Want to learn Cascades? Check out 'Learn BlackBerry 10 App Development'

By Adam Zeis on 30 May 2014 02:04 pm EDT

If you ever wanted to learn Cascades but weren't sure where to start, help is on the way. Hot off the press is a new title from Apress called Learn BlackBerry 10 App Development: A Cascades-Driven Approach. The book is action-packed with everything you need to know about getting started with app development on BlackBerry 10, primarily Cascades. You can learn all about QML and JavaScript, and not prior coding knowledge is necessary. The book is written specifically for developers looking to get started in BlackBerry 10 app development, or those looking to port existing apps from Android or iOS.

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

The print edition retails for $39.99 if you're into that sort of thing, or you can download the e-book version free — and free is awesome.

Contest: We're also giving away one copy of the print version of Learn BlackBerry 10 App Development to one lucky reader, so just leave a signle comment on this post if you're interested and we'll pick a winner at random next week.

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Want to learn Cascades? Check out 'Learn BlackBerry 10 App Development'



Awesomeness, got it via download. Can't believe this is free.

Let's see if the people take free things for granted is true and we don't see everyone's ideas taking place.

Was waiting for something like this ;)

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I was going to download, but that is way to much information to have to provide just to download. Can you forward the pdf once you have it?

Tapped and flicked from my BlackBerry Z30!

I've got so many great ideas! It would be great to be given the tools to turn them into reality :)

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I wonder which excuse WestJet will come up with now that a guidebook for native BlackBerry OS 10 has been delivered to them via their FaceBook page?

Posted via CB10 on BlackBerry Q5

Please cb send it to wj

Posted via CB10 on my awesome black Q10 or my white sexy Z10

Awesome! As someone who's been trying to learn developing, but who has run into a bunch of issues, this is a must have :D

Would love hard copy. Already on chapter 4 but I'm old school generation hate reading off of a tablet/computer screen.

Posted via Z10 @ CrackBerry App

This is what I've been looking for. I've wanted to create a BB10 app to use at my job, but didn't know where to start.

I remember doing basic programming in college (C+, MatLab), but I've forgotten all of it.

Posted via CB10

I am seriously interested in developing for BlackBerry 10 and this book would be of great help! I will get the e-book on my Playbook in the meantime :)

Have been curious about this. Didn't know there was a book!!! Can't wait to get it and develop some apps :)

Posted via CB10

This is great. I started on webworks when the PlayBook came out, but wasn't super into it. Cascades on the other hand is something I would like to carve out some time for, as I love how fast and fun it is to use on my Z10.

- Disco Trooper CB10Z10

For only $39.99 (plus shipping and handling I suspect) your urgent needs can be filled right away and you don't even have to try and win a contest! :)


Weird the article only links to Apress. You can get the ebook free on Amazon, Springer, Barnes & Noble, Safari Books Online, Google Play Books, Books 24×7, and Apple’s iTunes Bookstore too.

Posted via tin can telephone

If the book helps you develop a useful application you should consider buying the printed version afterwards to support the author.

Posted via CB10 on BlackBerry Q5

Hi Drew,
Thanks for the link to download the latest BB 10 development ebook. I would like to extend my advance appreciation to you if you can help me and those out there who are excited to learn more about the new Cascades UI through video tutorials. I know you tube is a great source but anything else would also help.


I'm just starting to learn the ropes when it comes to BB10 development. This book sounds great!

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Awesome deal. Thanks for posting!

Now, if only BB10 supported themes. I have a UI design I'd love to create for BlackBerry... :D

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Fantastic! Looking forward to getting this into the hands of some creative BlackBerry fans and maybe seeing a great app or two come from it!

So you're the lone programmer at BlackBerry these days. I'd have thought the company would have provided access to any internal documentation supporting application development for BlackBerry OS 10. ( /humour)

Posted via CB10 on BlackBerry Q5

There may not be much of a market for it (but we can all hope that BlackBerry turns things around so that that's not true anymore) but I think I might give this a crack.

Posted via CB10

Nope, just feeling a little punchy on Friday. His comment reminded me of the battery charging app monitor I had on my Z10 where I enjoyed hearing Yoda's voice" Charging, started has" I only ever hear it now when I plug in my phone while running an Android App. (it auto-launches for some weird reason) Now that I'm using my awesome Z30 I sadly rarely hear it.

I knew nothing about coding.. will the book still be helpful to me? I have a few app ideas on which I would want to make apps..

Posted via CB10 on my Z30

I m curious to see what it takes to get started on BlackBerry 10 app development

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I am also interested. I prefer printed books over e ones, but free is a price you can't argue with!

Posted via CB10

This would be so cool for my son. He's been reading and taking books out from the library on c++. Maybe he can start developing In Cascades for BB10!

Posted via CB10 on my BlackBerry Z30-5

I am hoping that Android dev's will like it so much that they will prefer it over whatever the Android dev's are currently using. We need more good app developers!

Anyone who is a dev care to comment on this vs. the 'other'?

Okay, this just might be the kick in the pants I need to start developing apps! Bring it on!

Posted via CB10

A good book not only for beginners, but for all devs. Nice and easy structure.

There is always something new you can discover.

I recommend!

Posted via CB10

Now this is exactly what I have been looking for, have downloaded Cascades and was wondering where to start.

Posted via CB10

I'm commenting to say that it's awesome.. don't include me in the draw for a winner.. give it to someone who would really appreciate it

Posted via CB10 from my Z10STL100-1/

I've attempted to familiarize myself with BlackBerry 10 app development recently, and this would be the perfect thing to enhance my learning there!

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Free literature on developing for BB10? Sign me up! My office could really use that, as we're about to start developing applications for multiple mobile platforms, including BB10.

downloaded and reading an ebook now, would love to get a printed version

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Me me me. For my friend.

Posted by my Z10. Technology given to me by the Gods, or should I say the "Ancient Aliens"!

I've always wanted to learn Cascades. I've had several ideas for apps over the last few years, but have never quite been able to learn the work behind making them real.

Time to switch from HTML5 to Cascades!

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BlackBerry 10 rocks and is the easiest platform for program. The guide sounds like a winner.

Posted via CB10

Maybe I should learn something new in an effort to stave off dementia... plus I may need something to do during my retirement years.

Posted via CB10

I'll make worthy apps with this book! Had BlackBerry for 6 years now. I know a thing or two able what kind of apps we need

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I've thought about making an app for a game I've been playing. There exists an app for iOS and Android, but BB10 is left in the dark. Perhaps this is the push I need to get started. :]

I would love to bring my simple and innovative applications to BlackBerry 10 - It would be awesome if the Crackberry Team signed it...BlackBerry 10 here I come!

Nice to see something like this in somewhat plain text and step-by-step.

For the person on the move - BB10- + Pebble

One signle comment to obtain a book on Development in Cascades. This is it then. Give it to me so I can start making 504 banking apps.

Imagine someone writing an app/game, which helped people learn how to code native apps for BlackBerry 10.

Great sounding book.

Posted via CB10

Would love to get this but not sure if it would be a waste of money since I have no coding/app experience......

Posted via CB10

That would be awesome to win the book. I'd like to see our kids learn mobile coding as part of school. It's a part of their lives and is a great exercise for the brain. It would expand their thinking outside the box.

I downloaded an electronic version of it and started studying a while ago. I am hoping I can get a print edition of it.

Posted via CB10

To say I'm very interested would be an understatement. Already downloaded the ebook but the print edition would get me started that much quicker. Thanks CrackBerry!

Me! Me! I'm trying, any help is always welcome!

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Is it only me but the ebook in pdf and epub shows priced at zero dollars...

I recommend anyone who wants to learn cascades this book and see if can Download the copy for free.

Posted via CB10

Awesome, I've went though the online SDK tuturiols a little bit but having something in a print fashion would be nifty!