06-15-2010 10:24 AM
Is the GUI builder for blackberry released already? I read from the previous posts that it will be released in june, just wondering if it is already out?
06-15-2010 10:26 AM
No it is not out yet... we are shooting for sometime around the end of the summer for a beta
08-22-2010 05:39 PM
To be honest as nice as a GUI Builder sounds for BlackBerry Development (as we all have had our troubles getting things just right).
There are plenty of cons as well as pros for it.
My main pros for it are that it will encourage and make it easier for the lesser experience coder to make nicer GUI's for apps.
The main con for me is using a GUI Builder usually feels messy and from my experience the GUI code from GUI Builders (such as that with NetBeans). The code can be messy or bundled with unnecessary junk. Would also encourage slightly lazier GUI coding I think and code result in fancy looking GUI's but somewhat "sloppy or sluggish" if mis-used.
Just entirely my opinion of course and say what you will but just thought I would throw that out there.
I apologise if this note offends anyone but it is not targeted at anyone just giving an honest opinion as it is obvious from my statement that I prefer hand-coding GUI's.
08-22-2010 06:26 PM
I have to agree.
IMHO the closest I found to a good one is the VS. It isn't the cleanest but it is the closest I found to a fully functioning GUI editor, and if you don't want to use it you can still code by hand.
I doubt the BlackBerry will be of that caliber.
02-08-2011 04:47 AM
no, it's usually taking this long
02-08-2011 09:30 AM
We have been talking about this topic at DevCon last year in San Francisco as well as recently at DevCon Asia. So there definately are no secrets round the topic.
We were originally working towards a GUI builder part of our Eclipse tooling with a partner who ended up being purchased by Google. This changed our business relationship and at the end we decided to go in a different direction. There are no current plans to release the GUI builder tooling we previewed at our earlier developer conferences.
However, we are working on something bigger and better
02-08-2011 09:38 PM
Thanks for the transparency.
It's still too bad though. The Blackberry OS platform has really fallen behind when it comes to developer-friendly tools. The GUI builder was a shimmer of hope, especially when it comes to rapid development. Webworks is ok, but the rendering engine just isn't sophisticated enough to support fully developed apps.
On a brighter note, the Tablet OS has a much more promising toolset. Unfortunately, it may be a while before we see it on phones, and by that point, development for other platforms will have advanced to or beyond the level of the QNX tools. I'll be keeping an eye on developments, but likely won't be developing or porting anything new until the future has a more sunny outlook. I have faith that RIM will make it right, but it looks like it'll be quite a ways in the future
02-09-2011 01:10 AM
That could be the "bigger" "better" he's talking about. I wonder which company it was. The problem I see is the speed that these things happen. RIM announces a tool/product/service, a couple months later a competitor announces it and releases it a month after that. A year+ after RIM announced it, it's still not out.