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Craig J. Johnston, Richard Evers
Reviewed by David O'Meara, November 2005
(6 of 10)
One of few Blackberry books available, "Professional Blackberry" has much of its content aimed at hosting BES servers and integrating handhelds while the other offerings concentrate on the handhelds themselves and largely treat the server as a black box.
There is still a little time taken to cover features on the handheld such as developing Java applications and using the Plazmic Media Engine for enhanced content, but these are provided as the last two chapters. While they are fine as an introduction, you will need to look for other sources for developing your own content for the Blackberries.
There is a lot to know, and setting up any server is a complicated business, so I have to admit I was a little surprised by the size of the book. At around 300 pages with a third dedicated to appendices, it lacked the depth I was expecting in many areas. The coverage of the combinations of backend possibilities had plenty of useful information, but they were all mixed together and would be difficult to refer to if you were only interested in a single set up.
Overall this isn't a bad effort and a useful book for the task, but I'm hoping later versions will be fleshed out a little more.
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