Mike Kirkup, Director of Developer Relations at RIM, has officially announced the launch of the BlackBerry Developer’s Blog.
The site will cover three main areas:
- Technical Discussion and Insights – Including best practices for BlackBerry development, code snippets, and general technical information on how to make applications users will come back to time and again.
- Market Insight – Discussions of trends and opportunities in mobile development and mobile applications that RIM sees from breathing the mobile industry every single day.
- Developer Engagement – We have substantial plans to get more engaged with our regional and local developer communities all around the world, from Australia to Argentina and everywhere in-between. We will be using the BlackBerry Developer’s Blog to communicate events in your region and opportunities to meet other BlackBerry developers.
There are already some great posts up on the blog. My favorite is a post about Location Based Services. This is a fascinating and growing field in not only BlackBerry, but the mobile industry. Mike posted some excellent examples of how the technology can be utilized in BlackBerry applications such as:
- An RSS reader could provide local stories relevant to your current location rather than requiring a postal/zip code.
- A media player could stream music that incorporates local artists, encouraging people to support artists in their own backyard.
- A travel application could help you find flights automatically knowing which airport you are stuck in.
- A CRM application could provide you with a seamless experience in moving between your clients on your calendar for that day using turn by turn navigation and the locations stored in the CRM database.
Also, congratulations to Doug Soltys, former Editor in Chief of BlackBerryCool.com for his first post on Inside BlackBerry announcing the Dev Blog. Looking good!