I have been a devoted BlackBerry user and developer since the earlier days of RIM. The first app I ever wrote was for a BlackBerry 7250. BlackBerry has always been good to me. The first time I made money developing a smartphone application was because of BlackBerry. My company started with some high profile clients that had a BlackBerry infrastructure behind them.
I’ve had almost every BlackBerry under the sun since the 7250. For the last few years people had tried to convince me to switch to Android or Apple over and over again. I have always loved my keyboard laden device. I had purchased a Google developer account before most people knew what an Android was; but I never really fell in love with the operating system.
That all changed today.
Microsoft disabled hotlinks in their Messenger 09 (Messenger 14) product on November 13th, 2009.
There has been a recent spread of malicious links that can infect your computer with a virus and has prompted Microsoft to disable hotlinks in messenger. They recommend you upgrade to the latest version of messenger and that the disabled links are temporary.
If you are anything like me, you don’t want to be forced to do something that someone else imposes on you. The new messenger kind of sucks. Microsoft took out one of the best features – hand writing – so “upgrading” isn’t an option, at least not for me.
I have had my BlackBerry Torch 98000 since it’s release in the USA and brought it home to Canada. My network is currently Rogers and the Torch has been working without problem so far. I noticed Rogers had been pushing their apps to my phone (Zoompass, Rogers Store.. etc) over the last few days, likely to prepare for the Canadian Torch release.
Yesterday my phone’s data connection stopped working when using the network. When the phone is connected to WiFi, everything works perfectly fine – BBM, Browser, Google Maps, BerryBlab. I called my provider and was able to get them to push my service books out to the phone.
Unfortunately this only made things worse.
I have been using OpenX for a few years to serve banner ad’s on my Volkswagen website. OpenX has always been difficult to setup. Difficult, you know, like selling karaoke to Japan. Yes, that difficult. The interface isn’t intuitive for new users and getting a grasp on how everything ties together is a nightmare that even Freddy wouldn’t want. But that’s a different blog post.
About a month ago, I woke up in the morning and grabbed my trusty iPad to make sure none of my sites blew up during the 3 hours of sleep I usually get. Everything seemed fine. After visiting my “wake-up sites” (mostly porn), I went to my laptop and opened Firefox.
I see this: Read More
New developers always ask me the same questions: Where do I start programming? What is the best language to use? What’s the easiest language to use? It can be confusing, I know. With 1000′s of languages and environments, these questions are probably the most difficult to answer. Most of the time, I say “go f**k your hat.” (or variation, it’s my new favorite saying.)
Uhmm … What? This is a tutorial right?
I recently purchased a new laptop specifically for BlackBerry development. Over the last year, I have been developing in Eclipse using the BlackBerry 184.108.40.206 Eclipse Plugin, but recently there has been an upgrade to BlackBerry JDE 1.1 Eclipse Plugin, so I knew I was going to have to install everything from scratch.
You are probably viewing this blog post looking for a quick way to get started programming for the BlackBerry device. Lucky for you, I have documented this process and you won’t have to spend hours looking for links that take you to old information about how to setup Eclipse with the BlackBerry JDE.