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BlackBerry WebWorks SDK for Tablet OS Updated with Payment Service and More

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RIM has updated the BlackBerry WebWorks SDK for Tablet OS to version 2.1. This latest version allows developers to leverage new APIs to create richer applications using standard web technologies. The WebWorks project is also open source and the code can be found on github.com/blackberry.

In this latest update to the SDK, new features include:

  • Support for the BlackBerry In App Payment API
  • Deeper integration with the Camera API for taking pictures/video from within the WebWorks applications
  • Microphone API which developers can use to activate the capability to record audio with the PlayBook’s microphone
  • Identity API provides applications with the ability to retrieve information about the BlackBerry PlayBook PIN
  • File IO API gives developers the possibility to read, copy and write files onto the Tablet OS file system

Click through to read all about it.
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RIM Posts WebWorks SDK and API Source Code and More on GitHub

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RIM has made some updates to its GitHub open source projects. Both the Individual Contributor Agreement and the Corporate Contributor Agreement to the BlackBerry WebWorks Open Source Software Project have been added, which allows the community to participate in the contribution of both source code and bug fixes to the project. The company has also posted the source code to the BlackBerry WebWorks SDK and APIs for the BlackBerry Tablet OS in the project. Lastly, RIM has updated the list of new APIs that the team is currently developing for the BlackBerry platform. We’ll be keeping an eye on this list to see if there’s anything new and exciting opening up for developers in the near future.

Read more over at RIM’s Developer Blog.

Save the Date: BlackBerry WebWorks for Tablet OS Webcasts

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RIM recently announced the BlackBerry WebWorks for Tablet OS, allowing developers to easily port their web apps over to the PlayBook. To accompany the WebWorks announcement, RIM has announced a four part webcast series that will occur Tuesdays and Thursdays starting February 1, 2011 at 2 PM EST. Learn everything you need to know about WebWorks for Tablet OS, including how to:

  • Install tools
  • Set up development environments
  • Create your first application
  • Test apps on the simulator

Register for the developer webcasts at this link.

Download the WebWorks SDK for the PlayBook at this link.

Developers: Create Compelling UI Features with BlackBerry Widgets

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We recently wrote about examples of Widgets in App World and a support forums post regarding some of the UI features that can be accomplished with Widgets was called to our attention. Using CSS and HTML, it looks like Widgets can be tailored to look a lot like a native BlackBerry app but with less effort than it usually takes using the Java Development Environment. Hit after the jump to see some examples of UI elements made with the Widgets SDK, tested on OS 5.0.0.469.
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Examples of BlackBerry Widgets in App World

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BlackBerry Widgets are a high priority for RIM because it will allow them to attract an entirely new set of developers to the BlackBerry platform. Web developers can use the BlackBerry Widget SDK to package their web apps into files that can be loaded on a BlackBerry and sold in App World. In this sense, a BlackBerry Widget is nothing like a typical widget (a small app placed on a desktop or homescreen). A BlackBerry Widget should actually be called a BlackBerry Web App.

Below are some examples of applications in BlackBerry App World that were created using the BlackBerry Widget SDK. They’re not identified in App World as being Widgets, but RIM is able to identify them internally and we have a short list of some of them for you. What’s interesting about Widgets is that you can tell they’re web apps. Some of them have little bugs that you haven’t seen before in a BlackBerry app (eg a cursor arrow popping up) and seem very “web-like” when it comes to graphics.
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