Stereotyped as a web developer

During casual introductions, it perhaps isn’t particularly good to tell others what you do. I find that introducing myself as a web developer to friends of friends just kind of kills it all. Not because web developers are such nasty people — quite the opposite, most are nice — but that there’s a deep stereotype as to what a software engineer is like. I feel my identity is determined by my work — meticulous, overly logical, robotic and geeky. Furthermore web developer is an increasingly meaningless label since everyone knows a cousin could do what I do. Web programming is just one of the things that I can do. I could do more but in a one sentence introduction I can’t mention all. Now I just say my name and how I first met my friends. Not useful maybe, but rids the stereotype.

Adobe Flex Builder 3 is now free for unemployed developers!

Now this is call software stimulus package:

Adobe® Flex™ Builder 3 Professional for unemployed developers

Adobe Flex Builder 3 software is currently available for free for software developers who are affected by the current economic condition and are currently unemployed.

Program eligibility:

To receive the product under this program, you must attest to the fact that you are currently unemployed and that the software will be used only for your personal use not for any production or commercial purposes.

I attest that the following statements are true:

  1. I am not currently employed or being paid to develop software applications or web pages
  2. Adobe Flex Builder 3 Software I receive under this program is for my personal use to learn about Adobe Flex and improve my skills
  3. My license to use Flex Builder 3 under this program will not be used for production or commercial purposes, nor will it be transferred to any other person or entity, including to my employer should I become employed.

Get it free here.

With all the negative gripes I have with Adobe, I am surprised to see this one.

Gathering iPhone developers at Microsoft

It felt kinda funny so I just had to take a picture. I was at MobFest last week and Microsoft was the venue sponsor.

Why develop for iPhone in Microsoft

When Microsoft got their interns to talk about their projects, a few people stood up and leave. So basically they’re not there for Microsoft at all. It’s kinda sad and funny at the same time. I, too, wasn’t there for Microsoft products. I am working in the building next to them so we just walk over to check MobFest out. After MobFest, Arzhou, Raine and Uzyn had some supper (or dinner). And yesterday, I was at Microsoft Singapore again for RIAction and they had lots of Adobe stuff there. Google and Yahoo! was there too.

I think it is really generous for them to let competitor products step into the company. It requires a certain amount of openness and generosity to allow that to happen. I mean they could have rejected these things and no one would say that they are selfish. After all, it’s not in their commercial interest to host these sort of events. Sure they could sip in a bit of Microsoft talks here and there but they don’t really have to do that too. I don’t think the company deserved to be made a butt of jokes all the time.