D’oh! Not Again

Having worked for many years at HP, the recent announcement cancelling HP’s Webos program is rich with personal irony. Until yesterday’s announcement, I was working on a bar code scanning application for HP’s Pre 3 phone.

Thinking about life as an independent “app” developer, I’m reminded of Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau’s famous remark about the United States:

Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is affected by every twitch and grunt.

I hope the new PC company gets off to a good start and they get to keep WebOS, but they will have to move forward without my efforts as an “app” developer.

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Why RIM Should buy Palm

Recently I ‘ve been working on an application for the Blackberry.   Since I”m now in a position to compare Android vs. Blackberry development I’ve concluded that Blackberry development platform is a terrible thing to develop on.  And I’m not the only one.  To say that the platform is “not developer friendly” is an understatement.  Their Eclipse plugin’s Internet update/installation functionality appears to have been down for at least several months.  I’ll spare you the many struggles I’ve had creating an app,  like fishing stories, they are only of interest to the participant.

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