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and to inspect the code that is inside of them?

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Unfortuntely (?) there is not.

Most Java applications are very easy to inspect -- there are numerous de-compilers available (many for free) that let you look inside the code. Even if the programmers used an obfuscator, the code can still be read pretty well.

But, as far as I can tell (based on extensive research and numerous conversations with RIM development team), there is no de-compiler available for .cod files. This is actually a real pain in the neck if you are trying to learn how to develop at the "hello world" level on the Blackberry -- when you work in the JDE your changes are made to the underlying Java files while you work. If you're not careful about saving multiple versions of files, you can very easily lose a bunch of work, and have no way to get it back -- the old .cod files are simply not available as a guide. This, in my opinion, sucks.

On the other hand, it makes developing for the Blackberry a bit more attractive -- you don't have to deal with the otherwise ever-present code theft Java programmers have to deal with all the time.

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