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Ever Wanted to Develop Your Own Apps? Try TreeHouse

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At the BlackBerry Developer Conference this year we got a more in-depth look at BBX – the future of the BlackBerry platform. During the conference, we learned that HTML5 will be one of the programming languages that RIM will focus on and support. Web development gives you the benefit of deploying on multiple platforms and while it may not be the best route for gaming (better to use native development kit), it will certainly be a good language to start with as your first foray into BlackBerry development going forward. So do you want to learn web dev? Try TreeHouse.
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BatBerry Project Still Going Strong – Makes First Public Appearance

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The BatBerry Project was started by Tim Neil, a Development Manager at RIM. Tim is on the group at RIM responsible for the delivery of the WebWorks platform and Ripple Emulator and the plan is to have the car’s auxiliary systems powered and controlled by a BlackBerry WebWorks application running on both the BlackBerry PlayBook and a BlackBerry smartphone.
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Reality Check: BlackBerrys Are Workhorses And iPhones Are Show Ponies

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Media agencies and bloggers on all sides of the tech world have been absolutely vicious when it comes to covering RIM these days. The coverage blames RIM for missing this, failing at that, and for not being Apple for reasons x,y, and z. Is this fair? Is it really that bad? After having attended DevCon and seeing the latest and greatest on the development side of BlackBerry, my impression of RIM remains positive and progressive.
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5 Things We Would Have Loved to See at DevCon 2011

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DevCon has wrapped up from last week and we’re just catching up now. The show was definitely interesting from a developer point of view, but one can’t help but compare it to the last DevCon when the PlayBook was announced. The problem is that there is inconsistency, and when you use a conference to launch a consumer product, it sets the tone for the next. Here are some things we would have loved to see this year, if it was more of a consumer-centric show.
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How To Port Your Android Apps to the PlayBook

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If you’re an Android developer, the PlayBook and BBX is an incredible opportunity to get more downloads/purchases. Estimates put the PlayBook sales around 700,000+ and it’s arguably a better platform to develop for as its user base is known to be more affluent and spend more on apps. There are a couple ways you can port your app to PlayBook and we highly recommend you do it asap.
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Mike Lazaridis Keynote: The Introduction of BBX and the Future of BlackBerry

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Lazaridis took the stage to kick off DevCon with a keynote that started off talking about the growth of the platform. He talked about the increase in subscriber base, BBM users and the benefits of being a developer for the BlackBerry platform. Some of the numbers include 70 million subscribers, 25 million downloads of BBM apps (foursquare had 200,000 downloads in one day) and something like 80 million BBM users. The biggest announcement so far is the introduction of BBX, the combination of QNX and BlackBerry.
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