BlackBerry devices and applications are selling by the millions. As a BlackBerry developer, you need an advanced skill set to successfully exploit the most compelling features of the platform. This book will help you develop that skill set and teach you how to create the most sophisticated BlackBerry programs possible.
Welcome to the wonderful world of BlackBerry app development! Chapter 1 is intended
to get you up to speed as quickly as possible, so you can get right into the good stuff,
and it assumes no previous knowledge other than a basic grasp of Java. This chapter
will walk you through downloading software, setting up your environment, and then give
you a quick tour through the basics of BlackBerry app development. You may linger,
skim, or skip ahead as your patience demands.
My professional coding career has gone from large to small in a variety of ways. I
started on 3279 terminals at IBM, and with each professional move (from Ericsson to
Travelocity and others) I went to smaller machines and smaller companies. Now I
work on computers you can fit in your pocket and at a company of one: me.
When I first started working in mobile development, I used J2ME on various
phones, including Blackberries. When I got the chance to work on an iPhone, I purchased
my first MacBook and loved it! It wasn’t until sometime later that I realized that
I had gotten in at...