12/04/2012, 06:26 AM
I'm new to the world of development. So new in fact that I've only just started my first job as a web developer. My background is tech support and I've dabbled a little here and there in coding. I'm currently trying to cram as much PHP into my head as possible for my new job.
Having said that I love gadgets, and mobiles in particular. I'm currently using a BB9780 and loathing it (except the BBM system, that's pretty sweet!). I was all set to move across to Google and Android completely (my phone is due an upgrade in Q1 of next year and I'm looking at getting a tablet next year too) and then I came across this site during a Google hunt today (I was searching for a port of Android for a Pre...don't shoot me just yet!).
Here's the thing. I have a Pre 2 and I was a fan of WebOS. However I ended up moving away from it when I found the qwerty keyboard to start misbehaving (not registering my fingers presses, plus the buttons are small for my podgy fingers) and the fact that HP dropped the hardware (I always found that the Pre could do with a bit more oomph!). My girlfriend can't understand why I keep my old phones, but I just can't bring myself to bin it.
So my question is, should a very new developer start playing around with WebOS as a platform, bearing in mind I only have a Pre 2 right now? I know that, at least right now, I'll never make enough money for it to be my only income. I think developing on this platform could be fun and also more personal. I for one think that the best apps are made when money isn't considered and people do it for the love of playing with the tech.
Maybe I'm just a dreamer but I love the idea of bringing something back from near extinction. I always thought that WebOS had so much more to offer but was never really given the chance.
If development is worth playing with...where do I start? Is there still a valid WebOS Kit out there for devs? I've been given a Macbook Pro for my dev stuff at work, but I also have an Acer 2930 running Win 8 Pro which I could use if, as I suspect, developing for WebOS on a Mac isn't possible without a virtual desktop.
Anyway, it's a bit long-winded but let me know your thoughts