New open access book from Apress and BlackBerry guides application developers through the BlackBerry 10 operating system.

BlackBerry 10, the latest incarnation of the BlackBerry mobile operating system, features plentiful upgrades from its predecessors and gives developers the chance to create truly innovative applications. It includes the new Cascades framework which is based on QML, a powerful declarative language for designing UIs. “Learn BlackBerry 10 App Development: A Cascades-Driven Approach”—newly published by Apress in partnership with BlackBerry—takes a comprehensive look at building rich native BlackBerry 10 apps through this framework.

Author Anwar Ludin is a freelance software engineer in Geneva, Switzerland. He studied Electrical Engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne before taking up software engineering. A self-described “hardcore developer,” Ludin has spent more than a decade in IT in the financial services sector. “Secure platforms designed for enterprise users and, increasingly, cloud services users are still BlackBerry’s forte. As a developer you can tap into this largely unexploited world of opportunities by designing the next killer app,” he explains.

The power of the BlackBerry 10 OS comes from its QNX hard real-time microkernel, which is used in safety critical systems such as nuclear power plants, medical devices, and automotive systems. The OS also includes a variety of new APIs for accessing a device's sensors, such as its camera, accelerometer, and gyroscope. Since the QML language is tightly integrated with JavaScript and C++, developers can choose between using JavaScript for the UI layer of their apps and, if necessary, rely on C++ for the performance critical aspects of the app. In other words, Cascades provides an efficient way of creating native applications with picturesque UIs optimized for BlackBerry 10 mobile devices.

Starting with the native SDK configuration and an overview of the Momentics IDE, Ludin moves quickly through many of the best practices and techniques required for developing vivid BlackBerry 10 applications. “Learn BlackBerry 10 App Development” introduces readers to the platform’s new features and gives them a solid grounding in development with Cascades.

Under Apress' open access publishing program ApressOpen, the eBook version of “Learn BlackBerry 10 App Development” is freely available to download and share. For more information about the book, please visit

ISBN: 9781430261575
356 Pages
User Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Publication Date: April 1st, 2014
Available eBook Formats: EPUB, MOBI, PDF
Print Book Price: $39.99
eBook Price: $00.00

About the Author

Anwar Ludin
is a software engineer specializing in mobile application development for the financial services sector. He studied Electrical Engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne before taking up software engineering. Anwar spent the last three years designing applications (Android and iOS) for financial data visualization. He is currently porting an in-house Android application to the BlackBerry 10 platform as well as setting up the BlackBerry Developers Group for Switzerland. He lives in Geneva.

About Apress Media

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