BlackBerry Java Development Environment - 4.7.0

BlackBerry Java Development Environment - 4.7.0
BlackBerry Java Development Environment
Version: 4.7.0
Fundamentals Guide
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Contents
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Understanding BlackBerry and programming for BlackBerry devices...............................................................................
Design principles for BlackBerry devices.....................................................................................................................................
Release cycles and versions...........................................................................................................................................................
BlackBerry Java Development Environment................................................................................................................................
Java ME and Java APIs for BlackBerry..........................................................................................................................................
Support for standard Java APIs.............................................................................................................................................
Support for Java API extensions...........................................................................................................................................
BlackBerry solutions.......................................................................................................................................................................
BlackBerry Enterprise Solution.............................................................................................................................................
BlackBerry Internet Service...................................................................................................................................................
BlackBerry MDS......................................................................................................................................................................
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Standalone applications.................................................................................................................................................................
Applications with desktop synchronization.................................................................................................................................
Applications with wireless access, wireless synchronization, or wireless alerting..................................................................
MIDlet applications........................................................................................................................................................................
CLDC applications..........................................................................................................................................................................
API control and code signing........................................................................................................................................................
Object modeling..............................................................................................................................................................................
Multithreading.................................................................................................................................................................................
Best practice: Using multithreading....................................................................................................................................
Best practices for writing an efficient BlackBerry Java Application.........................................................................................
Best practice: Writing efficient code....................................................................................................................................
Best practice: Using objects judiciously..............................................................................................................................
Best practice: Reducing the size of compiled code............................................................................................................
Multilanguage support...................................................................................................................................................................
Best practice: Storing text strings in resource files............................................................................................................
Multimedia support.........................................................................................................................................................................
Audio support..........................................................................................................................................................................
Imaging support.....................................................................................................................................................................
Video support..........................................................................................................................................................................
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BlackBerry device user input and navigation..............................................................................................................................
Trackwheel versus Trackball..................................................................................................................................................
Creating a UI that is consistent with standard BlackBerry UIs.................................................................................................
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Managing memory..........................................................................................................................................................................
BlackBerry device memory....................................................................................................................................................
Key resources to reserve........................................................................................................................................................
Best practice: Minimizing memory use................................................................................................................................
Managing low memory availability...............................................................................................................................................
Identifying low memory availability on a BlackBerry device.............................................................................................
Conserving resources.....................................................................................................................................................................
Best practice: Using efficient data structure selection......................................................................................................
Best practice: Consolidating objects into object groups...................................................................................................
Garbage collection on a BlackBerry device.................................................................................................................................
RAM garbage collection on a BlackBerry device................................................................................................................
Full garbage collection on a BlackBerry device..................................................................................................................
Idle garbage collection on a BlackBerry device..................................................................................................................
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Support for APIs to store data to persistent memory.................................................................................................................
Persistent Store APIs..............................................................................................................................................................
MIDP Record management system APIs.............................................................................................................................
File Connections APIs............................................................................................................................................................
Storage on removable media.........................................................................................................................................................
Accessing data on the microSD media card.......................................................................................................................
Backing up and synchronizing data..............................................................................................................................................
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Wireless gateways...........................................................................................................................................................................
Using the BlackBerry Enterprise Server as an network gateway......................................................................................
Using the wireless service provider's Internet gateway....................................................................................................
Alternative data transport options................................................................................................................................................
Using email to transport data...............................................................................................................................................
Using SMS to transport data................................................................................................................................................
Using PIN messaging to transport data..............................................................................................................................
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Adding custom menu items...........................................................................................................................................................
Integrating with BlackBerry Device Software applications.......................................................................................................
Accessing email and organizer data.............................................................................................................................................
Using BlackBerry Messenger with a BlackBerry Application....................................................................................................
Using listeners to respond to application changes....................................................................................................................
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Data encryption and the BlackBerry Application........................................................................................................................
Data encryption in transport.................................................................................................................................................
Data encryption on the BlackBerry device..........................................................................................................................
Access to memory...........................................................................................................................................................................
Authentication.................................................................................................................................................................................
BlackBerry device authentication and IT policy..................................................................................................................
Application authentication....................................................................................................................................................
Server-side authentication....................................................................................................................................................
Controlled APIs and code signing.................................................................................................................................................
BlackBerry APIs with controlled access........................................................................................................................................
IT policy support..............................................................................................................................................................................
Application control..........................................................................................................................................................................
File encryption on microSD cards.................................................................................................................................................
Encryption of data on a microSD media card.....................................................................................................................
Using the microSD media card with more than one BlackBerry device..........................................................................
IT policies and the microSD media card..............................................................................................................................
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Obfuscating a BlackBerry Java Application.................................................................................................................................
Preverifying a BlackBerry Java Application..................................................................................................................................
Testing applications on a BlackBerry Smartphone Simulator...................................................................................................
Testing applications on a BlackBerry device...............................................................................................................................
BlackBerry simulators.....................................................................................................................................................................
BlackBerry Smartphone Simulator.......................................................................................................................................
BlackBerry MDS Simulator....................................................................................................................................................
BlackBerry Email Simulator...................................................................................................................................................
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Application distribution through a computer connection..........................................................................................................
Distribute an application from a computer.........................................................................................................................
Distribute an application from a web page.........................................................................................................................
Distribute an application for testing....................................................................................................................................
Application distribution over the wireless network.....................................................................................................................
Wireless pull (user-initiated).................................................................................................................................................
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Understanding BlackBerry and programming for BlackBerry devices
Understanding BlackBerry and programming for
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BlackBerry® devices provide a Java® ME wireless environment that supports client/server applications. Application developers
can create a BlackBerry® Java Application that has sophisticated UIs for data entry and searching, and that supports
multithreading, internationalization, network communication, and local data storage. Applications can communicate with
networks using standard TCP and HTTP connections, regardless of the underlying wireless network.
Application developers can also create a BlackBerry Java Application that integrates tightly with core BlackBerry device
applications, such as the message list, organizer applications, phone, and browser, for an essentially seamless user experience.
Design principles for BlackBerry devices
Applications designed for BlackBerry® devices should provide a balance between the best possible user experience and a long
battery life. When you design your BlackBerry device application, consider the differences between mobile devices and computers.
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have a smaller screen size that can display a limited number of characters
have slower processor speeds
use wireless networks that have a longer latency period than standard LANs
have less available memory
have shorter battery life
display one screen at a time
Mobile device users use applications on their mobile device differently than they would use applications on a computer. On
mobile devices, users expect to find information quickly. For example, a CRM system can provide a massive amount of information,
but users only require a small amount of that information at one time. The BlackBerry device UI is designed so that users can
perform tasks easily and access information quickly.
When you design applications for BlackBerry devices, try to be as consistent as possible with other BlackBerry device applications.
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Use or extend existing UI components where possible so that your application can inherit the default behavior of the
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Follow the standard navigation model as closely as possible so that users can make full use of the keyboard and trackball.
Make all actions available from the menu. Verify that the actions available in the menu are relevant to users' current context.
When you design your application, also consider the following guidelines:
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Stay focused on users' immediate task. Simplify data selection and presentation to display only the information that users
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Display information in a way that makes effective use of the small screen.
Before you design your application, consider using the core applications on the BlackBerry device or the BlackBerry Smartphone
Simulator to learn more about the navigation model and best practices for designing your application's UI.
Release cycles and versions
All BlackBerry® devices include a specific version of the BlackBerry® Device Software and the BlackBerry® Java® Virtual Machine.
To determine the version of the BlackBerry Device Software for a BlackBerry device, in the device Options, click About. You can
upgrade the BlackBerry Device Software. For example, you can upgrade a BlackBerry device with BlackBerry Device Software
version 4.0 to BlackBerry Device Software version 4.1.
With each major release of the BlackBerry Device Software and the BlackBerry JVM, Research In Motion includes the
corresponding Java APIs and version of the BlackBerry® Java® Development Environment. The version of the BlackBerry Device
Software determines the version of the BlackBerry® Integrated Development Environment that you can use to develop
applications. For example, RIM released BlackBerry Device Software version 4.0 and BlackBerry JDE version 4.0 at the same
time. BlackBerry JDE version 4.0 includes support for the APIs that were introduced in BlackBerry Device Software version 4.0
and BlackBerry JVM version 4.0. Applications that you create using BlackBerry JDE Version 4.0 only work on BlackBerry devices
running BlackBerry Device Software version 4.0 or later.
You can use the following criteria to decide which version of the BlackBerry JDE to use to develop an application:
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If the application does not need to use specific BlackBerry device hardware features or newly released API extensions, use
BlackBerry JDE version 4.0 to develop the application.
If the application is designed to run only on the BlackBerry® Pearl™ 8100 smartphone, use BlackBerry JDE version 4.2 or
later.
BlackBerry Java Development Environment
The BlackBerry® Java® Development Environmentis a fully integrated development and simulation environment for building a
BlackBerry® Java Application for BlackBerry devices. With the BlackBerry JDE, developers can build applications using the Java®
ME programming language and the extended Java APIs for BlackBerry.
The BlackBerry Java Development Environment includes the following development tools:
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BlackBerry® Integrated Development Environment
BlackBerry Smartphone Simulator
Java ME APIs and BlackBerry APIs
sample applications
The BlackBerry IDE includes a full suite of editing and debugging tools that are optimized for the development of a BlackBerry
Java Application. TheBlackBerry Smartphone Simulator provides a complete Windows® type environment, and is designed to
simulate UIs and user interaction, network connections, email services, and wireless data synchronization.
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Java ME and Java APIs for BlackBerry
The BlackBerry Java Development Environment Component Package includes the following development tools for development
within third-party IDEs such as NetBeans™ or Eclipse™:
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RAPC: You can use this command prompt compiler to compile .java and .jar files into .cod files that you can run in the
BlackBerry Smartphone Simulator or on a BlackBerry device.
JavaLoader: You can use this tool to add or update an application on a BlackBerry device for testing, and to view information
about application .cod files.
BlackBerry® Signature Tool: You can use this tool to send code signature requests to the BlackBerry® Signing Authority
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Preverify Tool: You can use this tool to partially verify your classes before you load your application onto a BlackBerry device.
JDWP: You can use this tool to debug applications using third-party integrated development environments.
Java ME and Java APIs for BlackBerry
Java® ME is an industry standard platform that defines common sets of Java APIs for different types of wireless and embedded
devices. A Java ME application on a BlackBerry® device runs in the BlackBerry® Java® Virtual Machine, which provides all of the
runtime services to the applications and performs functions such as typical memory allocations, security checks, and garbage
collection.
The Java ME MIDP standard addresses the API and BlackBerry JVM needs of a constrained wireless device with a user interface.
The BlackBerry device supports the Java ME MIDP standard as defined in JSR 118. The Java MEMIDP standard provides a core
set of Java APIs that any BlackBerry device can support, regardless of its underlying operating system. Developers can often build
one Java application using the MIDP standard APIs and run that application on many different types of devices.
Support for standard Java APIs
The BlackBerry® device and the BlackBerry® Java® Development Environment support the Java® ME MIDP standard, which
provides a core set of Java APIs that you can use to develop wireless device applications. The BlackBerry device and the BlackBerry®
Java® Development Environment also support the following JSRs:
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JSR 30: Connected Limited Device Configuration Version 1.0
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(supported on devices with BlackBerry® Device Software version 4.0 or earlier)
JSR 37: Mobile Information Device Profile Version 1.0
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(supported on devices with BlackBerry Device Software Version 4.0 or earlier)
JSR 75: Portable Optional Packages for the J2ME Platform (PDAP) support for the PIM APIs only and the File Connection
API for Java ME (supported on devices with BlackBerry Device Software version 4.2 or later)
JSR 82: Java APIs for Bluetooth®
JSR 118: Mobile Information Device Profile Version 2.0
JSR 120: Wireless Messaging API (WMA) Version 1.1
JSR 135: Mobile Media APIs (MM API) Version 1.1
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JSR 172: J2ME Web Services
JSR 177: Security and Trust Services API for J2ME (SATSA)
JSR 179: Location API for Java ME
JSR 185: Java Technology for the Wireless Industry (JTWI)
JSR 205: Wireless Messaging API 2.0
JSR 211: Content Handler API
JSR 226: Scalable 2D Vector Graphics API for Java ME
JSR 238: Mobile Internationalization API
Support for Java API extensions
BlackBerry® devices support the following Java® APIs that are not part of the standard JSR definitions and that can provide
greater features and functionality over what is available in the standard MIDP API libraries.
API
Description
User Interface APIs
You can use these APIs to create screens, menu items, and all the components of
the user interface.
You can use these APIs to store custom data locally within your application.
You can use these APIs to establish network connections and read or write data to
a server-side application.
You can use the Event Listeners to respond to BlackBerry device user or systeminitiated events on a BlackBerry device.
You can use these APIs to integrate with the existing BlackBerry email, phone,
calendar, contacts, browser, camera, media player, and task list applications.
You can use these additional APIs for data encryption and compression, XML
parsing, Bluetooth® connectivity, location-based services, and so on.
Persistent Data Storage APIs
Networking and I/O APIs
Event Listeners
Application Integration APIs
Additional Utilities
BlackBerry solutions
BlackBerry® device users might use either the BlackBerry® Enterprise Server or the BlackBerry® Internet Service, or they can
use both on the same device. Understanding the differences between theBlackBerry Enterprise Server and the BlackBerry Internet
Service, and which types of users you plan to support, is important, as it might impact which modes of transport you use and how
you manage data synchronization.
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BlackBerry Enterprise Solution
The BlackBerry® Enterprise Server is part of the BlackBerry® Enterprise Solution. The BlackBerry Enterprise Server exists behind
the corporate firewall and provides a wireless gateway for BlackBerry device users in an organization to access corporate email
and organizer data. The BlackBerry Enterprise Server also provides the following key features:
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data encryption and compression
BlackBerry device management and monitoring utilities
simplified application provisioning
authenticated gateway for intranet access from a BlackBerry® Java Application
BlackBerry Internet Service
BlackBerry® device users who are not associated with a BlackBerry® Enterprise Server can use the BlackBerry® Internet
Service. The BlackBerry Internet Service is an email and Internet service for BlackBerry devices that is designed to provide users
with automatic delivery of email messages, wireless access to email attachments, and access to Internet content.
The BlackBerry Internet Service includes support for direct HTTP and TCP/IP connectivity to the Internet from a third-party
BlackBerry® Java Application.
BlackBerry MDS
To allow a BlackBerry® Java Application access to resources behind the corporate firewall, the BlackBerry® Enterprise Server
includes the BlackBerry® Mobile Data System. The BlackBerry MDS provides HTTP and TCP/IP proxies for a BlackBerry Java
Application, which allow the BlackBerry device to communicate with application and web servers behind the corporate firewall
without additional VPN software. Applications that send data using the BlackBerry Enterprise Server as a gateway can capitalize
on the simplified enterprise connectivity, data encryption and compression, and wireless network-independence that the
BlackBerry® Enterprise Solution offers. BlackBerry MDS also provides an open interface, allowing server-side applications behind
the corporate firewall to push content to applications on BlackBerry devices.
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BlackBerry Java Application design
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Standalone applications
You can use the BlackBerry® APIs to build standalone applications, such as games and static reference guides that can run as
offline applications. You can add the required resource data to an application before you compile it. BlackBerry device users can
install the application over the wireless network or with the BlackBerry® Desktop Software. After an application is installed on
the BlackBerry device, it does not need to connect to the wireless network or to a computer.
Applications with desktop synchronization
You can use the BlackBerry® APIs to build applications with desktop synchronization capabilities, such as reference guides and
organizer applications. The user connects the BlackBerry device to a computer to manage and synchronize data that is located
on the computer.
Research In Motion® does not provide HotSync® conduits or any other direct database synchronization module. You must build
the synchronization code, and the BlackBerry device user must initiate the data synchronization process manually. After the
application is installed on the BlackBerry device, the BlackBerry device user must synchronize information manually by connecting
their BlackBerry device to the computer with a serial connection, a USB connection, or a Bluetooth® connection.
Applications with wireless access, wireless synchronization, or wireless
alerting
You can use the BlackBerry® APIs to build applications that push content proactively over the wireless network to BlackBerry
devices in environments that use the BlackBerry® Enterprise Server. A BlackBerry® Java Application for BlackBerry devices uses
a wireless connection to the Internet or the corporate intranet to provide BlackBerry device users with access to remote data and
applications. The BlackBerry® Java® Development Environment provides APIs you can use in applications to establish network
connections to servers on the Internet or the corporate intranet.
MIDlet applications
The MIDlet application model is part of the MIDP specification. The main class of a MIDlet always extends the MIDlet class and
it must use methods for startApp(), pauseApp(), and destroyApp().
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Applications can use only the user interface APIs that exist in the
javax.microedition.lcdui library.
The model assumes that all application processes terminate when the
application closes.
Applications cannot start automatically in the background when the device
turns on.
CLDC applications
The CLDC application model is a specification of a framework for Java® ME. A CLDC application extends the
UiApplication class and starts with a standard main() method.
Most of the sample applications that the BlackBerry® Java® Development Environmentincludes use the CLDC application model.
All of the core BlackBerry applications (including message list, contacts list, calendar, and the browser) are built as CLDC
applications.
Advantages
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BlackBerry User Interface APIs provide more
functionality and flexibility than the standard
javax.microedition.lcdui
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Applications can run active background
threads after they have closed.
Applications can start automatically in the
background when the device turns on.
Applications can use IPC APIs to exchange
information with other applications.
Developers can create reusable library
modules that CLDC applications can import.
Applications are not portable to other devices.
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API control and code signing
API control and code signing
When you develop a BlackBerry® Java Application for BlackBerry devices, you can use only the public Java APIs that are published
and documented in the Javadoc™ documents in the BlackBerry® Java® Development Environment. The BlackBerry® Java® Virtual
Machine on the BlackBerry device is designed to protect the underlying data and operating system, so applications cannot call
undocumented or unsupported APIs or access data that is not explicitly exposed through the APIs. If you try to use Java APIs
that are not publicly exposed, your application receives an error message at runtime.
Public APIs are either open or signed. Signed APIs expose the methods to access BlackBerry device user data or other information
on the BlackBerry device that is considered sensitive. You can use signed APIs, but you must request and receive a set of code
signing keys from Research In Motion. You must then digitally sign your application before you install it on a BlackBerry device.
Code signing does not certify or approve an application; it allowsRIM to identify the author of an application that uses sensitive
APIs, if the application is malicious.
To request a set of code signing keys, visit www.blackberry.com/developers/downloads/jde/api.shtml. You will receive your set
of code signing keys in about 10 days.
Object modeling
Whether you use the MIDlet or the CLDC application model, you must use an object-oriented approach when you design your
application for the BlackBerry® device. In an object-oriented approach, developers use objects to contain the code that is common
to a specific process or function. For example, a developer might use separate objects to control networking activity, data storage,
data processing and manipulation, and user interface interaction. When you design your application, start with a good object
model.
Multithreading
The BlackBerry® operating system is a multithreaded operating system, which means that many applications and processes can
run actively on the BlackBerry device at the same time. For example, applications can use background threads to manage
processor-intensive tasks or network communications so that they do not affect the main thread. If an application creates
background threads, and a BlackBerry device user closes the application, the background threads can remain active.
Best practice: Using multithreading
Make effective use of the multithreading capabilities of the BlackBerry® operating system. In particular, always create a new
thread for network connections or other lengthy operations (more than one-tenth of a second). Use background threads for
listeners or other processes that run in the background when the application starts.
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Best practices for writing an efficient BlackBerry Java Application
Best practice: Writing efficient code
To allow a BlackBerry® Java® Application to use resources efficiently, consider the following guidelines:
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Use local variables.
Use shorthand for evaluating Boolean conditions.
Make classes final.
Use int instead of long.
Avoid garbage collection.
Use static variables for Strings.
Avoid the String(String) constructor.
Write efficient loops.
Optimize subexpressions.
Optimize division operations.
Avoid java.util.Enumeration.
Perform casts using instanceof.
Evaluate conditions using instanceof.
Avoid using StringBuffer.append (StringBuffer).
Avoid returning null.
Avoid passing null into methods.
Use caution when passing null into a constructor.
Use long for unique identifiers.
Exit applications correctly.
Print the stack trace.
Using local variables
Use local variables whenever possible. Access to local variables is more efficient than access to class members.
Using shorthand for evaluating Boolean conditions
To evaluate a Boolean condition, use shorthand. The resulting compiled code is shorter.
Code sample
return( boolean_expression );
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Making classes final
When you create code libraries, mark classes as final if you know that developers will never extend them. The presence of the
final keyword allows the compiler to generate more efficient code.
By default, the BlackBerry® Java® Development Environment compiler marks any classes that you do not extend in an
application .cod file as final.
Using int instead of long
In Java®, a long is a 64-bit integer. Because BlackBerry® devices use a 32-bit processor, operations can run two to four times
faster if you use an int instead of a long.
Avoiding garbage collection
Avoid calling System.gc() to perform a garbage collection operation because it might take too much time on
BlackBerry® devices with limited available memory. Let the BlackBerry® Java® Virtual Machine collect garbage.
Using static variables for Strings
When you define static fields (also called class fields) of type String, you can increase application speed by using static
variables (not final) instead of constants (final). The opposite is true for primitive data types, such as int.
For example, you might create a String object as follows:
private static final String x ="example";
For this static constant (denoted by the final keyword), each time that you use the constant, a temporary String instance
is created. The compiler eliminates "x" and replaces it with the string "example" in the bytecode, so that the
BlackBerry® Java® Virtual Machine performs a hash table lookup each time that you reference "x" .
In contrast, for a static variable (no final keyword), the String is created once. The BlackBerry JVM performs the hash table
lookup only when it initializes "x" , so access is faster.
private static String x = "example";
You can use public constants (that is, final fields), but you must mark variables as private.
Avoiding the String(String) constructor
In a BlackBerry® Java Application, each quoted string is an instance of the java.lang.String class. Create a String
without using the java.lang.String(String) constructor.
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Code sample
String str = "abc";
String str = "found " + n + " items";
Writing efficient loops
If your container is likely to contain more than one element, assign the size to a local variable.
If the order in which you iterate through items is not important, you can iterate backward to avoid the extra local variable on the
stack and to make the comparison faster.
Code sample
int size = vector.size();
for( int i = 0; i < size; ++i ) {
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for( int i = vector.size() - 1; i >= 0; --i ) {
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}
Optimizing subexpressions
If you use the same expression twice, use a local variable.
Code sample
int tmp = i+1; one( tmp ); two( tmp );
Optimizing division operations
Division operations can be slow on BlackBerry® devices because the processor does not have a hardware divide instruction.
When your code divides a positive number by two, use shift right by one (>> 1). Use the shift right (>>) only when you know
that you are working with a positive value.
Code sample
int = width >> 1;
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Avoiding java.util.Enumeration
Avoid using java.util.Enumeration objects unless you want to hide data (in other words, to return an enumeration
of the data instead of the data itself). Asking a vector or hash table for an Enumeration object is slow and creates unnecessary
garbage. If another thread might modify the vector, synchronize the iteration. The Java® SE uses an Iterator object for
similar operations, but Iterator objects are not available in the Java® ME.
Code sample
for( int i = v.size() - 1; i >=0; --i ) {
o = v.elementAt( i );
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synchronized( v ) {
for( int i = v.size() - 1; i >=0; --i ) {
o = v.elementAt( i );
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}
Performing casts using instanceof
Use instanceof to evaluate whether a cast succeeds.
Code sample
if( x instanceof String ) {
(String)x.whatever();
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Evaluating conditions using instanceof
To produce smaller and faster code, if you evaluate a condition using instanceof, do not evaluate explicitly whether the
variable is null.
Code sample
if( e instanceof ExampleClass ) { ... }
if( ! ( e instanceof ExampleClass ) ) { ... }
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Avoiding StringBuffer.append (StringBuffer)
To append a String buffer to another, a BlackBerry® Java Application should use
net.rim.device.api.util.StringUtilities.append
( StringBuffer dst, StringBuffer src[, int offset, int length ] ).
Code sample
public synchronized StringBuffer append(Object obj) {
if (obj instanceof StringBuffer) {
StringBuffer sb = (StringBuffer)obj;
net.rim.device.api.util.StringUtilities.append( this, sb, 0, sb )
return this;
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return append(String.valueOf(obj));
}
Avoiding returning null
If you write a public method that returns an object, the method should return null only under the following conditions:
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Your application expects a null value to occur during normal application operation.
The Javadoc™ @return parameter for the method states that null is a possible return value.
If your application does not expect a null return value, the method should throw an appropriate exception, which forces the caller
of the method to deal explicitly with the problem. The caller of the method might not need to check for a null return value unless
the caller of the method throws a null exception.
Avoiding passing null into methods
Do not pass null parameters into an API method unless the API Reference states explicitly that the method supports them.
Using caution when passing null into a constructor
To avoid ambiguity when passing null into a constructor, cast null to the appropriate object.
If a class has two or more constructors, passing in a null parameter might not uniquely identify which constructor to use. As a
result, the compiler reports an error.
By casting null to the appropriate object, you indicate precisely which constructor the compiler should use. This practice also
provides forward compatibility if later releases of the API add new constructors.
Code sample
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new someObject ((someObject)null );
Using longs for unique identifiers
Use a long identifier instead of a String identifier for unique constants, such as GUIDs, hash table keys, and state or context
identifiers.
For identifiers to remain unique across a BlackBerry® Java Application, use keys that an application generates based on a hash
of a String. In the input String, include enough information to make the identifier unique. For example, use a fully qualified
package name such as com.rim.samples.docs.helloworld.
Exiting applications correctly
Before you invoke System.exit(int status), perform any necessary cleanup, such as removing objects from the
runtime store that applications no longer require.
Printing the stack trace
When you debug your application, to view the stack trace, catch a Throwable instance.
Code sample
catch (Throwable t) {
t.printStackTrace();
}
Best practice: Using objects judiciously
To allow a BlackBerry® Java Application to efficiently use memory resources, consider the following questions:
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Can your application store any objects that represent primitives, such as Long, Integer, and Boolean, as primitives
instead of as objects?
Are all of the persisted objects necessary?
Do any instances of Vector and Hashtable exist? Are these instances necessary? If so, how many Object handles
are not used in the Vector or Hashtable because the initial size is greater than the needed size?
How many Objects does your application create and then throw away? In other words, how many scope-specific
Objects does your application create?
Best practice: Reducing the size of compiled code
To reduce the size of compiled code, consider the following guidelines:
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Best practices for writing an efficient BlackBerry Java Application
Set appropriate access.
Avoid creating interfaces.
Use static inner classes.
Avoid unnecessary field initialization.
Import individual classes.
Setting appropriate access
When you create code libraries, you can significantly reduce the size of your compiled code by using the appropriate access
modifiers for fields and methods. Declare fields as private whenever possible. In addition to being good coding practice, this
allows the compiler to optimize the .cod file. When possible, use the default (package) access instead of public access (that
is, omit the public and protected keywords).
Avoiding creating interfaces
When you create API libraries, avoid creating interfaces unless you foresee multiple implementations of the API. Interfaces
produce larger, slower code.
Using static inner classes
When you use an inner class to hide one class inside another, but the inner class does not reference the outer class object, declare
the inner class as static. This action prevents the creation of a reference to the outer class.
If you use an inner class for name scoping, make it static.
Code sample
class outer {
static class inner {
...
}
}
Avoiding unnecessary field initialization
Where possible, allow fields to initialize automatically as follows:
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int, byte, or long is initialized to 0
Boolean is initialized to false
You must explicitly initialize local variables in a method.
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Code sample
class BetterExample {
private int fieldsCount;
private Field _fieldWithFocus;
private boolean _validLayout;
private boolean _validLayout;
}
Importing individual classes
A BlackBerry® Java Application that uses only a small number of classes from a package should only import the individual classes.
Code sample
import net.rim.blackberry.api.browser.Browser;
Multilanguage support
The BlackBerry® Integrated Development Environment includes a resource mechanism for creating string resources. The
Localization API is part of the net.rim.device.api.i18n package. MIDP applications do not support localization.
TheBlackBerry Integrated Development Environment stores resources for a locale in a ResourceBundle object. A
ResourceBundleFamily object contains a collection of ResourceBundles, which groups the resources for an
application. The application can switch languages, depending on the locale of the BlackBerry device user, without requiring new
resource bundles.
You can use the BlackBerry Integrated Development Environment to compile each resource bundle into a separately compiled .cod
file. You can load the appropriate .cod files onto BlackBerry devices with the other .cod files for the application.
Resources are organized in a hierarchy based on inheritance. If a string is not defined in a locale, a string from the next closest
locale is used.
Best practice: Storing text strings in resource files
Instead of using text in source code, design applications to use resource files for localization (adapt to specific languages and
regions).
Consider the following guidelines:
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Store the text strings for each locale in a single resource file.
In your source code, use unique identifiers to make use of the appropriate resource files.
Design the application to dynamically retrieve the appropriate resource file to display to the BlackBerry® device user based
on the locale of the BlackBerry device user.
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Multimedia support
Multimedia support
Audio support
You can create a BlackBerry® Java Application that works with the audio formats that a BlackBerry device supports. The type of
audio format that a BlackBerry device supports depends on the BlackBerry device model number.
For more information about audio support on a BlackBerry device, visit www.blackberry.com/developers.
Imaging support
On a BlackBerry® device that includes a camera, when a BlackBerry device user takes a picture, the BlackBerry device stores the
picture in the file system on the BlackBerry device. A BlackBerry® Java Application can access the pictures by using the File
Connection API for Java ME that is available in BlackBerry® Java® Development Environment version 4.2 or later. The BlackBerry
Java Application can invoke the camera application and listen for events when images are added to the file system.
Video support
You can create a BlackBerry® Java Application that displays images and uses the graphics API classes to work with multimedia
content to play a video file on BlackBerry devices that include an integrated media player.
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UI and navigation design
UI and navigation design
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BlackBerry device user input and navigation
BlackBerry® devices include a keyboard, a trackwheel or trackball, and an Escape key, for input and navigation. The Escape key
provides an easy way for BlackBerry device users to go back to the previous screen or remove a menu or dialog box from the
screen.
A BlackBerry® Java Application for BlackBerry devices should use the following input and navigation model as closely as possible.
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Clicking the trackwheel or trackball typically invokes a menu.
Pressing the Escape key changes the display to the previous screen or closes the application from the main screen.
By default, the BlackBerry screen objects provide this functionality without customization; however, you must add menu items
and additional UI and navigation logic.
Trackwheel versus Trackball
Trackball sensitivity
Trackball sensitivity refers to the amount of trackball movement that is required for the system to identify the movement as a
navigation event, and to dispatch a navigation event to the software layer. The BlackBerry® device hardware measures physical
trackball movement using units called ticks. When the number of ticks along an axis surpasses the threshold of the system or a
BlackBerry® Java Application, a navigation event along that axis is dispatched to the software layer, and the system resets the
tick count to zero. Tick counts are also reset to zero after a certain amount of idle time passes.
You can use the TrackBall API to set the trackball sensitivity. High trackball sensitivity equates to a smaller tick threshold, which
means that small trackball movements will trigger navigation events. Conversely, low trackball sensitivity equates to a larger tick
threshold, which means that larger trackball movements are required to generate navigation events.
Trackball movement
You can use the Trackball API to filter the trackball movement data that the BlackBerry® device hardware sends to the software
layer. The Trackball API can filter out movement "noise" or unwanted movements.
You can also use the Trackball API to change settings such as trackball movement acceleration. Increasing the trackball movement
acceleration setting can result in the software layer identifying trackball movements as moving at a faster rate than the rate
detected by the BlackBerry device hardware, as long as the user continually rolls the trackball. The trackball sensitivity temporarily
increases as the user rolls the trackball without pausing.
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Creating a UI that is consistent with standard BlackBerry UIs
Trackwheel
BlackBerry® devices that precede the BlackBerry® Pearl™ 8100 Series do not include a trackball. Instead, they include a trackwheel
on the right side of the device. The trackwheel is the primary control for user navigation.
Users can
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roll the trackwheel to move the cursor vertically
roll the trackwheel while pressing the Alt key to move the cursor horizontally
click the trackwheel to select objects or open the menu
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for both.
Creating a UI that is consistent with standard BlackBerry UIs
You can use standard MIDP APIs and BlackBerry® UI APIs to create BlackBerry® Java Application UIs.
The BlackBerry UI APIs are a library of UI components that are designed to provide default layouts and behaviors that are
consistent with the core BlackBerry device applications.
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Screen components provide a standard screen layout, a default menu, and a standard behavior when the BlackBerry device
user presses the Escape key or clicks the trackwheel or trackball.
Field components provide standard UI elements for date selection, options, check boxes, lists, text fields and labels, and
progress bar controls.
Layout managers provide an application with the ability to arrange components on a BlackBerry device screen in standard
ways, such as horizontally, vertically, or in a left-to-right flow.
You can use the BlackBerry UI APIs to create UIs that include tables, grids, and other specialized features. The BlackBerry Java
Development Environment uses a standard Java event model to receive and respond to specific types of events. Applications can
receive and respond to BlackBerry device user events, such as when the BlackBerry device user clicks the trackwheel, clicks the
trackball, or types on the keyboard, and to system events, such as global alerts, real-time clock changes, and USB port connections.
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Managing memory
The BlackBerry® Java® Virtual Machine manages memory usage on the BlackBerry device. The BlackBerry JVM allocates memory,
performs garbage collection, and automatically swaps data between SRAM and flash memory. The BlackBerry JVM must also
share available memory between the BlackBerry device applications and the BlackBerry® Java Application. The memory
capabilities represent the total amount of available memory, which is larger than the available working memory when all of the
applications and associated application data exist on the BlackBerry device.
BlackBerry device memory
BlackBerry® devices include the following types of memory:
Memory
Description
flash
The BlackBerry operating system and all application modules are stored persistently
in flash memory. When a BlackBerry device user turns on the BlackBerry device, the
core operating system and the BlackBerry® Java Application modules use
approximately 10 MB to 15 MB of flash memory, depending on the version. Flash
memory can store the BlackBerry device user's email messages, organizer data, and
other personal information, as well as the data that a BlackBerry Java Application
stores in memory.
SRAM controls the transient data objects and runtime processes.
The microSD card stores media files, documents, and persistent data from a
BlackBerry Java Application.
SRAM
microSD expandible memory card
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Flash memory: The persistent storage space that is available on the BlackBerry® device is a fixed amount of flash memory,
typically in the range of 8 MB to 64 MB.
Persistent object handles: The handles that are assigned to each persistent object are consumed only by persistent objects.
The amount of flash memory on the BlackBerry device determines the fixed number of persistent object handles in the
system.
Object handles: Each object and array of primitives has an object handle associated with it. The amount of flash memory
on the BlackBerry device determines the fixed number of object handles in the system.
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Managing low memory availability
Best practice: Minimizing memory use
To minimize runtime memory, consider the following guidelines:
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Use primitive types (such as int or Boolean) instead of objects (such as String or Integer).
Do not depend entirely on the garbage collector.
Avoid creating many objects quickly.
Set object references to null when you are finished using them.
Reuse objects as much as possible.
Move heavy processing to the server. For example, you can filter or sort data before sending it to the BlackBerry® device.
Managing low memory availability
The low memory manager handles memory resources on the BlackBerry® device when the available memory resources fall below
a certain threshold. The low memory manager attempts to free used memory to provide more available memory on the BlackBerry
device. All applications, including BlackBerry® Java Applications, should work with the low memory manager to free as much
memory as possible when the BlackBerry device is low on memory resources.
Identifying low memory availability on a BlackBerry device
The following conditions can cause the low memory manager to attempt to free memory resources:
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The amount of available flash memory on the BlackBerry® device falls below a certain threshold. The flash memory threshold
depends on the amount of free RAM in the system. The flash memory threshold ranges between 400 KB and 800 KB.
The number of persistent object handles that are available on the BlackBerry device falls below 1000 persistent object
handles.
The number of object handles that are available on the BlackBerry device falls below 1000 object handles.
Conserving resources
Best practice: Using efficient data structure selection
Data structure selection defines how many object handles and how much flash memory a BlackBerry® Java Application consumes.
Improper data structure selection can consume key resources without improving the BlackBerry Java Application functionality
or the BlackBerry device user experience.
Consider the following guidelines:
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The data structure should consist of the minimum possible number of objects, especially when you use high-level objects
like a Vector or a Hashtable. These classes provide significant functionality but are not efficient storage mechanisms
and you should avoid using them in the persistent store if possible.
When possible, use primitives instead of objects, because primitives reduce the number of object handles that are consumed
on the BlackBerry device. An array of primitives is an object and consumes an object handle.
String objects are as efficient as byte arrays. A String object consumes only one object handle and is equivalent if
your application stores all of the characters as a byte. In other words, the value of each character is less than or equal to
the decimal value of 255. If your application cannot store characters as a byte, you can store the characters as a
String because it is equivalent to storing a char array.
Best practice: Consolidating objects into object groups
One of the most common errors that application developers encounter is an exhaustion of persistent object handles. The amount
of flash memory on the BlackBerry® device determines the fixed number of persistent object handles that are available in the
system. Depending on the data structure selection, stored records can quickly exhaust the number of persistent object handles.
A persistent object consumes a persistent object handle and an object handle. A transient object consumes only an object handle.
For example, a record that contains ten String fields, which represent items like a name, a phone number, and an address,
consumes 11 persistent object handles, one for the record object and one for each String. If a BlackBerry® Java Application
persists 3000 records, the application consumes 33,000 persistent object handles, which exceeds the number of persistent object
handles available on a BlackBerry device with 16 MB of flash memory.
You can use the net.rim.device.api.system.ObjectGroup class to consolidate the object handles for an object
into one group. Using the example in the previous paragraph, if you group the record, the record consumes one persistent object
handle instead of 11. The object handles for the String fields consolidate under the record object handle.
When you consolidate object handles into one group, the object handle is read-only. You must ungroup the object before you
can change it. After you complete the changes, group the object again. If you attempt to change a grouped object without first
ungrouping it, an ObjectGroupReadOnlyException is thrown.
Ungrouping an object has a performance impact. The system creates a copy of the grouped object and allocates handles to each
of the objects inside that group. Therefore, objects should only be ungrouped when necessary.
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Garbage collection on a BlackBerry device
RAM garbage collection on a BlackBerry device
The BlackBerry® Java® Virtual Machine initiates a RAM garbage collection operation only when the BlackBerry JVM cannot
allocate an object because of a lack of space in RAM. The RAM garbage collection operation typically takes 500 to 600 milliseconds
to execute. The garbage collection operation removes any freshly allocated variables that are no longer referenced in RAM. To
make sure that the lack of a reference in RAM is a sufficient condition for removing the object, a RAM garbage collection operation
can only be performed when objects have not been paged out to flash memory.
Full garbage collection on a BlackBerry device
The full garbage collection operation executes for 1 second on average and should take less than 2 seconds to complete. The full
garbage collection operation performs the following actions:
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It performs a RAM garbage collection operation.
It marks objects in flash memory that are no longer referenced or no longer persisted.
It releases any nonpersistent object handles in RAM and flash memory.
The system might initiate a full garbage collection operation in the following situations:
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A process is about to exceed its currently allocated heap size.
The BlackBerry JVM cannot allocate a new object because the object handles are not available.
The BlackBerry device is idle.
Idle garbage collection on a BlackBerry device
Garbage collection does not occur every time that the BlackBerry® device idles. It occurs only when the system considers a
garbage collection operation to be beneficial for optimal system performance and maximized battery performance.
To improve performance without impacting the BlackBerry device user experience, the system attempts to perform the following
garbage collection operations when the BlackBerry device idles:
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A thorough garbage collection operation can occur when the BlackBerry device idles for a significant period of time.
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Data management
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The BlackBerry® device provides APIs for storing data to persistent memory on the BlackBerry device. The BlackBerry Persistent
Store APIs and the MIDP RMS APIs (support for JSR 37 and JSR 118) are available on all Java® based BlackBerry devices. A
BlackBerry device that runs BlackBerry® Device Software version 4.2 or later provides a traditional file system and support for
saving content directly to the file system using JSR 75 APIs. With either the BlackBerry Persistent Store APIs or the MIDP RMS
APIs, you can store data persistently to flash memory. The data persists even if you remove the battery from the BlackBerry device.
Support for APIs to store data to persistent memory
Persistent Store APIs
The BlackBerry® Persistent Store APIs are designed to provide a flexible and robust data storage interface. With the BlackBerry
Persistent Store APIs, you can save entire Java® objects to memory without having to serialize the data first. When you start the
application, you can retrieve the Java object from memory and process the information. No size limit exists on a persistent store;
however, the limit for an individual object within the store is 64 KB.
The BlackBerry Persistent Store APIs do not provide a relational database model. You must create an effective object model and
manage the relationships between objects, as necessary, using indices and hash tables.
MIDP Record management system APIs
The RMS APIs provide a simple record management system that allows you to create a data store object and persist a series of
records within that object. Each record is a byte array, so you must first serialize your data into a byte array format before storing
it locally. The RMS APIs do not provide any inherent indexing or relationships between records. The size limit for a single RMS
data store is a maximum of 64 KB. An application can create multiple RMS data stores to persist larger amounts of data. The
RMS APIs are part of the standard MIDP specification, so all devices that can support MIDP can also support the RMS APIs.
File Connections APIs
The File Connection APIs provide a traditional file system, and support for saving data directly to the file system on the
BlackBerry® device or to a microSD card. You can view data in the file system and move the data to a computer by using
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Storage on removable media
Accessing data on the microSD media card
The javax.microedition.io.file package supports the JSR 75 File Connection APIs and is used in applications to
access the file system for the microSD media card. You can also implement the FileConnection interface to access
BlackBerry® device ring tones and camera images.
Class or interface
Description
ConnectionClosedException This exception is thrown when an application invokes a method on a closed file
connection.
FileConnection
An application can use this API to access files or directories.
FileSystemListener
An application can use this API to receive status notifications when the application
adds or removes a file system root.
FileSystemRegistry
An application can use this API as a central registry for file system listeners that
listen for the addition or removal of file systems.
IllegalModeException
This exception is thrown when a method requires a specific security mode (for
example READ or WRITE) and the open connection is not in that mode.
Backing up and synchronizing data
The BlackBerry® Desktop Manager provides a backup and restore tool that a BlackBerry device user can use to save BlackBerry
device data to a file on a computer and to restore data to the BlackBerry device.
When an application uses the Synchronization API, the BlackBerry Desktop Manager can back up and restore the application
database at the same time as other BlackBerry device databases. You can use the Synchronization API to create data archives
or to populate application databases the first time the BlackBerry device connects to the BlackBerry device user’s computer.
To synchronize data to remote data sources, you must build the synchronization logic into your BlackBerry Java® Application.
Most applications send data to a server-side application using standard HTTP or TCP/IP protocols over the wireless network and
the Internet or corporate intranet. You can use XML APIs to generate and parse XML-formatted data to send and receive over
the wireless network. However, your client-side and server-side applications must read and write the data properly and
acknowledge the successful transmission.
A BlackBerry Java Application might connect to a computer-based application to send the data over a USB connection using the
BlackBerry Desktop Synchronization APIs and the BlackBerry Desktop Manager. In this case, you must build an application for
Windows® that can read the data from the client through an add-in task for the BlackBerry Desktop Manager. The BlackBerry
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device user must manually execute the synchronization by running the BlackBerry Desktop Manager add-in, which notifies the
application on the BlackBerry device to send the data to the computer application. You can also write data to the computer
application using the native USB protocols.
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Wireless data transport
Wireless data transport
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Wireless gateways
Java® applications for BlackBerry® devices can use standard HTTP, HTTPS, and TCP socket protocols to establish connections
over the wireless network. When an application establishes a connection over the wireless network, it can use one of two wireless
gateways to proxy the connection to the Internet or to the corporate intranet. You can design your application to rely on the
default gateway that is available to the BlackBerry device user, or you can customize your code to choose a preferred gateway.
Design your application to explicitly choose the preferred gateway for the connection and use the default gateway if the preferred
method is not available. This might minimize the number of network connection issues that your customers face and let your
application use a consistent connectivity model across all network types and wireless operators.
Using the BlackBerry Enterprise Server as an network gateway
When you use the BlackBerry® Enterprise Server as a network gateway, all traffic between your application and the BlackBerry
Enterprise Server is encrypted using AES or triple DES encryption. Because the BlackBerry Enterprise Server is located behind
the organization's firewall and provides inherent data encryption, applications can communicate with application servers and
web servers that are located on the organization's intranet. The BlackBerry® Mobile Data System component of the BlackBerry
Enterprise Server includes the BlackBerry MDS Services, which provides an HTTP and TCP/IP proxy service to allow the
BlackBerry® Java® Application to use it as a secure gateway for managing HTTP and TCP/IP connections to the intranet.
If your application connects to the Internet, you might be able to use the BlackBerry Enterprise Server as a gateway. Network
requests travel behind the organization's firewall to the BlackBerry Enterprise Server, which makes the network request to the
Internet through the corporate firewall. Administrators can set an IT policy to make sure that the BlackBerry Enterprise Server
is the gateway for all wireless network traffic, including traffic destined for the Internet.
If your application connects to the Internet, you can also use either the BlackBerry® Internet Service or the Internet gateway of
the wireless server provider to manage connections.
Using the wireless service provider's Internet gateway
Most wireless service providers provide an Internet gateway that offers direct TCP/IP connectivity to the Internet. Some wireless
service providers also provide a WAP gateway that allows HTTP connections to occur over the WAP protocol. A BlackBerry® Java®
Application can use either of these gateways to connect to the Internet. If your application is for BlackBerry device users who
are on a specific wireless network, using the wireless service provider's Internet gateway can often yield good results. If your
application is for BlackBerry device users on a variety of wireless networks, testing your application against the different Internet
gateways and achieving a consistent and reliable experience can be challenging. You might find it useful to use the BlackBerry®
Internet Service, and use the wireless service provider’s Internet gateway as a default connection type if the BlackBerry Internet
Service is not available.
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Alternative data transport options
Alternative data transport options
Using email to transport data
You can use the BlackBerry® APIs to create aBlackBerry® Java® Application that uses email as a transport mechanism for sending
and receiving data. Email can be an effective way to proactively distribute content to BlackBerry device users if the traditional
push models are not available. A BlackBerry Java Application can use the BlackBerry APIs to send email messages and listen for
inbound email messages. A BlackBerry Java Application can also access the details and headers of email messages that are stored
locally on the BlackBerry device and register listeners for changes in the status of an email message.
Using SMS to transport data
You can use the BlackBerry® APIs to create applications that use SMS as a transport mechanism for sending and receiving data.
The BlackBerry APIs allow an application to send SMS messages and listen for inbound SMS messages.
Using PIN messaging to transport data
PIN messaging uses the data channel rather than the voice channel and allows you to address the destination BlackBerry® device
by its unique PIN number. PIN messaging can only be used to send data from one BlackBerry device to another. The BlackBerry
APIs can also allow an application to programmatically send and receive BlackBerry PIN messages. PIN messaging can be an
effective way to implement PIN applications targeting BlackBerry device users only.
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BlackBerry application integration
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Adding custom menu items
A BlackBerry® Java® Application can add custom menu items to the menu on the BlackBerry device for the email, organizer, and
phone applications. When a BlackBerry device user selects the custom menu item, theBlackBerry Java Application starts with a
reference to the object that the BlackBerry device user selects. For example, a BlackBerry Java Application can add a menu item
called Show Location of Sender to the email application. When the BlackBerry device user selects the menu item, the BlackBerry
Java Application starts with a reference to the email object that is currently highlighted or that the user opens. The BlackBerry
Java Application uses the email address of the sender to determine the location of the sender by retrieving the email address
from the contact list, or by retrieving data from a remote server, and then comes to the foreground and displays a map.
Integrating with BlackBerry Device Software applications
A BlackBerry® device application can invoke a BlackBerry Device Software application such as the email, organizer, phone,
browser, and camera applications to perform an action or display information. The following examples demonstrate how a
BlackBerry device application can invoke a BlackBerry Device Software application:
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The BlackBerry device application invokes the calendar to display a specific date or calendar entry.
The BlackBerry device application invokes the address book to display a specific contact.
The BlackBerry device application invokes the browser to open a specific web address.
The BlackBerry device application invokes the phone to dial a specific number.
Accessing email and organizer data
A BlackBerry® Java® Application can use the BlackBerry APIs to access the details of email messages, contacts, calendar events,
tasks, and phone logs that the BlackBerry device stores. A BlackBerry Java Application can read the information, update the
information, and create new entries.
Using BlackBerry Messenger with a BlackBerry Application
You can integrate a BlackBerry® Java® Application with the BlackBerry® Messenger application. This could be useful if you are
creating a turn-based game application for the BlackBerry device.
To create a BlackBerry Java Application that integrates with the BlackBerry Messenger application, you can use the classes in
the net.rim.blackberry.api.blackberrymessenger package. For more information about using the
BlackBerryMessenger class, see the BlackBerry API Reference .
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Using listeners to respond to application changes
Using listeners to respond to application changes
A BlackBerry® Java® Application can register change listeners on the email and organizer data stores and in the phone application.
The listeners allow the BlackBerry Java Application to take immediate action when the BlackBerry device user performs a local
event. You can use the email and organizer data listeners to notify a BlackBerry Java Application when new entries arrive or when
the BlackBerry device user makes changes such as additions, deletions, or updates, to the existing data. You can use phone
listeners to listen for phone call actions, such as the initiation of new calls or calls ending.
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Security considerations
Security considerations
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Data encryption and the BlackBerry Application
Data encryption in transport
If you use the BlackBerry® Enterprise Server as the network gateway for your application, the BlackBerry Enterprise Server encrypts
data using AES or TripleDES encryption at all points in the connection between the BlackBerry device and the BlackBerry Enterprise
Server behind the organization's firewall. If you require data to be encrypted further between the BlackBerry Enterprise Server
and the destination server, you can use the HTTPS protocol and use SSL/TLS encryption.
If your application uses the BlackBerry® Internet Service or the Internet gateway of the wireless service provider, data traffic is
not encrypted. If your BlackBerry device users prefer, you can use HTTPS to encrypt the data, or you can use the Java® APIs for
encryption to apply your own symmetric key or public key cryptography.
Data encryption on the BlackBerry device
Administrators can set an IT policy to make sure that all BlackBerry® device user data stored in the BlackBerry device applications
is encrypted locally in flash memory. You can create aBlackBerry Java® Application that uses APIs to register the data so that
the encryption service encrypts the data with the same security key before storing it in flash memory.
Access to memory
The BlackBerry® Java® Development Environment is designed to inhibit applications from causing problems accidentally or
maliciously in other applications or on the BlackBerry device. BlackBerry applications can write only to the BlackBerry device
memory that the BlackBerry® Java® Virtual Machine uses; they cannot access the virtual memory or the persistent storage of
other applications (unless they are specifically granted access to do so). A BlackBerry® Java Application can only access persistent
storage or user data, or communicate with other applications, through specific BlackBerry APIs. Research In Motion must digitally
sign a BlackBerry Java Application that uses these BlackBerry APIs, to provide an audit trail of applications that use sensitive
APIs.
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Authentication
Authentication
BlackBerry device authentication and IT policy
BlackBerry® device users can set a password for their BlackBerry devices. When the device password is active, the BlackBerry
device users must provide the password to access the data and applications. Using device passwords is a good first step to limiting
access to your BlackBerry Java® Application on the BlackBerry device.
Administrators can use the IT policies that are provided in the BlackBerry® Enterprise Server to make sure that BlackBerry devices
in the organization are password-protected. Administrators can also use IT policies to remotely lock a BlackBerry device, change
the password, or remove all of the data.
Application authentication
For applications where security features are critical, you might want to provide a login screen that requires the BlackBerry® device
user to log into the application on the BlackBerry device before using it. The UI classes provide simple password fields that hide
the text entry with asterisk characters. Login screens might negatively impact the BlackBerry device user experience, and if the
BlackBerry device user sets a password to protect the BlackBerry device, your application might not require a login screen.
Server-side authentication
If your application connects to an application on a server or to the Internet or an intranet, you might want to include additional
authentication features when the BlackBerry® device users log into the server. Most applications that require user authentication
rely on HTTP Basic authentication, which uses a simple user name and password combination. You can use HTTP Basic
authentication by adding the correct HTTP headers while opening the HTTP connection. You can also add more advanced
authentication using certificates; however, most applications do not require it.
Controlled APIs and code signing
Research In Motion tracks the use of sensitive APIs for security and export control reasons. In the BlackBerry®API reference, RIM
identifies a controlled class or method with a lock icon or a signed note. To use controlled classes or methods in your applications
and before you can install the application .cod files on the BlackBerry device, you must sign your application using a key, or
signature, from RIM. Other functionality, such as the ability to execute when the application starts, might require that you sign
your applications.
While the RIM registration process covers the use of most controlled APIs, some cryptography classes that are related to public
and private key cryptography contain technology from Certicom™. To use these classes, you must register with and obtain a
license from Certicom directly. The RIM registration process does not include the use of Certicom classes.
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BlackBerry APIs with controlled access
To test and debug your code before you receive the code signatures, you can use the BlackBerry® Smartphone Simulator. You
must sign the application before you install it on BlackBerry devices. You do not send your actual code to RIM. You can use the
BlackBerry® Signature Tool to send a SHA-1 hash of your code file so that the signing authority system can generate the necessary
signature.
For more information about registering and obtaining code signatures, see the BlackBerry Signing Authority ToolVersion 1.0 Password Based Administrator Guide. For more information about registering and using classes, visit www.blackberry.com/
developers/index.shtml.
BlackBerry APIs with controlled access
You can run applications that use controlled APIs in the BlackBerry® Smartphone Simulator without code signatures; however,
you must obtain code signatures from Research In Motion before you can install these applications on BlackBerry devices.
You can use the following categories of RIM controlled APIs:
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Runtime APIs
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BlackBerry® Application APIs
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BlackBerry Cryptographic API
If you use any of the following BlackBerry API packages, your application requires code signatures before you can install it on a
BlackBerry device:
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net.rim.blackberry.api.browser
net.rim.blackberry.api.invoke
net.rim.blackberry.api.mail
net.rim.blackberry.api.mail.event
net.rim.blackberry.api.menuitem
net.rim.blackberry.api.options
net.rim.blackberry.api.pdap
net.rim.blackberry.api.phone
net.rim.blackberry.api.phone.phonelogs
net.rim.device.api.browser.field
net.rim.device.api.browser.plugin
net.rim.device.api.crypto.*
net.rim.device.api.io.http
net.rim.device.api.notification
net.rim.device.api.servicebook
net.rim.device.api.synchronization
net.rim.device.api.system
For more information about RIM controlled APIs, see the BlackBerry API reference.
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IT policy support
IT policy support
You can use the APIs in the net.rim.device.api.itpolicy package to access the IT policy information on the
BlackBerry® device and change the behavior or functionality of a BlackBerry device application. Each IT policy item consists of
a name, a description, and a value. The value can be a string, integer, or Boolean value.
BlackBerry device IT policy settings are automatically synchronized and updated over the wireless network with BlackBerry®
Device Software version 3.6 or later. With earlier versions of the BlackBerry Device Software, IT policy settings are updated when
the BlackBerry device user synchronizes the BlackBerry device with the computer.
For more information about IT policies, see the BlackBerry Enterprise Server Policy Reference Guide.
Application control
The BlackBerry® Enterprise Server application control policy rules are designed to allow or prevent the installation of specific
applications on the BlackBerry device and to limit the permissions of applications on the BlackBerry device. For example,
administrators can use the application control policy to make sure that a game application on the BlackBerry device cannot
access the phone application.
The administrator can apply application control policies only when the BlackBerry device is associated with a BlackBerry Enterprise
Server. If the administrator or a BlackBerry device user denies the application access to one of the protected areas, the application
throws a ControlledAccessException.
File encryption on microSD cards
Encryption of data on a microSD media card
When a BlackBerry® Java® Application accesses a file on the microSD memory card, file decryption occurs and the file moves to
main memory for an application to read. For a BlackBerry Java Application to access a file that is password protected, the BlackBerry
device must not be locked. Encrypted files have a .rem extension and cannot be decrypted on non-BlackBerry platforms.
If the NVRAM is removed and the microSD media card is locked with a BlackBerry device key, the data on the microSD media
card is no longer accessible. To remove data that is not accessible, start the BlackBerry device and remove all encrypted media
files.
The BlackBerry device uses a master key stored on the microSD media card to encrypt BlackBerry device media files. The master
key prevents the BlackBerry device from having to decrypt or re-encrypt all media files when you disable encryption or change
the password.
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File encryption on microSD cards
Using the microSD media card with more than one BlackBerry device
If the BlackBerry® device user moves the microSD media card to a BlackBerry device that does not use a device password or uses
a password that does not successfully decrypt the microSD media card master key, the BlackBerry device prompts the BlackBerry
device user to enter the microSD media card password. If the BlackBerry device has a password, the BlackBerry device user can
use the prompt to change the microSD media card password to the BlackBerry device password.
IT policies and the microSD media card
You can apply the IT policy Encrypt data written to the microSD media card to any new or modified files that you store on the
microSD media card. Only the files that you store on the microSD media card after an administrator sets the IT policy are encrypted.
Except for media files, all content is encrypted.
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Test a BlackBerry Java Application
Test a BlackBerry Java Application
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Obfuscating a BlackBerry Java Application
The compiler for the BlackBerry® Java® Development Environment and the BlackBerry® JDE Plug-in for Eclipse™ is set to minimize
the size of the application. The compiler produces a .cod file that provides obfuscation-like services that are similar to those that
obfuscation packages provide in an effort to reduce the size of the .cod file. For example, the BlackBerry Java Development
Environment removes the following information from a .cod file:
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all debug information
local variable names
source line numbers
private method and member names
It is not typically necessary for you to provide obfuscation for your applications in addition to the existing obfuscation that, by
default, the BlackBerry JDE provides. In fact, Research In Motion does not perform any additional obfuscation of its own products.
The BlackBerry JDE does not integrate support for obfuscation through third-party tools. You must include a command-line
procedure to obfuscate .cod files for use on BlackBerry devices.
Preverifying a BlackBerry Java Application
When you preverify your classes, you reduce the amount of processing that the BlackBerry® device must perform when you install
your application. To partially verify your classes before you install your application on a BlackBerry device, you can use the Preverify
tool, available with the BlackBerry® Java® Development Environment. You can use the BlackBerry® Smartphone Simulator to
preverify the .cod files.
For more information about using the BlackBerry Smartphone Simulator, see the BlackBerry Device Simulator User Guide. For
more information about using the Preverify tool, see the BlackBerry Java Development Environment Development Guide.
Testing applications on a BlackBerry Smartphone Simulator
After you develop and compile your application, you can test it on the BlackBerry® device. The most common first step is to set
the BlackBerry® Java® Development Environment to use a BlackBerry® Smartphone Simulator. The BlackBerry Smartphone
Simulator runs the same Java code as the BlackBerry devices, so the BlackBerry Smartphone Simulator provides an accurate
environment for testing how applications will function on a BlackBerry device. The BlackBerry JDE includes current versions of
the BlackBerry Smartphone Simulator. To download additional versions of the BlackBerry Smartphone Simulator, visit
www.blackberry.com/developers/index.shtml.
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Testing applications on a BlackBerry device
Testing applications on a BlackBerry device
After you test your application on the BlackBerry® Smartphone Simulator, you can install your application on a BlackBerry device.
If your application uses signed APIs, you might need code signing keys. After you install the application on the BlackBerry device,
you can open the application and test its functionality and performance.
For debugging purposes, you can attach your device to the BlackBerry® Integrated Development Environment and use the
debugging tool to step through your application code. The BlackBerry IDE can be useful if you are trying to identify a network or
Bluetooth® issue, or other issues that are difficult to simulate.
BlackBerry simulators
BlackBerry Smartphone Simulator
The BlackBerry® Smartphone Simulator is designed to emulate a BlackBerry experience without using a real BlackBerry device.
The BlackBerry Smartphone Simulator is an application that you install on your computer that shows an image of the BlackBerry
device model of your choice. This image has the look and feel of an actual BlackBerry device. The functionality includes the same
user interaction of an actual BlackBerry device (including the trackwheel or trackball and the keyboard), the same applications,
and the same features, such as email messages, phone, and Internet browsing.
The BlackBerry Smartphone Simulator also serves as a platform on which applications can run. This includes the ability for the
applications to make network connections, store data, and handle email messages. The BlackBerry Smartphone Simulator includes
the BlackBerry device applications that are typically available on BlackBerry devices and you can install and test your own
applications. You can simulate and test various connectivity and state changes using the BlackBerry Smartphone Simulator.
When you use the BlackBerry Smartphone Simulator to perform testing, you might need to simulate additional BlackBerry services.
The BlackBerry® MDS Simulator and the BlackBerry® Email Simulator are available for this purpose.
To get the BlackBerry Smartphone Simulator, visit www.blackberry.com/developers and download the BlackBerry® Java®
Development Environment or the BlackBerry Java Development Environment Component Package.
BlackBerry MDS Simulator
The BlackBerry® MDS Simulator is designed to simulate the BlackBerry MDS Connection Service component of the BlackBerry®
Enterprise Server. When you use the BlackBerry Smartphone Simulator with the BlackBerry MDS Simulator you can test network,
push HTTP, and browser applications that are designed for use with a BlackBerry Enterprise Server. To get the BlackBerry MDS
Simulator, visit www.blackberry.com/developers and download the BlackBerry® Email and MDS Services Simulator Package.
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BlackBerry simulators
BlackBerry Email Simulator
The BlackBerry® Email Simulator is designed to send and receive messages between the BlackBerry® Smartphone Simulator and
either a messaging application, such as Microsoft® Outlook®, or POP3 and SMTP servers. You do not require a BlackBerry®
Enterprise Server. To get the BlackBerry Email Simulator, visit www.blackberry.com/developers and download the BlackBerry®
Email and MDS Services Simulator Package.
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Making applications available
Making applications available
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Application distribution through a computer connection
Distribute an application from a computer
You can use the application loader tool in the BlackBerry® Desktop Manager to install applications on the BlackBerry device.
The application loader tool can provide users with a simple way to download applications from their computers to their BlackBerry
devices.
Distribute an application from a web page
You can use the BlackBerry® Application Web Loader to post your compiled application on a web site. Users can use
Windows® Internet Explorer® on their computers to visit the web page and install the application on their BlackBerry devices.
When BlackBerry device users visit the web page, the BlackBerry Application Web Loader prompts them to connect their devices
to the USB port. They can then install the application using an ActiveX® control. The BlackBerry Application Web Loader can
provide BlackBerry device users with a simple way to install applications from their computers without running the BlackBerry®
Desktop Manager.
Distribute an application for testing
The BlackBerry® Java® Development Environment includes a command line tool called the JavaLoader tool that is located in the
BIN folder in the BlackBerry JDE folder. You can use the JavaLoader tool to quickly install and remove compiled application files
on the BlackBerry device directly over the USB port. You do not require any descriptor files or web pages. The JavaLoader tool
can be useful when you install and remove your application frequently during testing and development; however, the JavaLoader
tool is not designed for use by BlackBerry device users.
Application distribution over the wireless network
You can distribute your applications over the wireless network to help provide a better experience to BlackBerry® device users
and to simplify application distribution to a large group of people since you do not require a computer application. A BlackBerry
device user can install your applications over the wireless network.
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Application distribution over the wireless network
Wireless pull (user-initiated)
You can post compiled applications on a public or private web site. BlackBerry® device users can visit the web site to download
the applications over the wireless network by using the browser on their BlackBerry devices. The browser prompts the users to
install the application and then the application downloads over the wireless network and installs on the BlackBerry device.
Wireless push (server-initiated)
In the BlackBerry® Enterprise Server environment , the administrator can push applications to BlackBerry device users over the
wireless network for mandatory installation. The administrator creates a new policy and specifies that the BlackBerry device
requires the application. The application is pushed to users without any user interaction required. Organizations might find this
approach useful when sending new applications to a large number of BlackBerry device users.
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Glossary
Glossary
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AES
Advanced Encryption Standard
API
application programming interface
CLDC
Connected Limited Device Configuration
HTTP
Hypertext Transfer Protocol
HTTPS
Hypertext Transfer Protocol over Secure Sockets Layer
I/O
input/output
IMAP
Internet Message Access Protocol
IPC
interprocess communication
JDWP
Java® Debug Wire Protocol
JSR
Java® Specification Request
JTWI
Java® Technology for the Wireless Industry
JVM
Java® Virtual Machine
MIDP
Mobile Information Device Profile
NVRAM
Non-Volatile Random Acess Memory
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PDAP
PDA Optional Packages for the J2ME Platform
PIM
personal information management
PIN
personal identification number
POP
Post Office Protocol
RAPC
RIM Application Program Compiler
RMS
Record Management System
SHA
Secure Hash Algorithm
SMS
Short Message Service
SMTP
Simple Mail Transfer Protocol
SRAM
static random access memory
SSL
Secure Sockets Layer
TCP
Transmission Control Protocol
TLS
Transport Layer Security
Triple DES
Triple Data Encryption Standard
VPN
virtual private network
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Glossary
WAP
Wireless Application Protocol
XML
Extensible Markup Language
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