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    Are there any differences between Symbian and Blackberry programming ?

    Hi, i never had the chance to use a blackberry, is there anything different when developing applications for them ? Do normal applications run the same on blackberrys ?

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    Re: Are there any differences between Symbian and Blackberry programming ?

    BlackBerry devices run two kinds of Java application: they run MIDlets (using the MIDP API) or BlackBerry apps (using the BlackBerry API) - you cannot mix the two, so you cannot access the BlackBerry API from a MIDlet.

    Even when running MIDlets, BlackBerry devices do not accept the usual JAD/JAR. Applications must be converted to the BlackBerry "COD" application format. There is a tool in the BlackBerry SDK for this. When you deploy an application OTA (over-the-air), the BlackBerry servers take care of this conversion for you, so you don't need to worry about it.

    As with any two platforms, there are inevitable differences. You might want to read this guide to mobile Java portability.

    Whenever you develop applications to run on multiple devices, it is essential to test adequately on the target handsets.

    More information about BlackBerry development is available at the BlackBerry Developer Zone.

    Graham.

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    Re: Are there any differences between Symbian and Blackberry programming ?

    Thank you.

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