Learn to Develop Apps for BlackBerry 10

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Learn to Develop Apps for BlackBerry 10

BlackBerry 10 Book
Media speculation about BlackBerry has been hit or miss, but one thing for sure is that the BlackBerry 1o platform is still around! I have been using a BlackBerry device since 2007. The keyboard and email functionally were the things that drew me to the early java based operating system. Since the iPhone introduced in June 29, 2007, BlackBerry has seen it’s vast marketshare shrink drastically. One of the reasons is because of the lack of applications aka apps. When Apple introduced apps into the smartphone arena, people began to leave their BlackBerry’s behind and replace them with the iPhone.
The BlackBerry 10 OS released in January 2013. Click here for more info about the platform!
Have you ever wanted to develop an application? Well, I have the solution for you. All you need is a computer/laptop and a desire to learn. No prior programming knowledge is needed!! On April 1, 2013 (no joke), Anwar Ludin (with BlackBerry’s blessings) published a very detailed book that will help one to develop apps for the BlackBerry platform. The eBook version is FREE!! However, the printed version is $39.99! Since the BlackBerry 10 OS is fairly new and only a year old, this is an opportunity for someone like myself and others who have thought about app development, but didn’t know where to look for answers! Click here to get the book.
Why am I sharing this info? It is simple! BlackBerry users love to spend money on quality apps. Even if you are an iPhone and/or Android developer, this book will show you how to port your existing app into the BlackBerry 10 ecosystem! Exciting huh?!?!? Since iPhone and Android app stores are crowded with several of the same apps, the BlackBerry 1o platform is perfect for a developer who wants to get noticed! The BlackBerry community is very active and faithful so you can expect to see you $$$$ increase. So what are you waiting for??? Learn with me!!!
Here is a full description of what you can expect from the book.
Note: Description is taken from Apress.
Learn how to leverage the BlackBerry 10 Cascades framework to create rich native applications. Learn BlackBerry 10 App Development gives you a solid foundation for creating BlackBerry 10 apps efficiently. Along the way, you will learn how to use QML and JavaScript for designing your app’s UI, and C++/Qt for the application logic. No prior knowledge of C++ is assumed and the book covers the fundamental aspects of the language for writing BlackBerry 10 apps. Also a particular emphasis is put on how to create a visually enticing user experience with the Cascades framework, which is based on Qt and QML.
Starting with the native SDK configuration and an overview of the Momentics IDE, the book is fast-paced and you will rapidly learn many of the best practices and techniques required for developing beautiful BlackBerry 10 apps.
Learn BlackBerry 10 App Development is written for developers wishing to learn how to write apps for the new BlackBerry 10 OS and those interested in porting existing iOS and Android apps to BlackBerry 10 as native applications.

What you’ll learn

• How to design and create native BB10 applications using the declarative expressiveness of QML
• How to master the Cascades framework and the core BB10 UI components
• How to use C++ and Qt efficiently with Cascades
• How to utilize the BlackBerry Momentics IDE to launch and debug your applications
• How to apply the fundamental aspects and best practices of BB10 application design
• How to use HTTP networking in order to leverage remote services
• How to integrate your application with BlackBerry 10 core apps such as the Contacts and Calendar apps
• How to send email and short text messages from your app
• How to use your device’s camera and sensors such as the accelerometer and gyroscope

Who this book is for

BlackBerry developers wishing to write native BB10 applications, game developers. iOS and Android developers wishing to port their apps to BB 10.
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John Spears, Jr., Editor-in-Chief

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