RIM unveils new BlackBerry web dev tools


RIM claims to have made it easier for developers to create web applications for its BlackBerry smartphones by launching a new development toolset.

Both the BlackBerry Web Development Plug-in for Eclipse and the BlackBerry Plug-in for Microsoft Visual Studio version 1.2 are available immediately. They will help developers to be a bit more innovative in both the simple and more complex applications they create, thanks to enhanced debugging, profiling and simulation tools.

"The BlackBerry developer tools portfolio aims to bring together the best of Java and web development for the creation of web applications that are integrated with core BlackBerry smartphone functions for a seamless, intuitive and robust user experience," said Alan Brenner, senior vice president of RIM's BlackBerry platform group, in a statement.

"The evolving portfolio of web development tools for the BlackBerry platform allows developers to work in familiar development environments to create, debug, profile, test and optimise their web applications for BlackBerry smartphones."

Just yesterday, RIM unveiled its new Curve 8520 handset, which features a couple of firsts for a BlackBerry a touch sensitive track pad and dedicated media keys.

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