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RIM launches WebWorks App platform for developers

RIM introduces a new Web-based app platform.

San Francisco--RIM developers can now build applications based on BlackBerry WebWorks, a new open-source Web-based development platform. These apps can be written entirely in HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript, and developers can then use the BlackBerry Web App Packager to wrap the apps in a Javascript wrapper, making it easier for them to integrate the app with BlackBerry services. The Web apps can be built on the device and delivered through the App World like other native BlackBerry apps.

RIM says that this new platform combines the richness of Java with the speed of Web development. The BlackBerry open Web platform is now available from GitHub.