RIM released the “gold” build of its BlackBerry 10 developer toolkit, which it said includes “all of the final tools, components and APIs” needed to build apps for the fledgling platforms.
While the company has been making tools available to its partners for some time, these have been beta releases rather than the final versions. The new tools will enable the creation of apps supporting BlackBerry 10 in time for its commercial release early next year.
According to the company, with the BlackBerry 10 launch “less than two months away”, developer interest for the platform “continues to grow”. A survey commissioned by RIM said that 58 percent of developers surveyed would recommend BlackBerry 10 as a development platform.
Alec Saunders, VP of developer relations and ecosystems for the company, said: “We have been actively engaged with developers from around the world for many months and as we near the final weeks toward the launch of BlackBerry 10, the growing dedication and commitment we see from our developer community is truly outstanding.”
RIM said that native C/C++ and Qt developers can use BlackBerry Cascades to build “visually stunning applications that offer deeper integration with core feature elements, such as BlackBerry Hub, than any other mobile platform today”.
In addition, HTML5 developers can use BlackBerry WebWorks to create apps which “deliver native-like performance and take advantage of core integration as well”.