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To develop apps using the BlackBerry Native Plug-in for Microsoft Visual Studio, you can use Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 in 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.

Request a vendor account

If you want to offer your app on the BlackBerry World storefront, you must request a vendor account on the BlackBerry World vendor portal. 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. For more information about applying for an account, see Managing vendor portal accounts.

If you want to apply for and use restricted permissions, you must have a vendor account. To learn about permissions, see App permissions.

When you are a member of the vendor portal, you can also simulate purchasing and downloading your app using a sandbox user account. To learn how to simulate the purchase process, see Testing apps with a sandbox user account.

Set up your device

To deploy and test apps, you must enable Development Mode on your device. This mode allows you to remotely install and run apps. If you don't intend to perform 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 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 open 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 can connect your device to Microsoft Visual Studio by using Wi-Fi or with a USB cable.

Install the BlackBerry Native Plug-in for Microsoft Visual Studio

You must have Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 installed before you install the plug-in.

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

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

When you start the BlackBerry Native Plug-in for Microsoft Visual Studio, you can download and install the BlackBerry 10 Native SDK from within Microsoft Visual Studio. The plug-in provides a wizard that helps you to select an SDK that matches the connected device. You can also install a previous version of the SDK to develop your app for device OS versions that are already released. Versions of the SDK are referred to as API levels. To learn more about API levels, see API levels.

Start Microsoft Visual Studio

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

Specify general settings

  • NDK Path: The path to the BlackBerry 10 Native SDK that is installed on your computer
  • Java Path: The path to the JRE that is installed on your computer
  • Tools Path: The path to the QNX tools that are installed on your computer. This path is set by default after the initial installation.
  • Profile Path: The path to the folder containing your user profile settings
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Last modified: 2015-03-02



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