Setup Eclipse for BlackBerry Development
I recently purchased a new laptop specifically for BlackBerry development. Over the last year, I have been developing in Eclipse using the BlackBerry 188.8.131.52 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.
If there is anything that I have learned while developing for BlackBerry, it’s that your computer needs massive amounts of RAM. Two gigs will get you started but you should have at least four gigs of RAM to make sure you aren’t waiting for weeks for the friggin’ Simulator to start. I’m developing in both Windows Vista and Windows 7 (64 Bit versions).
- 2 Gigs of RAM (4 preferred)
- Windows Vista or Windows 7
- A decent processor, but you don’t have to break the bank.
What you need to download
There are three items that you need to download to get started developing for BlackBerry.
- Java Runtime Environment (JRE)
- Eclipse IDE for Java EE Developers
- BlackBerry Java Plug-in for Eclipse v1.1
When you have downloaded all three piece’s of software, install them in the above order. The Java Runtime Environment is required for running Eclipse and the BlackBerry JDE.
You can unzip Eclipse into any directory you want. I usually keep mine in a C:\Eclipse\Eclipse_X directory, where “X” is some sort of indicator what install you are using. I do this because there will be a time in the future where you will want to install a new (or old) version of Eclipse, but you won’t want to get rid of your current version.
After you have unzipped Eclipse, install the BlackBerry Java Plug-in by double clicking the .EXE file. Choose the directory where you installed eclipse. Once finished, you will be ready to start using your new BlackBerry development environment! You will know if your installation is successful by clicking the “Project” menu and looking for the “BlackBerry” menu option.