Tag: product development

RIM explains available BlackBerry Network Transports


BlackBerry Network Transports

RIM developer support guru extraordinaire Mike Kirkup is at it again, this time explain the difference between all the network transports available for BlackBerry developers. This is a great resource for developers new to the BlackBerry space that have idea of the difference between a BIS-B or MDS transport. Here’s a list of the transports Mr. Kirkup explains:

* BlackBerry MDS or BES
* BIS-B – BlackBerry Internet Service
* Direct TCP
* WAP (2.0, 1.0, 1.1)
* WiFi

You can click on the image above or hit the link below to watch this informative video. Thanks, RIM!

BlackBerry Network Transports Explained


RIM releases Networking Diagnostic Tool


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While stumbling around RIM’s Knowledge Center earlier today (yes, I do that from time to time), I noticed that RIM has released a networking diagnostic tool that should be of some use to all the new BlackBerry developers out there post-BBDC. Separate from the on-device hardware diagnostic tool we told you about last month, the networking diagnostic tool provides value in two different ways:

    1) The NDT can be used by 3rd party developers as a support tool for their customers with networking issues, to provide information on which transports are and are not working on the device. This functionality better enables developers to diagnose and troubleshoot connectivity issues without having to use their application.

    2) The NDT provides an open source and best practices implementation of connectivity on the BlackBerry. Developers can use this implementation as an example on how they would connect using the variety of mechanisms available on the BlackBerry device.

If you’re interested in learning more about RIM’s networking diagnostic tool, or downloading its source code, hit the link below.

BlackBerry Networking Diagnostic Tool


RIM Talks BlackBerry Storm Development


One of the true pleasures of being at the BlackBerry Developer Conference was the opportunity to finally meet RIM’s Developer Support Guru, Mike Kirkup. Mike is a great guy and one of the heroes that helped to make the BlackBerry Cool 15 possible. He’s also the man behind the Open Mike section of the BlackBerry Developer Newsletter, which has a special focus this month on BlackBerry Storm development. In addition to the BlackBerry Storm simulator video, the BlackBerry Developer Newsletter has Mike talking about ‘Compatibility Mode’ and Storm events at the BBDC, and links to a number of useful support documents about Storm development. Check them out below:

Open Mike with Mike Kirkup
BlackBerry Java Development Environment (BlackBerry JDE) v4.7 including BlackBerry Storm Simulator
BlackBerry Storm Simulator
BlackBerry Storm Gestures Document
BlackBerry Storm Shortcut Bar Document
BlackBerry Storm Development Guide

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RIM product manager talks mobile marketing, branding and product development


BusinessCast Podcast

The fine gentlemen over at the BusinessCast Podcast have scored an interview with one Michael Younder, a Senior Product Marketer at RIM. As part of a series on mobile marketing for entrepreneurs, the podcast focuses on the product development and branding issues that make mobile marketing “more than those ’short codes’ you punch in your phone to vote for your favourite Canadian Idol.”

We haven’t checked out the podcast yet, but we will as soon as the fresh pot of coffee sitting beside us chases away a heavy case of the Mondays.

Listen to the BusinessCast Podcast