Get started

Before you start developing for the BlackBerry 10 OS, there are a few things that you need to do.

To develop apps using the BlackBerry Native Plug-in for Microsoft Visual Studio, you can use Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 or Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. The plug-in is not supported in Microsoft Visual Studio Express editions.

  • Before starting the BlackBerry Native Plug-in for Microsoft Visual Studio, you must have a stable Internet connection to avoid unexpected or unstable behavior.
  • If you already have a version of the BlackBerry Native Plug-in for Microsoft Visual Studio installed, you need to uninstall the previous version before you can install the new version.

Request a vendor account

You need to request a vendor account on the BlackBerry World vendor portal in the following situations:

  • You want to offer your app on the BlackBerry World storefront.
  • You want to access permissions that are restricted. For more information, see App permissions.

When you are a member of the vendor portal, you can use your primary user account to make your app and its digital goods available for sale. You can also simulate purchasing and downloading your app using a sandbox test user account.

For more information about applying for an account, see Managing vendor portal accounts.

To learn how to simulate the purchase process, see Testing apps with a sandbox user account.

Set up your device

To upload and test apps, you must enable Development Mode on your device or simulator. This mode allows you to remotely install and launch an app. If you don't intend to do development activities, disable Development Mode for increased security. Development Mode expires automatically in ten days. If you restart your device, Development Mode is disabled automatically.

By default, Development Mode is set to On or enabled for the simulator.

To enable Development Mode on your device:

  1. On the home screen, swipe down from the top of the screen or find the Settings app on your home screen.
  2. Navigate to Settings > Security and Privacy > Development Mode.
  3. Set the Development Mode toggle button to On.
  4. If you are prompted, enter the password for your device, and tap OK.

You connect your device to Microsoft Visual Studio by using a USB connection. Navigate to Settings > Storage and Access and make sure that the USB Connection option is set to Autodetect or to the target platform.

Install the BlackBerry Native Plug-in for Microsoft Visual Studio

Make sure that you have already installed Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 or Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 before you install the plug-in.

If you already have a version of the BlackBerry Native Plug-in for Microsoft Visual Studio installed, you need to uninstall the previous version before you can install the new version. You can use the Windows Control Panel to uninstall the plug-in.

You must install the version of the BlackBerry Native Plug-in for Microsoft Visual Studio that corresponds to the version of Microsoft Visual Studio you have installed. You cannot have the 2012 and 2013 plug-ins installed at the same time.

  1. Download the appropriate BlackBerry Native Plug-in for Microsoft Visual Studio installation file for the version of Microsoft Visual Studio you have installed.
  2. Run the plug-in installation file.
  3. Follow the steps in the wizard.
  4. Click Finish.

Start Microsoft Visual Studio

After you install the BlackBerry Native Plug-in for Microsoft Visual Studio and set up your device, you can start Microsoft Visual Studio and begin to configure your development environment.

Last modified: 2014-02-25



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