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Developer Platforms To Develop Mobile Applications For In 2010

By Adriana Noton

Every day, new mobile applications are pumped out by armies of developers, and an exciting race is on between platforms to develop applications for in 2010. The old guard is led by Nokia against interlopers like Apple and Google, with the vast middle occupied by the BlackBerry app.

Let’s start by listing all the major mobile application development platforms. The main ones are, of course, the RIM Blackberry, Google Android, Apple iPhone, Nokia Symbian and Windows Mobile. Industry insiders will also know of Qualcomm BREW and Sun J2ME.

BlackBerry application development sits at the top of this pyramid with a North American market share of 55%, over 20 million App World subscribers and almost 1 million app downloads every day. RIM has been around this block more than once, and they’re better equipped to decide how the future mobile application will look like.

Let’s take a look at what it takes to put together an app. For those new to wireless apps, it’s best to start by reading up on how data moves on wireless networks. If the concept is clear, the next choice is the development environment – either web development or Java Application development.

Using Java development needs some expertise and a clear understanding of the logic used for coding. Web development is easier for new developers who simply have to use Microsoft Visual Studio. Either way, RIM has huge amounts of developer tutorials, documentation, simulators for testing, and a support network.

Tools required can be downloaded off the official site. This includes the Widget SDK v1.0 and the BlackBerry Java Plug-in for Eclipse v1.1. It uses Java 5.0 for Java development and BlackBerry Device Software v5.0 for the web environment.

Another helpful download is the BlackBerry Theme Studio, used to create custom smart phone themes, mobile websites and animated content for these kinds of phones. The themes and graphics can be tested on all devices and operating systems using the simulators. Developers can also submit themes on the App World vendor portal.

Both plug-ins – Java and web – have certain minimum system requirements. It needs Windows Vista, XP or Windows 7 as the OS. The system must, of course, already have either Eclipse or Microsoft Visual Studio.

New developers usually get bottlenecked at the beginning, when it’s hard to make choices without knowing what it means. BlackBerry makes it easy by taking them forward in simple steps. There’s also a support network in the form of local developer groups and a video library that demonstrates clearly what needs to be done.

Of course, other mobile application development platforms including Apple iPhone and Google Android offer pretty much all the same stuff, and also have large communities of developers and app users. But RIM has fine-tuned the whole system so that new developers are not made to jump through any hoops and can use the tools to follow clearly defined steps. These tools are good enough to allow even new developers to create very professional BlackBerry apps.

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