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New Developer
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎01-26-2009
My Device: Not Specified

Application Development to connect to our Web Server

Dear All,


I am completely NEW to Blackberry and this forum.


I have website called kompas-tv.com which is basically Video Streaming web site for News and Information in Indonesian language hosted at our own server in Indonesia..

With the popularity of BB, I am planning to have the web service available on BB. Hoever, I have NOT done anything with Blackberry so far.

I have seen applications on BB such as the Associated Press on Blackberry applications. I would like to built such applications with less feature. Basically have all of the menu-ing on the device and once in a while sent my rss feed of latest updated news to members that have registered on the service.

I have sent email to Blackberry, but so far have not received any response.

Can anyone on this FORUM help me point to the right directions ?


- Technical Department
- Applications for Blackberry

First of all we would like to thank you very much for your interest in reading this email.
With this email, I would like to take the opportunity to introduce ourselves.

SDM is fully responsible for the following Video-On-Demand web sites under the supervision of KOMPAS.COM :

* Kompas-TV.com (Indonesian General News & Information on Audio & Video)
* seleb.tv (Indonesian General Entertainment & Infotainment on Audio & Video)
* videoku.tv VIDEOKU.TV :: On Line Indonesian Social Networking, News, Information & Infotainment on Video Streaming (Sandika Digital Media) (Indonesian Community & User Submitted files Audio & Video)

SDM produces :
* 40-50 new video clips for Kompas-TV.com, (On general News and Information)
* 25-30 new video clips for Seleb.TV. (On Indonesian Celebrities and gossip))
* All of the video clips are 2 minutes to 3 minutes maximum, formatted in FLV video format, with Indonesian Text as well as dubbing in Indonesian language.
* Finished Video clips are encoded in FLash Video format (FLV) at 96kbps, 156kbps 256kbps
* We can encode into different format if needed.

Exisiting Facts :

1. We are news & publishing company, as well as the CONTENT Owner / Provider who develop and manage our own web-site
2. All of our contents for each web-site, are rank top 25 in Indonesia. Then again this comparison are against traditional web site that employ text only and pictures.
3. We believe we are the # 1 web site that produce contents only on VIDEO STREAMING in Indonesia, and therefore we think that this contents would have markets in Blackberry users.
4. We are planning to have most of our contents from each site to be available on BlackBerry Devices.
5. We are planning to built 3 applications on Blackberry such as : Seleb Infotainment, Kompas News, Kompas Entertainment
6. We developed the Web Applications in 2008. Basically all of the design on the existing web site are quite simple, that is why we plan to have all 3 web-sites on BB.
7. We already use RSS to send latest contents to other media
8. We have develop applications for other Mobile such as Nokia, Apple I-POD
9. Having said that, basically the aps on mobile are the mini version of the web-site that we have, because people needs to connect to internet and point the browser to our mobile sub-domain.
10. --
11. NOW, with the appointment of BB distributors in Indonesia just for that last 6 months, already shows significant penetration. Other mobile hand-set device already re-arrange and some are cancelling their launching of the new device because of the Black Berry device.
12. At the moment, BB in Indonesia is mainly used chatting between BB and Facebook only.
13. There are limited aps for Indonesian contents, and most of the contents are like pointing the browser to a specific web page for mobile
14. Viewing contents which are coming out of Indonesia, would create problems, as the Telco Operators sometimes do not have good intenational connections.
15. Having said that, means that applications that I want to built has to be hosted on Indonesian local loop IP, so that the subscribers can connect to the local internaet access and enjoy our video contents.
16. My main goals are for Indonesian viewers only, as the BB device would be a killer device in Indonesia.
17. As all my contents are about videos along with text, I want the apps to be able to play our video (I can do any video format if needed)
18. --
19. I have been in contact with one of your developer such as freerangeinc.com, but it seems that we can not afford the cost of the apps development


Our Questions :

1. In regards with being able to view all of our contents from BB ===
2. I am planning to built BB aApplications such as the one used by Associated Press, in which most of the menus are already stores on the BB device, so that the device only needs to get the contents itself, and NOT the whole menu

-  So, is this Web applications, or is this Just BB Applications on BB Device ?


3. How would the programming on Nokia/Apple be different with what we are planning to built for the BB
4. Is the applications that I am planning to build has to be hosted on the RIM server, or it can be hosted at the same server for our WEB, DBASE, File Server etc ?
5. What are needed on my server side to cater such applications that I am planning to built ?
6. What is the BlackBerry® Mobile Data System ?
1. What is the requirements of OS for the BlackBerry® Mobile Data System Server ?
2. Does the following software included in the Mobile Data System ? BlackBerry MDS Services, BlackBerry MDS Developer Tools, BlackBerry MDS Device Software
3. Do we need all of the 3 products to develop applications so that it can achieve what we wanted to ?
4. Where can we get these applications, and how much would it cost us ?

I thank you very much for your time and patience in guiding me to select applications software that would enable me to develop applications on Blackberry device.


Andhi Satria

Guru I
Posts: 19,020
Registered: ‎07-29-2008
My Device: Passport, Playbook, 9320BES
My Carrier: Bouygues _ SFR

Re: Application Development to connect to our Web Server

top of this page.
two links : PARTNERS and DEVELOPERS.

The search box on top-right of this page is your true friend, and the public Knowledge Base too:
New Developer
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎01-26-2009
My Device: Not Specified

Re: Application Development to connect to our Web Server

Thank you for the links.


I have read on those two links.

However, I still confused of where and what aps I should have download and start building for the things that I want to do.

Would you be kind enought to tell me what development software that I need to download ?



BlackBerry Development Advisor
Posts: 15,884
Registered: ‎07-09-2008
My Device: BlackBerry PRIV
My Carrier: Bell

Re: Application Development to connect to our Web Server

The first decision you'll need to make is whether you want to create a web application that users access through the BlackBerry Browser or if you want to create a Java application that runs locally on the BlackBerry handheld.  An MDS Runtime Application would not suit the needs of this project.  Applications do not require hosting on a RIM server of any kind.


I recommend starting off by reading the overview page found at the link below.  Once you have decided on the type of application you wish to create post some follow up questions regarding how to accomplish specific tasks.




Mark Sohm
BlackBerry Development Advisor

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New Contributor
Posts: 3
Registered: ‎04-07-2010
My Device: BlackBerry 8900
My Carrier: BlackBerry 8900

Re: Application Development to connect to our Web Server



i am trying to create rss,news update kind of an application


Please guide me on how to do it


and if browser specific please tell me how to connect to my database server in visual studio because there is verry little on this in the forums