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RIM Is Nurturing The Development Community?

SmelslikebullshitElizabeth Woyke of Forbes.com has a great article about the need for creative developers. The whole article describes how large corporations are doing all they can to foster growth in their developer community. Companies such as AT&T and Apple realize that offering bounties and other incentives/help will actually be in their own benefit.

Elizabeth also mentions RIM in this article as a company that is (and I quote here) “doting” on their developers. This made me wonder if I was missing something. So I decided to look up doting (adoring: extravagantly or foolishly loving and indulgent)…

That does not sound like the RIM development community that I have heard multiple developers complain to me about. I don’t remember ever hearing about RIM offering bounties and prizes for great applications. Last time I checked they only liked sponsoring bad comedy shows and Women & Technology awards. I guess they have more important things to focus on.

Would it really kill them to offer a little bit of love to their budding theme and application developers? If even Verizon & AT&T understand the advantage of a strong development community why is RIM always acting so conservative? (Sorry guys it has been a late night )

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  1. Ronen, they did at least have one contest on the best app in a few categories! Once….

    They also don’t provide a lot of documentation on whats going on underneath and their programming examples are very sparse on documentation. You are just supposed to know! :)

  2. Yeah they just love developers. Its not even like they try. Their marketing efforts are just plain SAD. The only thing they are good at is engineering. It just shocks me that they refuse to even follow the basic practices that have made many other platforms sucessful!

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