October 05, 2010, 9:25 AM — Although the full application development story is still being ironed out for Research in Motion's newly announced PlayBook tablet, developers are anxious to get their hands on one and start building anyway.
They also will continue to build for BlackBerry while waiting for more details about developing for the PlayBook, developers tell InfoWorld. "I'd love to have it," says Mehdi Rachdi, a developer at mobile marketing firm Adenyo.
Multiple development environments available So far, RIM has made it clear developers can use the company's WebWorks platform for development, which leverages their Web development skills. Web developers can also use Adobe Flash Player 10.1 to run their applications and Adobe AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime) -- both of which are banned on the competing Apple iPad and iPhone.
Developers also can build native applications for PlayBook using C and C++ -- a path that game developers are likely to take, says Mike Kirkup, RIM's director of developer relations.
PlayBook's support of AIR bolsters its application arsenal, says Al Hilwa, an IDC analyst. "That promises to be one of the fastest ways to get a big portfolio of apps to the PlayBook in the short term," with 5,000 to 10,000 AIR applications available, he says, because "in theory, these are really easy to port once Adobe AIR is available on the PlayBook."