[Techtaffy Newsdesk]

Research In Motion (RIM) unveiled the BlackBerry 10 platform at the BlackBerry World conference currently going on in Orlando, Florida. The company has also released the initial developer toolkit for native and HTML5 software development.  (You can download a free beta version of the toolkit here.)

The toolkit includes the BlackBerry 10 Native SDK with Cascades, which allows developers to create graphically rich, high performance native applications in C/C++ using Qt. Cascades is a native application development toolset that allows developers to build visually stunning applications without having to write complex, low-level graphics code.

The toolkit also includes support for HTML5 application developers with the BlackBerry 10 WebWorks SDK, allowing them to create native-like applications using common web programming technologies. The BlackBerry 10 WebWorks SDK allows developers to use HTML5 and CSS for building apps and provides JavaScript bindings to native device APIs along with RIM’s open source UI toolkit, bbUI.js, to create applications with native-like capabilities. In this initial release of the BlackBerry 10 WebWorks SDK, developers have access to a core subset of the full WebWorks APIs, including Identity, Application and App events, System and system events.

Applications created with any of the BlackBerry 10 tools will run on BlackBerry 10 smartphones as well as BlackBerry PlayBook  tablets when the new platform becomes available for the PlayBook.

[Image Courtesy: Research In Motion]