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Create BlackBerry applications with open source tools, Part 3:Build a social-networking application

Mar 19, 2009, 01:54 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Why write a social-networking application for BlackBerry? Social networking is all the rage, and people want to take this experience with them wherever they go. Many social-networking users carry BlackBerry devices. The BlackBerry platform is rich and ripe for social networking.

"Its capability as an Internet-accessing device is solid, its reputation as a messaging platform is legendary, and one important feature that most BlackBerry devices boast is a full keyboard. Having a camera is handy, but the power lies in a keyboard where users can rapidly type messages to friends or business associates. The BlackBerry environment also presents an open programming infrastructure where you can "catch" or hook many events of interest. These capabilities open many possibilities for feature-rich social-networking applications.

"This tutorial is not singularly blazing new trails; there are already commercially available social-networking applications for the BlackBerry. This tutorial's sample application demonstrates how to build a useful open source application centered around social networking. Learn to add a custom menu into an application and implement a "Share this Event" feature that highlights interacting with the contacts database and the calendar events on the BlackBerry. Contacts and events are part of the larger, more general set of data known as Personal Information Management (PIM). Once you understand how to interact with the PIM data on a device, the social-networking opportunities are limited only by the imagination.

"This tutorial provides a brief introduction to PIM data, then dives into the requirements for a BlackBerry social-networking application. Download the complete source code for the example BlackBerry application."

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