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BlackBerry Widgets - A Fast, Easy Way to Mobilize Your Domino Applications

John M. Wargo

March, 2011

Discover how to create native BlackBerry applications that access your Domino databases using BlackBerry WebWorks. It’s fast and easy using the free native tools from Research In Motion (RIM). Learn how to construct a RESTful Domino agent to respond to requests from a Widget running on BlackBerry and how to build, test, and deploy the Widget.

Research in Motion (RIM), the maker of the BlackBerry smartphone, provides a wide variety of free native tools an organization can use to build rich, compelling, interactive applications for the BlackBerry. But, building these applications requires specialized skills (Java, knowledge of the BlackBerry APIs, and more) that are not available everywhere. To make it easier for developers, RIM has created a new suite of tools for building native, locally executed (not run on a Web server) BlackBerry applications using standard HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. These applications are called BlackBerry Widgets, and you can use them to mobilize Domino applications to BlackBerry devices. To show you how, I will walk you through the process of building a BlackBerry Widget that consumes data from a Notes database running on a Domino server.

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