While RIM has made it clear that the native SDK for BlackBerry PlayBook should not be expected until sometime this summer, one developer has defied the the law and found out out a way to bypass the existing Adobe AIR environment and get QNX native code running on the 7-inch tablet.
Adam Bell discovered that, with a little tweaking, it’s possible to copy QNX apps coded on the QNX desktop environment, aka the Neutrino SDP (software development platform), over to the PlayBook and have them run as native code.
How he did it? The process was both simple and complex at the same time (geez..feels nice to use cool phrases). The cross-compiler that comes on the QNX desktop environment, allows the creation of native apps for ARM processors. Apparently, through clever coding, anything can be written in C/C++ and then compiled and copied across to the tablet.
That last step did take a little legwork, since if you merely shuttle the code over to the PlayBook’s “downloads” folder, using SSH into the device as “devuser”, it lacks the necessary permissions to actually run. Instead, Bell found that if you set the binary as executable, and then zip it up, you can move it from the “downloads” folder, unzip it, and run it as a native PlayBook app.
Well that’s a cool hack. we just hopes that RIM doesn’t follow the footsteps of Sony and Apple and ruin this moment of triumph for the developer community….!!!
Stay tuned for more…!!