Apart from running BBSmart
, I also write a blog called DevBerry
where I talk about issues relating to BlackBerry Developers. Existing readers will know that I am a big advocate of change, having found myself on numerous occasions disappointed with many aspects of the BlackBerry platform for application developers.
Anybody who has ever tried to talk to RIM about these issues as well will know that you face an impenetrable brick wall. Even the serious alliance partners I've talked to face this same frustration and their suggestions and criticisms are mostly brushed aside.
I've been campaigning for RIM to take the BlackBerry developer community seriously, and I recently I was able to sit down with a person from RIM and discuss many of the frustrations I and many other developers I've talked to face. The points raised in that meeting can be found here:
Talking with RIM « BlackBerry Developer SideShow
As a response to that article, I've been told that it and comments to the article will be receiving some good visibility with higher-ups at RIM. If you are a BlackBerry developer and would like to put forward your point of view to RIM, I'm asking that you post a comment as well.
At the end of the day, if you don't ask, you won't get and I think this is a great opportunity to help both yourself and RIM.
A small amount of effort now could have a significant positive impact on the future quality of the APIs, developer tools and documentation that is available for BlackBerry developers.