Blackberry gets Java and Eclipse plug-ins

Research In Motion (RIM) has updated its Java and web-based development tools for the Blackberry platform to help developers build smartphone applications.

Research In Motion (RIM) has updated its Java and web-based development tools for the Blackberry platform to help developers build smartphone applications.

The company has released the Blackberry Java Plug-In for Eclipse v1.1, Blackberry Web Plug-in v2.0, Blackberry Widget SDK (software development kit) v1.0, and Blackberry Java SDK v5.0. The SDKs allow developers to access Blackberry smartphone hardware features, native Blackberry software applications and other system capabilities of the Blackberry application platform, RIM said.

According to RIM, the new tools can be used to build personalised and contextualised applications that can integrate with a Blackberry smartphone's inbox, calendar, address book and other native Blackberry applications to deliver a highly engaging user experience.

Alan Brenner, senior vice-president, Blackberry platform, at RIM, said: "We believe these enhanced tools will spur a new level of creativity and innovation as developers find new ways to leverage the unique power and integrated nature of the Blackberry platform to bring useful, intelligent applications to the millions of Blackberry smartphone users around the world."

The company has been steadily developing the Blackberry as an application development platform. Last year it introduced geo-location and micropayment application programming interfaces.

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