BlackBerry WebWorks SDK for Smartphone v2.2 now available

BlackBerry WebWorks SDK
By Bla1ze on 21 Oct 2011 09:36 pm EDT
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During BlackBerry DevCon we heard a lot about the new tools being offered to BlackBerry developers for building applications. One of those tools was the BlackBerry WebWorks SDK and its great HTML5 capabilities. Now that DevCon is over -- RIM has released the latest BlackBerry WebWorks SDK for Smatphones bumping it up to v2.2 for release with the open source packages also available via Github.

What’s new in this release?

  • Mac OSX Support – Need we say more? This very exciting and highly demanded feature is now available. A Mac version of the WebWorks SDK installer is available for developers to use and build WebWorks applications using OSX.
  • Payment API – the same API that was recently made available for the BlackBerry® WebWorks™ SDK for PlayBook OS can now be used to sell digital goods through WebWorks applications running on BlackBerry Smartphones. This feature gives developers an incredible monetization opportunity for increasing the revenue of their applications. Read more about our payment service.
  • BB7 net_rim_api.jar – The underlying API library used by the BlackBerry WebWorks SDK has been updated to the BlackBerry® 7 developer APIs. This means that WebWorks developers can now create their own JavaScript Extensions and make use of APIs found in BlackBerry Device Software versions 5.0, BlackBerry 6 and BlackBerry 7.
  • BBM APIs – Developers can now find the BlackBerry WebWorks APIs needed to integrate their applications with the BBM Social platform automatically included as part of the BlackBerry WebWorks SDK. Read more about the BBM Social Platform SDK.
  • Side by side installs – The installer has been modified to produce a standalone install of the WebWorks SDK for Smartphone. This feature gives developers the ability to build different versions of their applications based on different versions of the BlackBerry WebWorks SDK, which is often a requirement for supporting production code.
  • Memory leak fixes – many performance and stability improvements have been made to the BlackBerry WebWorks SDK to fix memory problems encountered with WebWorks applications running on BlackBerry 6 and 7 OS smartphones.

If you head on over to the new developer resources pages you'll find both the BlackBerry WebWorks SDK for Smartphone and Tablet OS available in the v2.2 variety. Also, you can grab Ripple right from that page as well so that you can test out your apps before publishing them to BlackBerry App World.

Download the BlackBerry WebWorks SDK for Smartphone v2.2

Reader comments

BlackBerry WebWorks SDK for Smartphone v2.2 now available

9 Comments

Yeah, let's list MAC first causw letter M comes before BB in whatever launguage, post a rebuttle , I want to hear this explaination!

Are u seriously complaining about the order of points in that list????? are y 3yo???

A lot of developers use Mac's and has been widely requested, obviously they are not sorted alphabetically but in order of importance, maybe not for you but at least for the guy who wrote the list...

This is cool. BB has the most secure phones but is behind in apps. This should help developers and thereby help us.

I have a Q for developers because I'm not one. What did u think about the TAT tools?

It would be useful to know, when buying an app, what system was used by the developer to create it.

Some systems must be better than others...maybe this info could be used to evaluate an app before buying it? Or am I wrong about this?

RIM, at least has cleared the air and put the platform stick in the ground. Some may not like this direction (Java anyone ?) but in the very least, RIM App Devs now know what to code for the next several years.

HTML5 is certainly not a bad move, given its global reach in web page design. However, I am concerned with the lack of backward compatibility issues BBX will create and interested to see if RIM addresses this.