Quick Facts

  • Uses Eclipse™ to develop BlackBerry smartphone applications
  • Leverages a variety of APIs to integrate apps with BlackBerry features
  • Considers BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM™) a key differentiator as compared to other platforms
  • Developed ”Remko's Forum app„ has more than 800,000 frequent users
  • BlackBerry® Alliance member

BlackBerry Developer Success Story - Indonesia

Remko Weingarten, Manager of Indonesia, leverages BlackBerry development tools to combine his personal passions with savvy business strategy. Weingarten has developed a number of successful BlackBerry applications. Whether working on Infobunda, a leading Indonesian information app for pregnant women and young mothers, or Remko's Forum, a mobile collection of global communities, Weingarten has been able to easily develop and integrate the applications with BlackBerry tools and features.

Weingarten talked to us about showcasing his Remko's Forum application, his ability to leverage the wide variety of available APIs and why he thinks BlackBerry smartphones remain so popular in the Indonesian market.

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Q: How do you showcase your Remko's Forum application?

Weingarten: My passion is developing consumer apps and the more people that use them the better. That's why I believe the best way to grow your core business is to make some great free ones for everyone to use. It serves as a showcase for other projects and I find that they provide an advantage when speaking with potential customers. I simply go into a meeting and point to the success of the Remko's Forum app, for example, and demonstrate how our team can develop popular apps.

Q: Describe your experience developing for BlackBerry smartphones. Why are the available APIs so important?

Weingarten: I prefer to develop native applications with Eclipse and the available Eclipse simulators. I've used the toolset in the past with PHP and find that its editor is very versatile, from code formatting to highlighting.

With BlackBerry development, the wide variety of available APIs is one of the most significant features of developing for the platform and has allowed me to make my applications much more functional for the user. I've leveraged Push technology to send information to my Remko's Forum app and it's simple to create integrated apps that transition from one to another. In my opinion, the APIs are very straightforward to use and much easier to implement than on any other platform.

Q: Why do you think users in Indonesia are so attracted to the BlackBerry platform?

Weingarten: I think a major factor is BBM, since so many people here like to share information and form online communities. In my opinion, BBM is the most easy-to-use, comfortable platform for people to message each other and stay connected. It's also very inexpensive to use. I was able to work with a colleague and refer to online documentation to determine how to integrate BBM on multiple BlackBerry smartphones using different operating systems.

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