Taking Applications Wireless with BlackBerry and Eclipse

Cassidy Gentle (Research In Motion), Ken Wallis (Research In Motion), John Edward (Research In Motion)

Mobile And Embedded · Gold Sponsor Talk

Tuesday, 16:30, 50 minutes | Ballroom E | Download in iCal Format

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Cassidy Gentle

Ken Wallis

John Edward

BlackBerry development tools for Eclipse enable developers to create wireless applications that leverage the inherent security, network efficiency, reliability and push capabilities of the BlackBerry platform and take advantage of unique BlackBerry Smartphone features. This session provides an introduction to developing BlackBerry applications using the BlackBerry Java Development Environment (JDE) and BlackBerry MDS Studio plug-ins for Eclipse.

BlackBerry Smartphones are Java-based, providing both Java ME and BlackBerry APIs. This talk will include a brief description of these APIs, along with an overview of the JDT extensions that provide functionality for building, debugging, and profiling BlackBerry applications.

BlackBerry MDS Studio provides tooling to create forms-based applications for BlackBerry Smartphones, with simplified wireless connectivity to backend systems such as web services and databases. Eclipse was chosen to provide the framework for this tool, partially due to its strong modeling package (EMF). This talk provides an introduction to MDS Studio and covers some of the efforts involved in building a model-driven rapid application development tool, including the use of EMFT and integration with GEF-based editors.

Cassidy Gentle manages the BlackBerry Java Development Platform team at Research In Motion, responsible for the development of tools and APIs for the BlackBerry platform. Cassidy has also worked as a Wireless Applications Architect at RIM, providing application consulting to RIM's enterprise customers. He began his career at RIM as a Java Developer in the JDE and Browser teams. Cassidy holds a Masters of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo.

Ken Wallis leads the Java Development Platform Tools team at Research In Motion responsible for the BlackBerry JDE Plug-in for Eclipse and the BlackBerry MDS Studio rapid application development tool. Built on the Eclipse platform, these tools leverage many Eclipse technologies such as EMF, GEF, DTP. Prior to this Ken was a developer on the BlackBerry MDS Runtime Environment team, and the Plazmic Content Developer's Kit rich media authoring tools.

John Edward is a product manager at Research In Motion (RIM) for the BlackBerry development platform, including BlackBerry developer tools for Eclipse. Previously with RIM John provided wireless application consulting to RIM's large enterprise customers. John holds a Bachelor of Engineering Science, Software Engineering degree from the University of Western Ontario.

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