01-23-2012 05:46 PM
Is there a "WySiWyG" development tool out there, which will allow me to create a BlackBerry App?
I know that's a "loaded question" among those who understand how to code, but I'm one of those "Idea People" who spend far too much time coming up with ideas, and far too little time learning how to make them reality.
I've used "App Inventor", "GameSalad", and been playing with others - but I need to develop for BlackBerry as well... and I just can't seem to find the right way to do so.
01-23-2012 06:31 PM
01-23-2012 08:23 PM - edited 01-23-2012 08:23 PM
Welcome to the forum.
There is no GUI development tool available sorry. Every thing has to be done the hard way.
Use the search box to find help, try searching for "learn java" for example. Remember other people have been where you are now. For example, have a look at this:
01-23-2012 10:59 PM
If you are coming from a RAD environment then you might be shocked that there is no such tool for JAVA on the BB.
Dev on the BB is like coding in C in the 80s. Write your code in notepad and then use script to compile your app. With the RIM JAVA IDE and Eclipse its a step up from coding with Notepad.
Download the latest SDK and study so examples. If you have C/C++ background then you already know some Java.
01-24-2012 12:43 AM
I actually have no real background in a specific language. I'm of the old "Bbs" scripting generation - and have long since forgotten the syntax of any language.
In a perfect world I would love to stumble upon a language that just "makes sense" when I see it... So that's what I'm looking for first. If I end up having to learn the hard way - I guess that's fine too - but I'm lazy - and working alone. Having put all my energy into concept and logic - by the time I get to trying to remember the syntax requirements of whatever language - my brain is mush and I can't think anymore.
01-24-2012 04:47 AM
In that case I would recommend that you start in another platform, especially as Blackberry Java is effectively end of life anyway since RIM have said that they will releasing phones with BB10, which has no Java support on it.
The development environment for the PlayBook is a bit mixed up atm, but there is opportunity to do things the easy way with Adobe Air. If you want to program in a real language, the you could also try Android, which is a pretty nice implementation using Java. I personally don't get one with Objective C, but if you want to learn that, then you can develop for the various Apple products too.
None of these will provide you with an easy in.
Another alternative is to develop using a cross platform tool, like PhoneGap. This is not a real programming environment but as I understand it, you can do some pretty cool stuff. Given what you have said, PhoneGap is where I would go.
01-24-2012 03:59 PM
01-24-2012 07:34 PM
Would still suggest PhoneGap. It is endorsed to a certain extent by RIM, and has been bought by Adobe so it appears that they see it as strategic for the mobile space.