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02/26/10

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BlackBerry Simulators Reference Guide for Eclipse 3.5 plugin

I have been using the BlackBerry Java® Plug-in for Eclipse® v1.1 on Eclipse 3.5 (Galileo) for a while, using the various simulators that are available in the various component packs.  The base BlackBerry Plug-in comes with the 5.0.0 component pack, but others can added as additional plugins for Eclipse.

During development I often want to try using different combinations of simulators and JREs, but couldn't find any quick references relating which simulators are available for which component pack.  I have compiled a reference guide to help myself with this, and hope others will find it helpful as well.

Before providing a reference guide to the simulators available, here is a quick start guide to get going in Eclipse.

  1. Download and install Eclipse 3.5 (Galileo).  I used the EE package.
  2. Download the BlackBerry Java® Plug-in for Eclipse® v1.1
  3. Install the plug-in, pointing it to your Eclipse installation.
  4. In Eclipse->Window->Preferences->Install/Update->Available Software Sites add the following site: http://www.blackberry.com/go/eclipseUpdate/3.5/java
  5. In Eclipse->Help->Install New Software, using the Software site added above and download the desired Component Packs.
  6. Restart Eclipse after installing plugins

 

Simulator Reference Guide

Component Pack: 5.0.0.14
Blackberry (JRE) version: 5.0.0

Device Family Display Screen Size Interaction Method
9000 Bold 480x320 trackball
9550 Storm 360x480 touch screen
9700 Bold 480x360 trackball

 

Component Pack: 4.7.0.53
Blackberry (JRE) version: 4.7.0

Device Family Display Screen Size Interaction Method
9500 Storm 360x480 touch screen
9530 Storm 360x480 touch screen

 

Component Pack: 4.6.1.36
Blackberry (JRE) version: 4.6.1

Device Family Display Screen Size Interaction Method
8350i Curve
320x240
trackball
8900 Curve
480x360
trackball

 

Component Pack: 4.6.0.21
Blackberry (JRE) version: 4.6.0

Device Family Display Screen Size Interaction Method
9000 Bold
480x320
trackball

 

Component Pack: 4.5.0.21
Blackberry (JRE) version: 4.5.0

Device Family Display Screen Size Interaction Method
8100
Pearl
240x260
trackball
8110 Pearl 240x260 trackball
8120 Pearl 240x260 trackball
8130 Pearl 240x260 trackball
8300 Curve 320x240 trackball
8310 Curve 320x240 trackball
8320 Curve 320x240 trackball
8330 Curve 320x240 trackball
8700-black Electron 320x240 trackwheel
8703e Electron 320x240 trackwheel
8800 88XX 320x240 trackball
8820 88XX 320x240 trackball
8830 88XX 320x240 trackball

 

Component Pack: 4.3.0.17
Blackberry (JRE) version: 4.3.0

Device Family Display Screen Size Interaction Method
8120 Pearl
240x260
trackball
8130 Pearl 240x260 trackball

 

Component Pack: 4.2.1.19
Blackberry (JRE) version: 4.2.1

Device Family Display Screen Size Interaction Method
7130
7130
240x260
trackwheel
7130e 7130 240x260 trackwheel
8100 Pearl 240x260 trackball
8700-black Electron 320x240 trackwheel
8700-blue Electron 320x240 trackwheel
8703e Electron 320x240 trackwheel
8707
Electron 320x240 trackwheel
8800 88XX 320x240 trackball

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Mark WilsonThe following site seems to be moved, do you know what the correct site would be?

4. In Eclipse->Window->Preferences->Install/Update->Available Software Sites add the following site: http://www.blackberry.com/go/eclipseUpdate/3.5/java
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Comment from: victor.ewert [Member] Email
victor.ewertMark,

What makes you think the site has moved? I just tried it and it seems be there. One thing I did notice, is that the 4.2.1 and 4.3.0 SDK component packs are no longer available, I'm not sure why that is.

For references here is the documentation to set up the update site: http://na.blackberry.com/eng/developers/javaappdev/javaupdate.jsp
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TrknFirst of all,
thank you for this reference.

I have a question about BB 4.5.0 Api and 4.5.0.21 Component package.

According to 4.5 api reference guide, setPadding method is depreciated. But in Eclipse, if we install BB plugin and related sdk's such as 4.5 using eclipse update site, setPadding method does not matter even if we use jde 4.5.

I think it is about the component package update site has. for 4.5 it has component package 4.5.0.21.

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Comment from: victor.ewert [Member] Email
victor.ewertI am not too sure about the setPadding method; from what I have heard it is an undocumented method, but may be possible to use. You may want to try asking on the BlackBerry Developer forum.

Currently I am using Eclipse 3.5 for BlackBerry development.

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RamyaHi,

I have installed BB 4.6 plugin and by default only 8900 was added. Now I would want to test on 8350i or any 320*240 resolution device. Could u pls tell me how to go about adding this device?

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Comment from: victor.ewert [Member] Email
victor.ewertYes, you are right, it seems like in the latest 4.6.1 (4.6.1.49) package, only the 8900 is available. I didn't realize that BlackBerry keeps changing the available simulators. You can try downloading the 4.5.0 (4.5.0.28) package. That should come with many Curve devices with a 320x240 resolutions. You can download from the BlackBerry update site in eclipse.

Another alternative is to download the simulator that you want directly, as a separate install (separate from eclipse). You can download from: http://na.blackberry.com/eng/developers/resources/simulators.jsp
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