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Comment: Re:This is a great move for RIM (Score 1) 113

>>You understand that you as a developer can just pick one to use and not worry about the others, don't you? More is better.

Yeah. I also understand pragmatism.

I also understand that most things in the world are finite. Especially development resources.

Worring about 4 different ways 3rd parties can get code on the platform is a nightmare for RIM. Thats a huge amount of wasted focus, effort, and resources.

And as an outside developer, I *know* it's untenable. Something will have to get cut loose at some point. And the question is, do I feel confident enough on the gamble that the API I pick isn't the one that gets the shaft?

You may not agree with it, but I guarantee thats the calculus a lot of folks are doing.

Comment: Re:This is a great move for RIM (Score -1) 113

If by 'great' you mean terrible.

So to recap, they want you do to app development with :

-Adobe Air.
-Oh yeah, or BB java apps.
-And have a runtime for some Android stuff at some unspecified point in the future (and if you didn't bother reading, apps have to be repackaged for BB).
-Also have the "WebWorks SDK for Tablet OS".
-Oh yeah, and they're bringing out a native C/C++ API.

The phrase"'rudderless ship" comes to mind. 4 completely different API's to get on the thing.

Clusterfuck. No third party is going to take them seriously until they can get their story straight... and the thing hasn't even shipped yet.

No wonder their shares fell 10% today. If i owned any I'd be looking for the exits.

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