Chapter 7

Hello Out There! Making a Network-Enabled Application

The BlackBerry was built to communicate. Sending and receiving e-mail, browsing the Web, and often even downloading applications to your device requires access to the wireless data network. Naturally, many of the most compelling BlackBerry applications also heavily feature networking as a core part of their functionalities.

Fortunately, the BlackBerry API offers a range of choices for getting your application to communicate with servers, other systems on the Internet (including corporate networks), and other short range communication devices (like Bluetooth and NFC). For the most part, you don’t have to worry about different device or wireless network characteristics; the BlackBerry ...

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