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From Ken Wallis <>
Subject RE: Cordova BlackBerry WebWorks SDKs (5.0 / 6.0 / 7.0 / 10 / PlayBook)
Date Tue, 15 May 2012 16:52:23 GMT
BlackBerry 10 for Playbook delivery is confirmed to happen, but timelines are "after" delivery
for BlackBerry 10 smartphones.  So you will need to support Air for PlayBook even after the
initial launch of BB10 later this year, unfortunately.

Ken Wallis

Product Manager – BlackBerry WebWorks

Research In Motion

(905) 629-4746 x14369

From: [] on behalf of Drew Walters []
Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 12:22 PM
Subject: Re: Cordova BlackBerry WebWorks SDKs (5.0 / 6.0 / 7.0 / 10 / PlayBook)

Yeah, I understand and don't disagree. Just think we are probably at
the point where v1 of PlayBook OS should be deprecated if the stat
that >90% have upgraded to v2 within a month of its release is

If the same holds true for BB 10, and BB 10 is released sometime
around October/November for PlayBook (big assumptions) then support
window is small.

On Tue, May 15, 2012 at 11:00 AM, Filip Maj <> wrote:
> Drew, agree with your views on long-term: it doesn't make sense to put too
> much into Air. That being said, as far as I understand, we won't be able
> to support Playbook v1 and 2 without an Air implementation. Furthermore,
> the SDK or language "convergence" for WebWorks on RIM's end has no ETA.
> This is an unfortunate reality of the BlackBerry landscape at this time.
> We realistically have to support three implementations for an
> indeterminate amount of time if we want full coverage of that platform.
> If this is incorrect, please, Ken/Gord correct me.
> On 5/15/12 6:20 AM, "Drew Walters" <> wrote:
>>Personally, I feel the Air route seems like a short lived dead end and
>>wonder if it is even worth investing more time in. I understand that
>>it can offer a stop gap until a true BB 10 implementation is ready but
>>its hard to be motivated to work on something that is hopefully
>>dead/suboptimal in 6 months time frame.
>>I was hoping that the BB 10 WebWorks SDK would have the custom
>>extension framework ready but that is not the case:
>>However, this doesn't mean work can't be done in the meantime. The
>>native code implementations could still be written and then merged
>>into the framework once it is available. I see this as having more
>>long term value then enhancing the Air implementation.
>>As far as separating the repos...... I would agree it seems to make
>>sense now to separate the repos. However, from an end user
>>perspective, having a single repo allows us to build a distribution
>>where the end user can have a single project and build both the java
>>and Air versions of their application.
>>If we separate into three repos (java, air, c++), what does the
>>distribution look like?  Would there still be a single sample project
>>that is capable of building the different versions or would there be
>>independent build implementations?
>>Also, when we rename, can we drop the "webworks"? Right before the
>>move to Apache we had dropped the "webworks" such that the repo was
>>phonegap-blackberry.  That got lost in the move to Apache though.
>>On Tue, May 15, 2012 at 3:18 AM, Brian LeRoux <> wrote:
>>> Good times. You guys want to try and get the Air repo up before
>>> graduation or wait until after too?
>>> On Tue, May 15, 2012 at 12:43 AM, Michael Brooks
>>> <> wrote:
>>>> Right.
>>>> And just to simplify the transition, we would rather not immediately
>>>> "incubator-cordova-blackberry-webworks" to
>>>> "incubator-cordova-blackberry-java". Instead, we can hold off until
>>>> post-graduation since every repository will need to be renamed
>>>> the "incubator" prefix).
>>>> Michael
>>>> On Mon, May 14, 2012 at 3:35 PM, Filip Maj <> wrote:
>>>>> >The proposed repositories are:
>>>>> >
>>>>> >- cordova-blackberry-webworks
>>>>> >- cordova-blackberry-webworks-air (must be created)
>>>>> >
>>>>> >After Apache graduation, we can rename the repositories to:
>>>>> >
>>>>> >- cordova-blackberry-webworks-java
>>>>> >- cordova-blackberry-webworks-air
>>>>> Just want to quickly add a few more things.
>>>>> Presumably at some point (post-graduation) we will want to add a
>>>>> cordova-blackberry-webworks-qnx (webworks-c++?) repository that would
>>>>> house the WebWorks implementation rocking c++. My understanding
>>>>> the BB10JAM event that the air implementation should keep us covered
>>>>> BB7, BB10 and Playbook platforms for a little while (with the
>>>>> side effect being that air apps running on QNX incur an "overhead" of
>>>>> about 20%).
>>>>> Eventually we'll be able to retire the Air implementation (assuming
>>>>> books get upgraded to QNX), and we can keep the Java implementation
>>>>> for BB5/6/7 legacy support.
>>>>> Phew, what a mess.

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