1. rollingrock1988's Avatar
    Interesting letter:

    I concede defeat. I no longer want to attempt developing an app for the Playbook. Are you happy now? Surely you must be. Considering how terribly designed the entire process is, from the registration right through to loading an app into the simulator, I can only assume that you are trying to drive developers away by inconveniencing them as much as humanly possible. Just in case youíve forgotten, let me give you a little recap of the process youíve put together.

    Living in Waterloo, itís hard not to be reminded of you. I walk by your campus every day, most of my friends have worked for you at some point, and you are the largest supporter of the university I attend. So it seemed like a rather good idea to at least attempt to write an app for the Playbook, your shiny new tablet that you hope will be able to compete with the extremely popular iPad and the up and coming Honeycomb tablets. Having already developed apps for the iPhone and iPad, I had a little experience with the process of signing up for developer programs, and naturally I assumed that yours would be different, but fairly straight forward none the less. Well, you know what they say about making assumptions!

    First, I had to fill out a form with my personal information. No big deal, pretty standard. I do, however, notice that although it is currently free to register with App World, in the future there will be a $200 USD charge. Now just in case youíve never looked in to competing developer programs, Apple charges $99, and Google charges $25. Considering you are by far the underdog in this game, how do you justify charging double the price of the market leader? Also, with the $99 or $25 charge, Apple and Google let you publish and unlimited number of apps on their stores. You, on the other hand, have decided that for $200, a developer should only get to publish 10 apps, and it will cost $200 for every additional 10 apps. On Twitter, I believe that would colloquially be referred to as a fail.
    p2pnet news Ľ Blog Archive Ľ Canadian developer to RIM: ‘I concede defeat.’
    02-26-11 10:33 PM
  2. UrbanGlowCam's Avatar
    The article seems fair and his argument might be valid. But your title is misleading. It sounds like a first hand developer AT RIM is complaining which is NOT the case.
    02-26-11 10:58 PM
  3. Sirhill's Avatar
    This guy who wrote the article is crazy. I have done this same process and it was not even close to how he makes it out to be. If you read some of the comments you will see that a few others think the same.

    "All I can say is wow!!! What you are saying sir is a complete lie!!! I have developed 3 apps for the Playbook and have never had as bad a problem as you said you had. Either you don’t know what you are doing or you just had to say something bad about RIM. In no way am I defending RIM, every company does asinine things, but what you say RIM does to developers is utter nonsence!!! This so called blog of your will no doubt hinder future developers. I say learn before you attempt something, instead of yelling about it on the web… Get a life!!!"

    As the above say's this guys is a joke and more than likely has never done much as a developer.
    02-26-11 11:05 PM
  4. Shao128's Avatar
    02-26-11 11:30 PM