The company will continue building for BlackBerry while waiting for PlayBook development tools, Bibal says. At this point, Novare is leaning toward using WebWorks for PlayBook but is also looking to port existing Java applications from BlackBerry to PlayBook. "We just have to wait for the SDK," he notes.
Jason Silva, a developer at mobile business application firm JBB Mobile, is also interested in the PlayBook but plans to keep building for BlackBerry, even if the PlayBook is a separate platform. "I look at them as two separate devices," he says.
Silva is attracted to the PlayBook's larger screen as well as to its graphic capabilities, both of which should prove useful in field service applications, he notes. Silva also likes PlayBook's use of the QNX technology. "The QNX operating system is obviously something that a lot of developers are excited about because it's a real-time OS, which means it's going to be really, really quick," he says.
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