Welcome developers to another development series here on Binary Wasteland. This time around we are going to be focusing on developing for the BlackBerry PlayBook and the new BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha. The reason we are going to be using and developing for two devices today is because the OS (for now) is currently the same with some slight modifications made to the Dev Alpha device for BlackBerry 10 purposes. In this tutorial series we are going to be focusing on using the WebWorks SDK to develop HTML based applications.
The first thing that we are going to need to do is get the development software necessary to be successful in our development endeavors. To do this we are first going to need to download the BlackBerry 10 WebWorks SDK. To do this, RIM has set up a site for WebWorks SDK for BlackBerry 10 which we can see below.
Once the SDK is downloaded we can go about finding the downloaded file and installing it which is very straight forward with only the install path as the changeable option. After this is complete we want to download a simulator for those who will not be using an actual device. The simulator we are going to get is called “Ripple” and can be found on BlackBerry’s website again.
Once Ripple is downloaded we can proceed with the installer and install to the default location which depending on whether you have a x32 or x64 bit computer will be:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Research In Motion\Ripple 0.9.4.1
C:\Program Files\Research In Motion\Ripple 0.9.4.1
After Ripple is installed you will notice there is no executable to be run but instead we need to navigate to the install folder above and drag the file entitled “ripple_ui.crx” on top of Chrome Browser and it will ask to install the Ripple extension for Chrome. The icon for Ripple can be found in the extensions section and when pressed will convert the current website into what the site would look like on different devices browsers. You can then switch between the devices available which include the BlackBerry PlayBook and the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha.
After this is done all we need now is an editor to develop HTML, CSS and XML in. We are fans of Microsoft which most of our readers have gathered by now. This means that we are going to use Microsoft’s Expression Web 4 to develop our applications in. For those of you looking for alternatives to Expression 4 there is always Eclipse, Notepad, Notepad++ or Visual Studio 2005/2008/2010. Once you have chosen something to develop in then your development tool set for BlackBerry PlayBook and Dev Alpha is complete.
This concludes the start to what promises to be an intriguing development 101 series. After you run through this article you should be able to successfully download all of the tools required to get you developing for Blackberry 10 and the PlayBook. We hope that you found this information useful and we look forward to teaching you some more about BlackBerry development in the articles to come. We always appreciate feedback and we love helping those who encounter problems so give us a shout in the comments below. Until the next article in the series, Happy Hacking!