Hacks 60 71: Introduction
There's nothing like free enterprise to spur innovation and fill the needs of paying customers. In places where the BlackBerry comes up a little short (there are a few not many, but a few), there are a growing number of third-party developers ready to fill the void. This chapter showcases the entrepreneurial spirit of the BlackBerry application developer. Most of these providers are small businesses (some even a single person!) that have found a nice niche with the BlackBerry. RIM's loyal customer base makes a nice, motivated target audience for third-party applications. If you've got a need, there's a good chance there is a BlackBerry application that can fill it. If there's not a program that does what you're looking for, at the current rate of development, just wait a couple weeks! This chapter highlights some useful third-party programs to get you started: a real-time stock quote program [Hack #70], a program to modify Office documents [Hack #68], an alternate web browser [Hack #66], and an alternate email program [Hack #67].