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BlackBerry Development Fundamentals by John M. Wargo

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1Mobile Applications

Before digging into the details of how to build mobile applications for the BlackBerry, it is important to be on the same page regarding what mobile applications are. This chapter describes the types of mobile applications and what they can do, how they can be built, where free applications can be found, where mobile applications can be purchased, and more.

1.1 The BlackBerry as an Application Platform

Many developers and business people think that the BlackBerry application platform is closed and that applications cannot be built for them. Some believe that the BlackBerry platform is proprietary, and you have to use special tools or technologies to build custom applications for it. Others believe that the only option for ...

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