The above video is a recap of where BlackBerry came from. Now RIM needs to look toward where they are going. RIM has been promising lots and lots of new developer tools for the past while now which I assume is in hopes of getting more developers turned on to the BlackBerry platform. In the meantime, developers have been coping with the tools available and most have their tales of frustrations to share -- some, unfortunately, have even been frustrated enough to move on to different platforms. With the BlackBerry Developers Conference just around the bend in November, hopefully RIM will be able to attract some new talent to bring us great applications. In the mean time though RIM has launched new tools to help create web-based applications.
The BlackBerry Web Development Plug-in for Eclipse, will allow developers to create web applications and content more easily and in a familiar Eclipse 3.4 environment. This plug-in opens up more rich internet applications using AJAX, Silverlight, PHP, ASP, Ruby on Rails, JSP, and Python.
The BlackBerry Plug-in for Microsoft Visual Studio version 1.2, allows developers to create web apps and content whithin Visual Studio 2008. This is another tool that is going to bring more developers into the fold, allowing them to make apps running AJAX and ASP.Net.
This is a great start to more applications, hopefully more feature-rich ones. However, web apps? Is that really the way we need to be going at this point? I believe we have heard the term web apps before, can't quite place where... maybe I should ask the folks over at TheiPhoneBlog -- Hmm, I do remember though they did not fair well. So developers, what do you all think -- are these new tools going to help you all create great applications or is it just a stepping stone for RIM to offer you even more tools needed? Let us know in the comments.