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WebWorks Development for BlackBerry PlayBook and Smartphones


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One way to create apps for the PlayBook is using HTML standards that are packaged into a file that can be executed on the PlayBook. This uses an SDK called WebWorks provided by RIM. Here is an …

One way to create apps for the PlayBook is using HTML standards that are packaged into a file that can be executed on the PlayBook. This uses an SDK called WebWorks provided by RIM. Here is an overview of that platform.

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  • 1. 1
  • 2. BlackBerry WebWorksApplication PlatformOverview 2
  • 3. What is BlackBerry WebWorks? BlackBerry WebWorks is an application platform that enables developers to create standalone applications using modern and standardized web technologies. WebWorks applications can be fully-featured “Super Apps” through their ability to integrate with native BlackBerry and PlayBook features.
  • 4. BlackBerry Programming ModelsApplication power Simplicity of development and maintenance • Hitting the sweet spot means • The richness of device access and reuse of assets • The simplicity of the browser programming model
  • 5. Developer Spectrum Native-based UI Browser-based UI Functionality provided by BlackBerry OS Functionality provided by Browser EngineNative Application WebWorks Platform BlackBerry Browser• Where in the spectrum do developers gravitate to? • Do they create a Native application (Highly functional)? • Do they create Web content for the Browser (Flexible UI and low cost)? • Or a mix of the two? 5
  • 6. Web = Platform Plurality BlackBerry Smartphone BlackBerry PlayBook• It’s a diverse world out there for developers!• Strong Web standards offer support across multiple platforms • Reuse Web assets and developer skills to create BlackBerry apps• Each platform seeing growth in access to native functionality • Access the richness and differentiators of each platform
  • 7. Real World Examples Hollywood Bowl (LA Philharmonic) Loca FM Guitar Chords(Vanatur World Mobile) (My App Catalog) Superheroes Alliance Campus Party (Uken Games) (Contento Media) Sea-Web (Nitobi)
  • 8. Features andCapabilities 8
  • 10. Web Platform Powered by WebKit• WebKit rendering engine added to BlackBerry® 6 and BlackBerry Tablet OS • BlackBerry WebWorks applications benefit from strengths of WebKit • Combine the power of HTML5 and CSS3 with JavaScript APIs
  • 11. PlayBook Web Platform• Improved high fidelity WebKit browser engine • Better support of HTML5 and CSS3 standards• Package existing Flash content into a PlayBook application • Full support of Adobe Flash 10.1• Faster hardware • 1Ghz dual core processor • 1Gb Ram
  • 12. Architecture 12
  • 13. Architecture: How Does it Work?• User interface – Powered by Web – HTML and CSS Your app WebKit Engine• Application logic WebWorks Platform – JavaScript® BlackBerry Platform – WebWorks APIs – Access to Platform OS BBM Security Push Monetization PIM Background Media Storage Multi-Tasking Hardware Compression …
  • 14. Market for WebWorks Applications• BlackBerry WebWorks applications are supported on – BlackBerry PlayBook – BlackBerry 6 – BlackBerry Device Software version 5.0
  • 15. Development Tools 15
  • 16. How do you build BlackBerry WebWorksApplications?1. Setup Development Environment2. Write application content (HTML, CSS, JavaScript files)3. Create a ZIP archive containing these Web assets4. Package your application using the WebWorks SDK
  • 17. BlackBerry WebWorks SDK Development Tools PlayBook Development BlackBerry PlayBook Adobe AIR SDK Deploy *.bar BlackBerry WebWorks SDK for PlayBook WebWorks ApplicationArchive (ZIP) Java SDK Deploy *.cod Smartphone Development BlackBerry WebWorks SDK BlackBerry Smartphone
  • 18. Required Development Tools• Adobe AIR SDK •• BlackBerry WebWorks SDK for Tablet OS •• VMware Player •• BlackBerry PlayBook Simulator •
  • 19. Installing the AdobeAIR SDK 19
  • 20. Step 1: Installing the Adobe AIR SDK• Download the AIR SDK from Adobe’s website: •
  • 21. Step 1: Installing the Adobe AIR SDK
  • 22. Setting Up TheWebWorks SDK ForPlayBook 22
  • 23. Step 2: Setting up the SDK• Download the BlackBerry WebWorks SDK for Tablet OS: •
  • 24. Step 2: Setting up the SDK
  • 25. Step 2: Setting up the SDK• Enter the location of where you extracted the contents of the AIR SDK in Step 1
  • 26. Step 2: Setting up the SDK
  • 27. Installing VMwarePlayer 27
  • 28. Step 3: Installing VMware Player• Download the VMware player from VMwares website: •
  • 29. Step 3: Installing VMware Player
  • 30. Step 3: Installing VMware Player• VMware installation requires a system restart• Coffee break …
  • 31. BlackBerryPlayBook Simulator 31
  • 32. Step 4: Setting Up The Simulator
  • 33. Step 4: Setting Up The Simulator
  • 34. Step 4: Setting Up The Simulator
  • 35. Step 4: Setting Up The Simulator• Browse to location where you installed simulator ISO file • C:device simulators<simulator name><ISO file>
  • 36. Step 4: Setting Up The Simulator
  • 37. Step 4: Setting Up The Simulator
  • 38. Step 4: Setting Up The Simulator
  • 39. Step 4: Setting Up The Simulator
  • 40. Step 4: Setting Up The Simulator
  • 41. Step 4: Setting Up The Simulator
  • 42. Step 4: Setting Up The Simulator To direct input to virtual machine, press CTRL + G To return to your computer, press CTRL + ALT
  • 43. Step 4: Setting Up The Simulator
  • 44. Step 4: Setting Up The Simulator
  • 45. Writing An App“Hello World” 45
  • 46. Start Writing Code• Open your favorite text editor• Create a new file named index.html• Add the following HTML content to this file: <html> <head> <style type="text/css"> body { font-size: 5em; } </style> </head> <body> <p> Hello World </p> </body> </html>
  • 47. Start Writing Code• Create a second file named config.xml• Add the following XML content to this file:<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?><widget xmlns="" xmlns:rim="" version=""> <name>helloWorld</name> <content src="index.html"/></widget>
  • 48. Start Writing Code• Create an archive (ZIP) named containing the index.html and config.xml files
  • 49. Start Writing Code• Run the BlackBerry WebWorks Packager (bbwp.exe) • Packages the file into a PlayBook applicationC:Program FilesResearch In MotionBlackBerry WebWorks Packager for PlayBookbbwp>bbwp "c:sandboxweb"[INFO] Parsing command line options[INFO] Parsing[INFO] Validating WebWorks archive[INFO] Parsing config.xml[WARNING] Failed to find a <feature> element[WARNING] Failed to find the <author> element[INFO] Populating application source[INFO] Compiling WebWorks application[INFO] Packaging the bar file[INFO] Bar packaging complete[INFO] WebWorks application packaging complete
  • 50. Start Writing Code
  • 51. Deploying AnApplication 51
  • 52. Deploying Your Application
  • 53. Deploying Your Application
  • 54. Deploying Your Application• Use the BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK • Installed as part of the WebWorks SDK for PlayBook• Open a command prompt and navigate to: • C:Program FilesResearch In MotionBlackBerry WebWorks Packager for PlayBookbbwpblackberry-tablet-sdk• Contains developer tools for BlackBerry Tablet OS: • binblackberry-packager • binblackberry-deploy • binblackberry-signer
  • 55. Deploying Your Applicationblackberry-deploy -installApp -device <device IP>-package <BAR file path> -password <device password>C:Program FilesResearch In MotionBlackBerry WebWorks Packager for PlayBookbbwpblackberry-tablet-sdk>blackberry-deploy-installApp -device -package "c:sandboxweb" -password passSending Install request...Info: Action: InstallInfo: File size: 40731Info: Installing ...actual_dname::helloWorld1a833da63a6b7e2098dae6d0662e1.MjA5OGRhZTZkMDY2MmUxICAgICAactual_id::MjA5OGRhZTZkMDY2MmUxICAgICAactual_version::
  • 56. Deploying Your Application
  • 57. Deploying Your Application
  • 58. “My First App” 58
  • 59. Configuration Document (config.xml)• XML document based on W3C spec •• Used to define system properties and application permissions • Application name, description, version and icon • Maintains a list of domain and feature permissions• See “Code sample: Creating a BlackBerry WebWorks configuration document” for full details •
  • 60. Configuration Document (config.xml)• Define visual characteristics for your application <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <widget xmlns="" version=""> <name>helloWorld</name> <icon src="icon.png"/> <content src="index.html"/> </widget>
  • 61. Configuration Document (config.xml)• Display live content from your Website• Define the <content> element to be a remote URL instead of a local HTML file<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?><widget xmlns="" version=""> <name>devBlog</name> <icon src="icon.png"/> <content src=""/></widget>
  • 62. Configuration Document (config.xml)• Without granting explicit permission to access remote domains, application is unable to retrieve content:
  • 63. Configuration Document (config.xml)• Grant domain permission in config.xml file • Create <access> elements for all required domains <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <widget xmlns="" version=""> <name>devBlog</name> <icon src="icon.png"/> <content src=""/> <access uri="" subdomains="true"/> <access uri="" subdomains="true"/> <access uri="" subdomains="true"/> <access uri="*" subdomains="true"/> </widget>
  • 64. Configuration Document (config.xml)• Remote content can now be accessed:
  • 65. Live vs. Local Web Content• A WebWorks application does not need an active network connection • Created using Web technologies, but designed to function offline• Web assets of your application can be local: <a href="local:///index.html">Home</a> <a href="file:///accounts/1000/shared/camera/IMG_01.jpg"> Camera Pic</a>• Can also use live resources to populate content dynamically <img src=""/>
  • 66. Going Remote: AJAX Example• Use XmlHttpRequest object to retrieve web content • Can retrieve local (embedded) or remote content • Remember to whitelist any remote domains used //ajax.js: var req; function handleResponse() { if (req.readyState == 4) { if ((req.status == 200 || req.status == 0)) { var ele = document.getElementById("remoteContent"); ele.innerHTML = req.responseText; } } } function getContent() { req = new XMLHttpRequest();,, true); req.onreadystatechange = handleResponse; //async callback req.send(null); }
  • 67. Making It Look Good• CSS 3 is a standardized technology • Supported consistently across different platforms and browser engines • Allows you to design great looking application UI with less code border-radius: 20px; box-shadow: .2em .2em .5em #000; @font-face { font-family: myCustomFont; src: url(myCustomFont.otf); }• Great learning resources available: • • NetTuts:
  • 68. CSS3 Media Queries• Use Media Queries to target CSS against different screen sizes • Support both BlackBerry PlayBook and BlackBerry Smartphone applications with same CSS. • Easier management of multiple platforms with single code base /* BlackBerry Playbook */ @media (min-width:480px) and (max-width:1024px) { body { font-family: Calibri; font-size: 2em; } } /* BlackBerry Torch 9800 */ @media (max-width:360px) and (max-height:480px) { body { font-family: Verdana; font-size: 1em; } }
  • 69. CSS3 Media Query: Real World Example 360x480 1024x600
  • 70. Using HTML5 In Your Application• HTML5 is a standardized technology • Supported consistently across different platforms and engines • Enhancements to existing standard allow integration with platform• See “HTML reference – BlackBerry browser” documentation • Complete list of BlackBerry supported HTML5 elements •• Many great HTML5 learning resources available online • • • •
  • 71. HTML5 Session & Local Storage• Save name-value pairs (String) for offline use • Session data persists while application remains open • Local data persists even after restarting application • function saveSession() { window.sessionStorage.clear(); window.sessionStorage.setItem("Greeting", "Hello World"); var key = window.sessionStorage.key(0); //"Greeting" var value = window.sessionStorage.getItem(key); //"Hello World" key = key + "_FR"; //"Greeting_FR" value = "Bonjour Monde"; window.sessionStorage.setItem(key, value); var num = window.sessionStorage.length; //2 entries }
  • 72. WebKit Browser Developer Tools• Chrome •  “Tools”  “Developer Tools”  [Storage]
  • 73. Asynchronous Web DB• Relational database powered by SQLite • initDBSchema(database){ if (database) { database.transaction(function(tx) { var SQL = "CREATE TABLE IF NOT EXISTS Messages (id INTEGER " + " PRIMARY KEY, message TEXT, created TIMESTAMP)"; //The following method occurs asynchronously. Requires callback // methods to correctly perform next actions (e.g. INSERT statements) tx.executeSql(SQL, [], firstCreateComplete, handleSQLError); }, handleTransactionError); }}function createDB(){ var dbSize = 2 * 1024 * 1024; db = window.openDatabase("WebDB", "1.0", "Example", dbSize, initDBSchema);}
  • 74. HTML5 Media• Canvas • Use JavaScript to render 2D images on an HTML drawing surface • See “SketchPad” sample application:
  • 75. Multimedia: Audio & Video• Audio/Video • Embed audio or video content directly your Web application • Programmatic access to element methods and properties function playSound(audio_file) { var ele = document.getElementById("audio"); ele.src = "local:///files/" + audio_file;; } ... <audio preload="auto" style="visibility: hidden;" id="audio"></audio> <div class="pianokey" onclick="playSound(C.mp3)"></div> <div class="pianokey" onclick="playSound(Csharp.mp3)"></div> <div class="pianokey" onclick="playSound(D.mp3)"></div>
  • 76. Multimedia: Flash 10.1• Take advantage of Flash 10.1 support • Embed local or remote content directly your Web application <!-- Remote URI: --> <object width="640" height="385"> <param name="movie" value=";hl=en_US"> </param> <embed src=";hl=en_US" width="640" height="385"> </embed> </object> <!– Embedded SWF: --> <object width="500" height="300"> <param name="movie" value="5-snowflakes.swf"></param> <embed src="5-snowflakes.swf" width="500" height="300"></embed> </object> Sample courtesy of
  • 77. Accelerometer• Additional mechanism for user interaction besides screen • window.addEventListener("devicemotion", function(event) { //Acceleration measured in m/s^2 var x = event.accelerationIncludingGravity.x; var y = event.accelerationIncludingGravity.y; var z = event.accelerationIncludingGravity.z; // A BlackBerry PlayBook lying flat on the Earth’s surface // (facing up) should have an acceleration of: // { x : 0, y : 0, z : 9.81 } }, true);
  • 78. Orientation• Event raised when user turns PlayBook left or right • UI can be changed to switch between Landscape and Portrait layout window.onorientationchange = function() { switch(window.orientation) { case 0: alert("Top side up :" + window.orientation); break; case 90: alert("Left side up :" + window.orientation); break; case -90: alert("Right side up :" + window.orientation); break; } }
  • 79. Touch Screen Events• Override default behavior with custom events handlers • See “Sample Code – SketchPad Application” document.ontouchstart = function(event) { //Tell browser engine not to scroll/span/zoom when user touches screen: event.preventDefault(); //Get first in collection of all active TouchStart events: var touchEvent = event.changedTouches[0]; //Process the event alert("TouchStart: " + touchEvent.pageX + "," + touchEvent.pageY); }
  • 80. 3rd Party Frameworks• Touch optimized Web frameworks support multiple platforms • Examples: jQuery Mobile/UI, Sencha Touch, Dojo, AlphaSoftware• Improve the UI and functionality of your application • Save time and money by using existing code! Sencha Touch jQuery Mobile
  • 81. “BlackBerry PlayBook Integration” 81
  • 82. Web Works JavaScript APIs• Custom objects that can connect browser engine with underlying Java code • BlackBerry WebWorks apps can be more than just web content • Enables “Super App” functionality
  • 83. JavaScript API:• Use to read data from config.xml file • Example: Styling an ‘About’ feature in your app with CSS3 function setValue(id, message) { document.getElementById(id).innerHTML = message; } function showAbout() { setValue("version",; setValue("copyright",; setValue("author", "By: " +; setValue("name",; }
  • 84. Web Works JavaScript APIs• Grant API permission in config.xml file • Create an <feature> element for any required APIs <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <widget xmlns="" version=""> <name>helloWorld</name> <icon src="icon.png"/> <content src="index.html"/> <feature id="" required="true" version=""/> </widget>• Missing <feature> definitions may result in runtime ‘undefined’ errors
  • 85. Web Works JavaScript APIs• Even remote Web content can use WebWorks APIs • Create a <feature> element within the <access> element • Cannot be done with <access uri="*"> <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <widget xmlns="" version=""> <name>helloWorld</name> <icon src="icon.png"/> <content src=""/> <access uri="" subdomains="true"> <feature id="" required="true" version=""/> </access> </widget>
  • 86. JavaScript API:• Detect when user has moved the application to the background and/or foreground function handleBackground() { document.getElementById("mainElement").className = "background"; } function handleForeground() { document.getElementById("mainElement").className = "normal"; };;
  • 87. JavaScript API: blackberry.invoke• Launch other Tablet OS applications function openVideoCamera() { var args = new blackberry.invoke.CameraArguments(); args.view = blackberry.invoke.CameraArguments.VIEW_RECORDER; blackberry.invoke.invoke(id, args); } ... <button onclick="openVideoCamera()">Open Video Camera</button>
  • 88. JavaScript API: blackberry.system• Retrieve information about the current state of the Tablet OSfunction getNHLscores() { var data; //Get live data when network connection is available // Otherwise, use last saved values. // hasDataCoverage() is similar to "navigator.onLine" if (blackberry.system.hasDataCoverage()) { data = callWebService(""); saveToDB("NHL", data); } else { data = getFromDB("NHL"); } displayScores(data);}
  • 89. JavaScript API: blackberry.system.event• Read information about battery level and state function handleBatteryLevel(level) { document.getElementById("level").style.width = level + "%"; } ... blackberry.system.event.deviceBatteryLevelChange(handleBatteryLevel); ... <div class="batteryLevelBar"> <div id="level" class="batteryLevel">&nbsp;</div> </div>
  • 90. JavaScript API: blackberry.ui• Display custom and standard Tablet OS Dialog windowsfunction dialogCallBack(index) { alert("Button index selected: " + index);}function customDialog() { var question = "Have you created a BlackBerry PlayBook application?"; var buttons = new Array("Yes", "No", "Soon"); var ops = { title : "Answer:", size : blackberry.ui.dialog.SIZE_MEDIUM, position : blackberry.ui.dialog.LOC_CENTER }; blackberry.ui.dialog.customAsk(question, buttons, dialogCallBack, ops);}...<button onclick="customDialog()">Ask Question (Custom Dialog)</button>
  • 91. Migrating contentto the BlackBerryPlayBook Platform 91
  • 92. Supporting BlackBerry Smartphones and PlayBook• Web makes supporting different platforms easy • Relative sizes (fonts, page elements, margins/padding) • Content can be designed to be scalable Platform Screen Size Screen Resolution BlackBerry Torch 9800 3.2” HVGA 480 x 360 BlackBerry PlayBook 7” LCD 1024 x 600 Desktops 17” - 32” + 1024 x 768 – 1920 x 1068 + iPad 9.7” LCD 1024 x 768 Future Smartphones ? ? & Tablets
  • 93. Re-Using Your Existing Web Assets• Step 1: Direct your app to load your Website directly • Make any necessary adjustments to suit screen size <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <widget xmlns="" version=""> <name>myGreatApp</name> <icon src="my_great_app_icon.png"/> <content src=""/> <access uri="" subdomains="true"/> </widget>
  • 94. Re-Using Your Existing Web Assets• Step 2: Move remote Web content into standalone application <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <widget xmlns="" version=""> <name>myGreatApp</name> <icon src="my_great_app_icon.png"/> <content src=""/> <content src="index.html"/> </widget> Web Server
  • 95. Re-Using Your Existing Web Assets• Step 3: Start taking advantage of local features • Support platform-specific features using JavaScript WebWorks APIs function handleBatteryLevel(level) { if (level < 25) { if (confirm("Battery level below 25%. Close?")) {; } } } blackberry.system.event.deviceBatteryLevelChange(handleBatteryLevel); ... <h1>My Great Site</h1> ...
  • 96. Re-Using Your Existing Web Assets• Step 4: Publish your content in BlackBerry App World• BlackBerry App World • Free to register and submit apps • 70 Countries, 21 Currencies, 6 Languages • PayPal, Credit Card, Carrier Billing • Over 35 million App World users (2+ million app downloads per day) • Over 75% of app downloads are OS 5.0+• Free BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet Offer
  • 97. Q&AThank You! 97