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9. Application Development > 9.1. Hacks 94–100: Introduction

Hacks 94–100: Introduction

Over the last several months, an explosion of new BlackBerry applications has hit the market. If there was ever any doubt about the viability of the BlackBerry as a development platform, it has been reduced to a whimper. There are applications for getting real-time stock quotes [Hack #70] , spellchecking [Hack #65] , even a bartending program.

If you speak a little Java, you can brew up your own application to communicate with web servers [Hack #94] . Best of all, there are no license fees to get started—in fact, you don’t even need to own a BlackBerry device [Hack #93] . RIM provides free access to the BlackBerry JDE, a development kit that includes an IDE, or integrated development environment. The other nice feature of the BlackBerry platform is there are a variety of ways [Hack #97] for your users to install your program, even over the air wherever they happen to be. Use the hacks in this chapter to get started.


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