Setting up your development tools for BlackBerry Java applications
If you’re developing Java® applications for the BlackBerry® device, there are a number of tools you can use to develop your application. In this article, we will focus on setting up the BlackBerry® Java® Plug-in for Eclipse®.
The BlackBerry Java Plug-in for Eclipse extends the Eclipse® development framework to allow you to develop a BlackBerry Java application for the BlackBerry device. In Eclipse and Eclipse-based IDEs, the plug-in provides the tools to develop, debug, optimize, and localize your application.
Before downloading the BlackBerry Java Plug-in for Eclipse, make sure your computer meets the following system requirements:
- Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon™ Desktop Processor 2.5GHz or faster
- 1.5 GB or more available hard disk space
- 2 GB RAM or more
- Monitor with 1024 x 768 resolution or higher
- Windows Vista®, Windows® XP, or Windows® 7 (Note: 64-bit versions require 32-bit Java® and 32-bit Eclipse).
- Java® Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE) Development Kit (JDK) 6, update 14 or later
Task 1: Downloading and installing the Java SE JDK
Note: If you already have Java SE JDK 6 update 14 or later installed on your computer, you can proceed to the next task.
- Go to www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/i
- Click Download JDK.
- From the Platform drop-down list, select the platform you are developing on.
- After reviewing the license agreement, select the license checkbox. Click Continue.
- Click the filename and save the file to a location on your computer.
- Double-click the exe file and proceed with the installation.
- Update the PATH environment variable to point to the newly installed JDK by completing the following steps:
- From the Control Panel, select System.
- On the Advanced tab, click Environment Variables.
- Under System variables, select the Path variable and click Edit.
- At the beginning of the Variable value field, type the path of the JDK followed by a semicolon ; For example, C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.6.0_21\bin;
- Click OK to save and close the Environment Variables window.
- In the Environment Variables, update the JAVA_HOME variable to point to the newly installed JDK. Use the instructions in the prior step to update the JAVA_HOME variable.
Task 2: Downloading and installing the BlackBerry Java Plug-in and the Eclipse IDE
Note: If you have a registered account on the BlackBerry® Developer Zone, please log in. By using your registered account, you avoid having to complete download agreements for each time you download a file. You can log in or register for an account at www.blackberry.com/developers.
- Go to www.blackberry.com/developers/java.
- Click the Development tools and downloads link.
- Click the Download the BlackBerry Java Plug-in for Eclipse v1.3 (full installer) link. This installer includes both the BlackBerry Java Plug-in-in for Eclipse and Eclipse 3.6.
- Click Download.
- Click Save, and then save the file to a location on your computer.
- Double-click the setup application file.
- Click Run.
- On the Introduction screen, click Next.
- Review the license agreement, and then select I accept the terms of the License Agreement.
- Click Next.
- Choose a location where you would like to install Eclipse. You can use the default location that’s specified on the screen or you specify a different folder location. Note: The folder must be empty.
- Click Next.
- On the Select Additional Tasks screen, select where you want the setup application to create shortcuts for the BlackBerry Java Plug-in.
- Click Next.
- Review the information on the Pre-installation Summary screen, and then click Install.
- Click Done.
You have successfully completed the installation of the BlackBerry Java Plug-in for Eclipse and the Eclipse installation.
When you first launch the BlackBerry Java Plug-in for Eclipse, Eclipse will prompt you to specify a workspace. This workspace contains all the application projects you plan to work on.
Find out more
For more information about the BlackBerry Java Plug-in for Eclipse and developing Java applications for the BlackBerry device, visit the following resources:
- www.blackberry.com/go/devdocs: Find development guides, release notes, API references and sample
- application overviews.
- www.blackberry.com/developers: Visit the BlackBerry® Developer Zone for resources on developing BlackBerry device applications.
- www.blackberry.com/go/developerkb View knowledge base articles on the BlackBerry Development
- Knowledge Base.
- www.blackberry.com/developers/downloads: Find the latest development tools and downloads for developing BlackBerry device applications.