BlackBerry 10 WebWorks SDK Released!

The BlackBerry 10 WebWorks SDK is now available for download!

This is the first of many Beta releases to come over the summer as we head towards the official release of the BlackBerry 10 WebWorks SDK. Eager web application developers should head right to the developer site, download the SDK, and see how RIM are continuing to provide a best-in-class web developer platform for BlackBerry 10.

The BlackBerry 10 WebWorks SDK allows web developers to create first class BlackBerry applications using familiar web technologies such as HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript, and extend their application with deep integration into the full device platform.

It is the evolution of the BlackBerry WebWorks SDK, built on the foundations of the BlackBerry WebWorks SDK for smartphones and the BlackBerry WebWorks SDK for Tablet OS.

First introduced on the BlackBerry 5 OS and supported on all OS versions and devices since, BlackBerry WebWorks allows a developer to package their web content into the native application format, leveraging all the benefits of the BlackBerry platform including security and distribution through the BlackBerry App World  storefront.

With the WebKit-based HTML5 browser environment provided by the platform, BlackBerry WebWorks developers have full access to many powerful HTML5 APIs and CSS3. Further, BlackBerry WebWorks provides a set of JavaScript APIs that allow the developer to extend their web content out of the browser with platform functionality such as BlackBerry Messenger SDK, Payment Service, PIM (email, contacts, and calendars), file access, and so on.

For the BlackBerry smartphone, the BlackBerry WebWorks APIs were built on the native Java platform, and for Tablet OS, on top of the Adobe AIR SDK. With BlackBerry 10, it was obvious that BlackBerry WebWorks needed to leverage the full power of the new BlackBerry 10 Native platform built on C/C++ and Cascades

This gave us an opportunity to look at BlackBerry WebWorks with fresh eyes and determine the best route forward.

More info at the BlackBerry DevBlog.


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