Over the next few weeks I'll be posting tips and tidbits about Blackberry Playbook application development. I'm pretty excited about Blackberry Playbook for a number of reasons. First, it has Flash, as any tablet should have. Not only does it support Flash, but really Adobe AIR is wired into the OS. This opens up crazy possibilities. Also, the Playbook offers true multitasking. For me, whats most exciting is that its a "Blackberry". While iPad is honestly a security quagmire, especially when running within a government environment, Blackberry is a trusted name with many organizations running BB messaging servers in -house. Time will tell on the platform's security, but its definitely going to be a good starting point for conversations with clients. Oh BTW, the 1GHz processor and 1GB RAM doesn't hurt either ;)
I've installed the Playbook SDK and emulator on both Windows and Mac. It's pretty straightforward, and I only had one blip on Windows (fix is here).
So I promised there is an offer for a free tablet - if you submit a Playbook app to AppWorld and it gets accepted before the official Playbook release, you qualify for a free tablet. Simple! Now, I may have screwed up the offer legalities and such so look for yourself for full details.
RIM also has a few resources to get you started:
1. Getting started guide for Mac
2. Getting started guide for Windows
3. BlackBerry Tablet OS Development Resources
In link #3, be sure to check out the webcast series near the top of the page. Enjoy!!!