So far, Palm’s SDK has not materialized anywhere (except at O’Reilly’s) – however, it looks like the folks at Palm’s have just accidentally admitted to having some sort of caste system in regards to developers.
The offending quote is as follows:
Palm did confirm that games are in development for webOS,
Palm’s currently working with a small amount of developers in private beta, refining the SDK to their feedback and needs, and will slowly expand that as the phone approaches launch, but we don’t expect a full SDK to reach Joe the Coder until very close to before or after the launch.
Apparently, it looks like Palm doesn’t want to repeat the “open approach” we saw with the original Palm OS – this time, they apparently want a small core team of developers supplying the majority of applications under Palm’s control (possibly giving them a revenue share).
I guess that I don’t need to explain that this move will have a devastating impact on the third-party application ecosystem. “Product wars” such as the one between DataViz and QuickOffice or between Agendus and DateBK have led to some of the finest Palm OS programs available today – a scenario which is more than unlikely in a planned economy.
While a “state-directed economy” has always appealed to some, all countries based on this system have proven themselves to be spectacular failures – do you think that Palm’s attempt will be any different?