I would to stimulate the community about a real problem:
the signing of applications on symbian third edition.
There are a lot of problems about signing method and I try to explain my point of view:
1) It's really unfair to obligate the developer to use the certificate to obtain access to the complete API. It sound like a blackmail in computer science.
2) I can understand the charge of 350US$ / YEAR for a certificate, but this could be largely sufficient. Can you imagine the scenario ??? Every time I should correct a bug of my software or I produce a new release, I should pay (from 275 € to 560 € !!!????) to re-test the application ???
3) Moreover there is a delicate question.
I should send my application (and obviously MY IDEA) to the test house BEFORE the application could be already on the market ??
My ideas are very precious and I don't want to give them to unknown people.
I posted this message to stimulate the rebellion.
We must remember that the lucky of symbian depends also on the number of utilities and applications the cellular's customer could find and so,
from the number of DEVELOPERS involved in this activity. Symbian should simplify their work, not put obstacles.
I think that if this situation doesn't change, I will leave the development on symbian and I will start to develop on Linux based platform.
I would know other opinion about this argument.