Building the Platform, One Dev at a Time

Last week when I read Jamie’s excoriation of the Blackberry Playbook dev platform (so many people forwarded it to me), it made me sad.  Sad because a developer was hitting friction on a platform on which he clearly wanted to develop apps.

Tyler Lessard from RIM responded to this open air criticism, and I give him points for his embracing this publicly.  I look forwarded to meeting Tyler at some point in the future.

There are some in the community that said Jamie was bitching and moaning.  He was.  They say he gave up too easily.  Perhaps.  This issue does elucidate a more pressing issue, which is the plethora of choices available to the discerning developer, and the decreasing ability to get it wrong if you are a platform provider.  Further, with Twitter and blogs being so public – they are forever etched in stone people! (i.e. the search index) – it’s hard for a platform provider to not to feel like they are under constant and heavy fire.

Yet, the very tools which quickly bring scorn and ire to some can provide for a happy ending to others.  In just under 4 hours, I was able to reach out to someone in another country, whom I have never met, and had never heard of prior to last week, and prompt him to action.

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Even if we build the platform one developer at a time, that’s one more developer than we had last week.  Every developer matters.  Every. Single. One.  I effing love my job.