This article explains how to download and install the BlackBerry Java Development Environment (JDE).
You can download it from here using a developer account. For the purpose of this tutorial, we will use the latest JDE version, 6.0. Before deciding which IDE to use, you may want to know that most of the time you’ll get the newest version of a JDE component first for JDE then the equivalent plug-in for Eclipse. So if you’re developing an application using the latest features you should seriously consider using JDE instead of Eclipse.
Another thing to take into account is that if you are intending to use several JDE component versions, or you are developing for different devices which need different JDE component versions, you cannot integrate them in one IDE. Instead of that, you will need to download and launch several IDEs, one for each version you use. That doesn’t happen using Eclipse.
Before installing, you should have a look at the technical requirements:
- Windows® 2000 SP1 (o posterior) o Windows® XP
- Windows Vista™ (BlackBerry JDE v4.2.1 y versions superiores)
- BlackBerry JDE v4.5 y versions superiores: Java SE JDK v6.0
- BlackBerry JDE v4.2.1 y v4.3.0: Java SE JDK v5.0 o v6.0
- BlackBerry JDE v4.1 y v4.2: Java SE JDK v5.0
- BlackBerry JDE v4.0 y v4.0.2: Java SE SDK v1.4
So, in our case, you should have Java SE JDK v6.0.
After downloading the file, just double click on it and the installing process will start. The file will check that the required components it needs are present, and if not they will be installed if possible. Once installed, run it to have a look to its Java style.