Compiling & publishing BlackBerry WebWorks apps

As part of the Blackberry Playbook promo, I have to publish an app on the BlackBerry App World store.

Ripple was somewhat easy to get up and running. Except for the fact that it didn’t like the launch on Playbook option – it was checking some variable that wasn’t set, so it ended up trying to push C:\path\to\bar\file\ It really concat-ed the term ‘undefined’ into the file path.

So I had to manually install it using the blackberry deploy tool. BlackBerry has a dedicated page, but in short:

PS C:\Program Files\Research In Motion\BlackBerry WebWorks SDK for TabletOS\bbwp\blackberry-tablet-sdk\bin> .\blackberry-deploy -installApp -password password -device ip.address.of.playbook C:\path\to\bar\file

Another interesting/odd thing is that I had to sign the app to get it to install on the Playbook. Simply packaging it wasn’t enough – it rejected it with a “app author doesn’t match debug token author” error. (And the other interesting thing I found out was that it appears to upload your app to the BlackBerry servers to get signed. At least, when my connection dropped out for a bit, I got a “” error.)

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