12-29-2008, 03:32 PM
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Start by downloading the JDE and working through the sample apps that come with it. You'll want to match the version of the JDE to the version of the OS you plan to run on. Download the RIM Developer Guides and follow along with the sample apps. Then just roll up your sleeves and start coding. A little bit of trial and error and you will be well on your way.
You can also download the Eclipse plug-in if you have any experience with Eclipse (sounds like you don't, but you never know). I don't think the Eclipse plug-in is as easy to use with the sample apps, but you can still get them to work eventually. I mention the Eclipse plug-in because this is probably where RIM is going to focus their attention more and more with in the future, so you could save yourself a step in the future if the RIM JDE is no longer supported. It probably isn't as easy to work with if you are starting from scratch.
You can also work with .NET and Visual Studio of you want to go that route or the MDS Studio but you are somewhat limited with what you can do on the device. It all depends on what you want to do with your app. If you want complete control over everything the device can do, then Java would be the way to go. If you want to work with web services, then either the .NET plug-in or the MDS Studio would be the way to go. The .NET and MDS Studio are probably the quickest way to get an application up, but again it depends on what you are trying to do.
Hope that helps.