BlackBerry dev sounds off

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OwRonen has spotted a stab at RIM and how its relationship with software developers. Neil always has plenty to say on the developer’s perspective of things, and he generally doesn’t pain a pretty picture. Now, I’m no programmer, but poor documentation, forums and an inconsistent API all sound like pretty valid complaints that RIM should be addressing if they want to keep developers or attract more. The list of issues explains why the majority of coders just go for Windows Mobile or Symbian instead, but it also makes you respect folks working on BlackBerry despite these problems. Any other developers in the house who have any particularly bad experiences with working on the platform?

  • http://www.5o9inc.com/ Peter Cranstone

    Simon,

    We’re just finishing off our port of the contextual menu capability we showed you on Windows Mobile to the Blackberry Platform. We’re amazed at how hard it is to get information out of Blackberry. It has to be the worst development platform we’ve seen. Windows was tough but reasonable – Blackberry is very tough and access to accurate documentation is non existent. If I had to summarize it – Blackberry is a consumer device with a IT operating system. Windows Mobile is both an IT device and a consumer device with a much friendlier OS to develop to.

    Cheers,

    Peter

  • http://www.5o9inc.com Peter Cranstone

    Simon,

    We’re just finishing off our port of the contextual menu capability we showed you on Windows Mobile to the Blackberry Platform. We’re amazed at how hard it is to get information out of Blackberry. It has to be the worst development platform we’ve seen. Windows was tough but reasonable – Blackberry is very tough and access to accurate documentation is non existent. If I had to summarize it – Blackberry is a consumer device with a IT operating system. Windows Mobile is both an IT device and a consumer device with a much friendlier OS to develop to.

    Cheers,

    Peter