We just covered the “BlackBerry Development School of Hard Knocks” this morning and RIM was kind enough to provide us with yet another example of this. Their newly released beta of the BlackBerry Analytics Service SDK for Developers requires developers to submit yet another form to register. I tried logging into the BlackBerry Developer Zone first and it still made me fill out the form again.
RIM could pre-fill about 95% of this form without asking me for this information yet again. They already have my full name, company name, address, telephone number, and email address from my Developer Zone account. Is there a reason they need to ask for it again? The only unique information they ask for is for a BlackBerry Analytics Service Account Name and User Name. Instead of just asking for those two pieces of information we have them asking for 14. We also have to agree to yet another terms of service agreement which is FOURTEEN PAGES LONG when I copied it into Microsoft Word. Oh and you have to scroll through all 14 pages to accept the agreement which is then emailed to you in full when you complete the registration. Is RIM legal really this anal retentive?
Please RIM I am begging you. Why do you have to do this to us? Is RIM’s philosophy to force developers through a gauntlet of fine print every time we want to use a service?
PS: So I registered and then it sent me a really complex temporary password which it made me change when I logged in. It then proceeded to log me out and ask me for my information yet again. My bank does not even do that…