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New development software dragonRAD looking for beta testers - Head's up for established and aspiring devs!

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By Michael Hepples on 19 Aug 2010 01:03 pm EDT
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Here's some exciting news for both established and aspiring developers alike. Seregon is planning on introducing a new tool to the development community, which they are calling dragonRAD, that aims to take application development and make it much more accessible. Those who have programmed for the BlackBerry platform before know how frustrating it can be to develop for, which seems to be one of the main reasons given for the lack of people developing for our beloved platform. dragonRAD is a stand-alone PC software that will give the ability to create enterprise applications from the ground up, with minimal coding experience required, depending on what the goal is. The drag and drop interface means that as long as you have a solid plan for the layout of the app, and the intended function, you can create an app without having to code a single thing. A scripting language has been included as well, for those with the know-how that want to write their own complex business logic. Users also have the ability to pull information from any database or web service, and integrate their application fully with the native functions of the BlackBerry OS, such as the camera, barcode reader, GPS, etc. The software also assists with easy OTA deployment to devices you authorize, and can synch in real time with mobile devices to keep the information current on the handhelds. 

The fact that applications can be built this rapidly, without advanced coding knowledge could be a huge step forward for the BlackBerry platform, opening it up to the creativity of many more users that previously haven't been interested in learning. The software also aids in cross platform development, allowing developers to create their applications for multiple platforms rapidly. I'll be following this one very closely to see what happens with it, and I've already signed myself up for the beta. If you're as interested as I am, hit up the website below and enter your email address to get your name in for a spot. Space is limited, and they have already seen a huge demand, so be patient.

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New development software dragonRAD looking for beta testers - Head's up for established and aspiring devs!

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i hope this means more apps with better user interface. seriously, why are all the apps so ugly? why can't they all look like the tumblr app or foursquare? some nice modern UI will make a whole world of difference.

Because UI for BlackBerry have to be written instead of drawn. This is one of the most time consuming part of my development.

This sounds cool..I signed up.
I've always wanted to try to start making Blackberry apps. I'm just not experienced in Java at all. So maybe this will help..

We're really excited about what dragonRAD can do for the BlackBerry community and we wanted to thank everyone for their enthusiasm!

We are currently expanding our program to try and include as many people as we can - hang tight and we'll do our best to get everyone in.

Thank you all for your support. We appreciate it so much!

The dragonRAD Team

Looking forward to this, I believe RIM and BB too ;p ,. They need this WINGs...Surprisingly this people actually took the time to write Back my reply,.
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Really looking forward to this. I spent the $20 on a RIM dev key and used it once to make a shortcut. Their convoluted API was a bit much. This dragonRAD should get me back into coding. Thanks!

Gozirra,

Our developers and R&D team here have spent tens of thousands of hours trying to build the fastest, most flexible, intuitive, powerful, cross-platform mobile application platform available today. We really hope you enjoy it!

The dragonRAD Team

Really looking forward to this. I spent the $20 on a RIM dev key and used it once to make a shortcut. Their convoluted API was a bit much. This dragonRAD should get me back into coding. Thanks!

Hmm, this just might get me into BB app design. Can't wait to give it a whirl and see what this app can do.

I aggree with BBDev, the current means of coding the UI in the eclipse IDE leaves much to be desired. Even a simple interface takes time.