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Professional BlackBerry Paperback – July 29, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0764589539 ISBN-10: 0764589539 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (July 29, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764589539
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764589539
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Professional BlackBerry

Enabling users to stay connected with wireless access to calendars, corporate data, real-time e-mail, and a phone, BlackBerry devices have experienced an explosion in popularity. Many would argue that they have become a business necessity. In the first book to deal with the support and development of BlackBerry devices, authors Johnston and Evers cover everything from how the BlackBerry infrastructure works and the various components that make up its environment to installing a BlackBerry server and maintaining your BlackBerry environment.

You'll discover the different ways in which you can extend the functionality of the BlackBerry (versions 4.0, 3.6, and 2.2), how to roll out BlackBerry devices to your users, and how to create a BlackBerry intranet portal. Ultimately, though, you'll see how developing the BlackBerry platform further can result in a happier and more productive user community.

What you will learn from this book

  • How to plan disaster-recovery scenarios to provide the maximum uptime for users
  • How to take ideas learned in the book and apply them to your BlackBerry environment with the help of the sample scripts included
  • The components that that make up the BlackBerry infrastructure and how they all work together
  • How the Plazmic Media Engine allows the BlackBerry to display rich Web content while keeping the size of that content small
  • Ways to create an internal BlackBerry portal and how to enhance it with a BlackBerry channel

Who this book is for

This book is for those who support and maintain the BlackBerry environment within their company or who conduct internal development within an organization.

Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.

About the Author

Craig James Johnston of East Windsor, New Jersey, has more than 15 years of networking experience, most recently with the BlackBerry. He has done proof-of-concept BlackBerry projects and has actively supported BlackBerry devices in a Lotus Domino environment since 2000. His extensive knowledge of networking, hardware, and wireless technologies is coupled with writing and technical instruction.

Richard Evers of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, is the editor of the BlackBerry Developer Journal. He is an expert in the areas of wireless communication and small-footprint application development. He has more than 25 years’ experience designing and developing commercial and custom applications. He has been editor and publisher of numerous publications, including Transactor magazine. He creates and publishes educational Web sites, and he develops customized Web software (including search engines, custom proxy servers, and browsers).

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Robert Kao on November 11, 2005
Format: Paperback
"BlackBerry Professional" caters to BlackBerry system administrators, application programmers, and BlackBerry web developers.

If you are a BlackBerry system administrator, regardless of size of your corporation, "BlackBerry Professional" does a good job walking you through deploying BlackBerries to people in a corporate organization. The book points out potential pitfalls so that you don't make the common mistakes that others would make.

As an experienced BlackBerry developer, I suggest this book as a must read for those who just started programming the BlackBerry. As any BlackBerry developer knows, in order to master the BlackBerry programming arena, one must first understand the BlackBerry infrastructure, because no matter what type of applications you maybe writing, sooner or later, the BlackBerry application has to interact with the BlackBerry infrastructure. "BlackBerry Professional" also goes over some of the hidden tools of Java Development Environment (JDE), the BlackBerry IDE from RIM, and help you write better BlackBerry applications. "BlackBerry Professional" gives you a good grasp of the development tool along with the BlackBerry infrastructure.

In addition, if you are interested in the BlackBerry web programming, this book also gives good primer on how to structure your website to "fit" a BlackBerry screen.

Furthermore, "BlackBerry Professional" also touches on developing Flash-like web animation, using Plasmic CDK, for the BlackBerry.

This is definitely one that will stay off your bookshelf and be on your desk for frequent usage.

Other stuff I recommend:

- BlackBerry for Dummies - BlackBerry user book

- BlackBerry Journal - [...]

- BlackBerry Goodies - [...]
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jay Collins on October 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is NOT "BlackBerry For Dummies". As stated in the introduction, the target audience for this book are software developers and IT staff who are interested or involved in developing for the burgeoning handheld market. The authors claim that to "provide enough information in each chapter to allow all technically savvy readers to follow along and understand the concepts." They succeed admirably. To avoid a false sense of security in some readers, it might have been a good idea to provide a "what you should know before reading this chapter", but the reader has been fairly warned.

The book is divided into two parts, consisting of a total of 14 chapters and 6 appendices. Each chapter covers a separate aspect of the BlackBerry development and support environment. The first 5 chapters briefly but clearly cover the BlackBerry system architecture, installation, deployment and upgrade procedures. While these chapters are necessarily short and are obviously meant as supplements to the product documentation, the reader is left with the feeling that he has had a peek behind the scenes and has been given many valuable tips towards anticipating, resolving or avoiding potentially troublesome areas.

Chapters 6 through 8 comprise the remainder of Part I and cover monitoring, managing and in general enhancing the user experience. Chapter 7 covers much of the less obvious material needed to consistently set up new corporate users. Chapter 8 in particular covers disaster-recovery planning, an often overlooked activity. The advice in this section is simple and direct, but assumes that the reader is already very familiar with their Lotus Domino or Windows BES (BlackBerry Enterprise Server) environment.

Part II is aimed squarely at developers, and the area where the book really delivers.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. P. Mens on July 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
Professional BlackBerry by Craig James Johnston & Richard Evers covers sundry facets of the BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES), deployment of BlackBerry devices as well as BlackBerry-application development. As such it is targeted at system administrators and developers. Having been published in 2005, Professional BlackBerry is of course only current up to version 4.0 of the enterprise software.

After describing the BES system architecture, the authors go into planning the first installation and deployment of the desktop software. Monitoring the BlackBerry environment and user management are followed by an interesting overview of desaster-recovery planning.

Part II is for developers and describes the MDS and its simulators. Pushing content to BlackBerrys is then followed by developing Java applications and The Plazmic Media Engine.

All in all, the book is valuable for the systems administrator or the developers planning to deploy a BlackBerry Enterprise Server, although I found the book is a bit "thin"; I'd have expected more in-depth information on the data flow between a BES and the device itself, as well as some insight to the internal structure of a BES server (configuration, databases, etc.). There is very little information about the myriad settings which can be deployed to devices, and the administration topics are a bit lacking as well. Be it coincidental or not, the WML examples in the development chapter look familiar to the ones in the BlackBerry Developer Journal and are by the same author. Are there no other examples to build upon?
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