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Developing for Playbook - which SDK?

I am looking to start learning to develop on my playbook. I have an idea or two for an app that could help my business. I am a little confused about what is available to do development.

I see that there are two native SDKs out there one for Playbook 2.0 and one for BB 10. Some of the posts here, it looks like some are installing the one for BB10 but not using the cascades portion since the 2.0 playbook doesnt support it. 

I downloaded the SDK for playbook and also the QT sdk.  I am confused as to which one to actually use. It looks like the QT system would give me options for the UI where if i dont use the 2.0 sdk i have to code it all from scratch?


Thanks for any insight.




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Re: Developing for Playbook - which SDK?

If you want to develop a native app for the PlayBook, you need the Native SDK 2.0.1. The beta version of Native SDK 2.1.0 is also available if you want to write apps targeting that future OS release. I'd stick with 2.0.1 for now.


That SDK should give you everything you need to build Qt on your own and use it in your apps. You will need to pull Qt yourself though, it's not included. You can follow the instructions here to do so:



The Native SDK for the Dev Alpha/BlackBerry 10 will not help you develop apps for the PlayBook. There are a lot of similarities, but the fact is, they're different. That SDK is something you should look into later, especially as we move to using Cascades for our UIs. Cascades != Qt, but it is similar and based on it.


Finally, if you want to get up and running quickly, maybe you can look at the BB-Py Project (https://bitbucket.org/microcode/blackberry-py/wiki/Home). Could be a good avenue to explore prototyping your ideas quickly.


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Re: Developing for Playbook - which SDK?

You also have ActionScript and WebWorks available for both kinds of devices.