2nd time I'm complaining about Research in Motion's complete and total lack of support for developers. When a company releases an SDK that uses over 15 licenses from open source projects, yet links none of the prerequisites required to install the SDK in it's install instructions it makes me wonder why.t.f. I am even bothering trying to develop an application for them.
DEVELOPERS, MDS STUDIO IS A TOTAL JOKE. IF YOU USE THIS TO DEVELOP YOUR APPLICATION: THIS BLOG IS NOT FOR YOU.
How To Install Blackberry JDE
1) Uninstall all previous attempts to install all components on your system.
2) Download and install the Java(TM) SE Development Kit (was version 5 Update 1 for me). You can find a link here (top link in the previous release download list).
3) Download and install the Blackberry Java Development Environment v4.2.x from here
4) If the shortcuts created in windows do not work in launching the IDE then your JDK path variable is not properly setup. Take the following steps to set your path variable
a. Right Click on My Computer and Select Properties
b. In the Advanced Tab click Environment Variables
c. In the System Variables list view scroll down to the path variable.
d. Edit the path variable such the first path points to the jdk1.5.x\bin file. (ex:\\ C:\jdk1.5.0\bin;C:\nextpathinlist;D:\nextpathinlist....)
5) Click the shortcut to open the application.
6) If the shortcut still doesn't work you have the wrong version of the Java Software Development Kit (which they now call merely a JDK). Go back to sun and download version 4 or 5 JDK (Blackberry JDE Version 4 requires JDK 1.4.x while Blackberry JDE Version 4.2 requires JDK 1.5.x).
7) If you are still having trouble write a blog post and rip RIM for it's lack of end to end installation support!!!
I hope that helps! It took me about a day to figure out all the problems. I'm not a Java person so I have little exposure to all the simple things like setting your path variables.
Over and Out