RIM releases WebWorks SDK beta

The BlackBerry maker has unveiled a software development kit that will allow developers to create apps that harness web technologies for its PlayBook tablet

Research In Motion has released an early access version of its WebWorks software development kit, intended to help bring web technologies to its upcoming PlayBook tablet.

Tyler Lessard, vice president of global alliances and developer relations at Research in Motion (RIM), said the Canadian smartphone manufacturer is intent on bringing the "web to mobile" by incorporating existing web technologies into its software development kit (SDK).

BlackBerry PlayBook tablet SDK

RIM has released a software development kit to help bring web technologies such as HTML 5 to its upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook. Photo credit: Ben Woods

Released on Thursday, the early access version of the SDK will give web and mobile developers skilled in HTML 5, JavaScript and CSS the tools to create apps for RIM's PlayBook device, said Lessard, during his keynote presentation at RIM's first Asia-based developer conference in Bali.

For more on this ZDNet UK-selected story, see RIM taps Web tech to drive mobile development on ZDNet Asia.

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