual Studio plug-in has a bunch of new application-invocation APIs that should be handy for devs looking to plug into both native and third-party programs.

(Community Support Forums via BerryReview)

New Features in BlackBerry MDS Studio

* An Eclipse plug-in: The BlackBerry MDS Studio 2.0 is now delivered as a standard plug-in to Eclipse™ and offers official support for Eclipse 3.3.2.x
o Download Eclipse 3.3.2.x

* New collaborative development features

* Enhanced script editing:
o Support for script libraries (multiple script functions in a single file)
o Hyperlinking
o Full-outline with functions and fields
o Code-assist
o BlackBerry® Mobile Data System type support

Fully integrated JavaScript® debugging, including:
o Breakpoints
o Watch windows
o Evaluation window
o Locals window
o Call stack
* GPS enhancements: Applications can notify you via JavaScript when your location changes

New Features in Plug-in for Microsoft Visual Studio


* Compatibility with Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2008

* Integrated source control support: Check in and out of Microsoft Visual Source Safe 2005

* Fully integrated JavaScript® debugging
o Breakpoints
o Watch windows
o Evaluation window
o Locals window
o Call stack

* DataGridView control: A table-like control, allowing frozen rows, horizontal scrolling, grid view, alternate styles and more

* GPS enhancements: JavaScript notifications will be sent when the location changes

* Enhanced integration with other BlackBerry applications with the application invoke API:
o Invoke native BlackBerry® applications from BlackBerry® MDS Runtime applications
o Invoke BlackBerry MDS Runtime applications from native BlackBerry applications
o Invoke BlackBerry MDS Runtime applications from other BlackBerry MDS Runtime applications
o Invoke custom BlackBerry applications from BlackBerry MDS Runtime applications
o Invoke BlackBerry MDS Runtime applications from custom BlackBerry applications

* NET developers creating web applications with ASP.NET mobile controls will be able to target the BlackBerry® Browser much more easily

* Use BlackBerry Browser when debugging applications

* Standalone publishing tool: Applications can be published outside the Microsoft Visual Studio environment