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Registered: ‎05-15-2012
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Developing apps for musicians - noob

I'm thinking of trying my hand at writing some apps for musicians for the BB10 / Playbook platform.  I have some programming experience in the (distant) past, mostly in C++ and a bit of Java.  I've never coded for a mobile platform really (except a wee bit when I worked at RIM over 10 years ago).  A few of questions from a Noob:


1) For this type of app (apps for musicians that can play musical notes), what is the best environment - Native C/C++ or Java?  Or are both equally suitable? Which is easier?


2) Does the Blackberry 10 / Playbook OS have anything like a built-in wavetable with an API that app developers can use to play musical notes with a variety of instrument sounds, or will my apps have to include audio samples for all of these?


3) Is there a total noob-guide for absolute beginners to get started writing simple "hello-world" type apps for BB10/playbook, and that maybe ease the reader into the various APIs?


Thanks for any help - feel free also to contact me directly with any suggestions:  philkaye@live.ca

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Re: Developing apps for musicians - noob

Welcome to the forums.


The short answer to all your questions is that you are in the wrong place.  Blackberry Java is not supported on BB10/Playbook, unless of course you are porting an Android Application.  So you really have no choice, you need to write in a platform supported by BB10/Playbook.  You have choice there of

WebWorks - i.e. HTML and Javascript

Adobe Air

Native C++.


The best place to look initially for information on these options is



Which ever method you choose, there is a forum for it:



Good luck and have fun.