Explore the Momentics IDE

The Momentics IDE for BlackBerry is the key development tool used for creating applications using the BlackBerry 10 Native SDK. If you have experience with Eclipse, most of the features of the IDE should be familiar to you.

The Momentics IDE includes all of the tools that you need to start developing applications for BlackBerry 10 devices, including a compiler, a linker, and command-line tools. When you start the Momentics IDE, you can download and install the BlackBerry 10 Native SDK from within the IDE.

The workbench and perspectives

When you start the Momentics IDE for BlackBerry for the first time, the Workspace Launcher dialog box prompts you for a location to store your workspace. All of your projects are stored in this folder.

When you have selected a workspace, the Welcome page is displayed in the workbench. You can use this page to access key resources, such as sample apps and support forums. You can access this page by clicking Help > Open Welcome Page.

A workbench is the basic UI of the IDE and consists of perspectives, views, and editors for working with your resources.

A perspective defines the views that you see in the UI and the layout of the views in the workbench. You can access a perspective using Window > Open Perspective. You can change the layout of a perspective by opening and closing views, or by docking views in different positions in the workbench window.

Views are windows that appear in the perspective and present information about your projects. For example, the Project Explorer view displays projects and resources that you are working with. You can access individual views using Window > Show View.

You can use some key perspectives for basic activities in the IDE:

  • The QML Editing perspective provides QML support for Cascades projects.

    To open the QML Editing perspective, click Window > Open Perspective > Other. Click QML Editing, and click OK.

  • The C/C++ perspective can be used for core and Cascades projects.

    This perspective is the default, but if it isn't displayed, you can open it by clicking Window > Open Perspective > C/C++.

  • The Debug perspective shows you all of the tools related to debugging.
  • The QNX System Information perspective provides a complete and detailed report on your system's resource allocation and use.

You can configure the appearance and behavior of your application by specifying properties and values in the bar-descriptor.xml file. The bar-descriptor.xml specifies parameters for identifying, installing, and running applications on the BlackBerry 10 OS and is also used to specify permissions.

Last modified: 2014-01-23

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