With all the comments and feedback we’ve received about our “Down with a Developer” column we’ve started to produce, I just wanted to give some insight into the article and some changes that will be coming.

Firstly: I’d just like to say that our column is called “Down with a Developer” and it’s a regular column we will be running and we will not be changing the title of it depending on role the person we are interviewing plays in the Android community.

Some of these people are total programmers who get their hands dirty deep inside the source code of Android itself and some of them are people who take existing work from other people, add some things, tweak a little bit and are generally known as modder’s.  There are also the people who crack open the files, modify and replace the graphics and icons, change colors and wallpapers and make the ROMs look and feel different, and they are generally known as themer’s.

We won’t be creating multiple columns based on what the person does.  We are not going to have a “Mixing with a Modder” column and a “Talking with a Themer’s” columns.  We will have just a single column called “Down with a Developer” and everyone interviewed will be grouped inside it.

If you have a problem with semantics, then we can’t help you.

What we will be doing in the future is tweaking our interviews to include an introduction that will explain a little more about the person we are interviewing and how they contribute to the community.  This will hopefully clear up what type of developer/modder/themer this person:

Additionally we will be suggesting to all the Interviewees that they refrain from speaking negatively about other community members, but in the same breath, if they have something to say and decide they want to still do so (within certain constraints and after they have been warned about the consequences) they will be allowed to.

You must also understand that these viewpoints are solely from the interviewees and do not reflect the views of AndroidSPIN in any way.

But people, I feel like I’m back at school with all this “Well, He’s not a developer”, “He doesn’t do any coding”.  Aren’t we supposed to be a community?  Don’t all these people contribute to the community?

Removing any personality from the interviews and making them totally technical is not the purpose of these interviews.  They give an insight into the person behind the nickname.

So, there will be an intro.  There will be more editing and warning about slanderous comments and these are the first ones we’ve run and they will get tweaked as time goes on.

If you have any questions that you’d like asked to your neighborhood developer, slip us your questions in the comments below!

I hope this clears things up a little and thanks for listening!

About The Author

I was an IT consultant for 20 years and ran my own web design and development company for an additional 3 years. I have been involved with technology from birth. OK, that maybe an exaggeration, but it sure is a long time. I’m also an avid Home Theater geek and self appointed installer for friends and relatives. My first serious modding of Smart-Phones started with my T-Mobile WING and now Android devices. I’m also a bit of a photographer, although Android has kind of taken over my life and photography has taken a back seat.

18 Responses

  1. SAI

    weird. when i first read the headline, I’m like “they’re trying to get rid of a developer”? The title is worded pretty bad. Maybe Sit-down with a developer?

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  2. SAI

    weird. when i first read the headline, I’m like “they’re trying to get rid of a developer”? The title is worded pretty bad. Maybe Sit-down with a developer?

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  3. SAI

    weird. when i first read the headline, I’m like “they’re trying to get rid of a developer”? The title is worded pretty bad. Maybe Sit-down with a developer?

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  4. sam

    – just wanted to say that I really liked the down with developers column and enjoyed reading them 😀 and am happy to know that you guys will be continuing them. Honestly it shouldn’t matter what they’re called developers, themers, modders, hackers they all work and make things that us as readers use on our phones and enjoy(and its fun to oc your phone till it freezes 🙂 ) just thought i’d get my two cents in and again thank you for writing a good column and to all of you for running a really great website

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  5. sam

    – just wanted to say that I really liked the down with developers column and enjoyed reading them 😀 and am happy to know that you guys will be continuing them. Honestly it shouldn’t matter what they’re called developers, themers, modders, hackers they all work and make things that us as readers use on our phones and enjoy(and its fun to oc your phone till it freezes 🙂 ) just thought i’d get my two cents in and again thank you for writing a good column and to all of you for running a really great website

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  6. sam

    – just wanted to say that I really liked the down with developers column and enjoyed reading them 😀 and am happy to know that you guys will be continuing them. Honestly it shouldn’t matter what they’re called developers, themers, modders, hackers they all work and make things that us as readers use on our phones and enjoy(and its fun to oc your phone till it freezes 🙂 ) just thought i’d get my two cents in and again thank you for writing a good column and to all of you for running a really great website

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  7. Brian S

    I just wanted to say that I totally agree with what Sam said above! Keep up the good work 🙂

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  8. Brian S

    I just wanted to say that I totally agree with what Sam said above! Keep up the good work 🙂

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  9. Brian S

    I just wanted to say that I totally agree with what Sam said above! Keep up the good work 🙂

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    • Simon Walker

      As this post says, the people in these interviews do something related to releasing software that enhances our devices. Something that we benefit from. They may be Programmers, Modder’s, Themer’s or anything else that we use on our phones.
      For me, it’s the word developer that get’s taken out of context.
      Again, this is the name of the column that we produce and the role of the person will explained as part of the interview process from now on.

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    • Simon Walker

      As this post says, the people in these interviews do something related to releasing software that enhances our devices. Something that we benefit from. They may be Programmers, Modder’s, Themer’s or anything else that we use on our phones.
      For me, it’s the word developer that get’s taken out of context.
      Again, this is the name of the column that we produce and the role of the person will explained as part of the interview process from now on.

      Reply
    • Simon Walker

      As this post says, the people in these interviews do something related to releasing software that enhances our devices. Something that we benefit from. They may be Programmers, Modder’s, Themer’s or anything else that we use on our phones.
      For me, it’s the word developer that get’s taken out of context.
      Again, this is the name of the column that we produce and the role of the person will explained as part of the interview process from now on.

      Reply

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