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Old 08-05-2008, 05:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone,

I am a linux sysadmin/coder by trade. I see that most of the development tools available for blackberry are either Java based or MS:VS based.. are there any tools a bit more along the lines of what I'm already familiar with? (perl/python, even c).

Trust me, I'm not knocking anyone's favorite language, it would simply be easier for me to develop in a language I already know, obviously.

Lastly, on the dev site on blackberry.com I see a "MDS Studio" which seems to be a UI of some sort designed to make developing for the BB quicker... but am I correct in gathering that this method requires a BB server to deploy any applications written in it?

If nothing else, I would be interested to know what strengths/weaknesses there are in choosing say Java over MS:VS's C++/whatever, or vice versa.

Thanks guys, I've always dreamed of being able to develop apps for my own phone/bb.
-Minipulator

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I'm a C# developer; Java is pretty much the same deal. If you're a good object oriented programmer, the specifics of the implementation aren't that earth rattling.

I think it's primarily the newer developers who get into the heated Java vs. Microsoft debate. Both platforms can be used to make garbage, or beautiful enterprise applications. They both have their strengths and weaknesses. But if you're a good software engineer, it doesn't really matter at the end of the day.

But I'd certainly stick with Java or C#, because moving back and forth between them is much easier.

You couldn't pay me enough to go back to C++, and I'd rather swallow a box of thumb tacks than go back to C.
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