Video: Gaston Hillar's Developer Perspective on Intel Atom Developer Program

Intel Software Network Black Belt Developer, Gaston Hillar, spoke with me on video at the Intel Developer Forum last week about the opportunities he sees for developers to participate in the new Intel Atom Developer Program.  Gaston appeared onstage, during Corporate Vice President Renee Jame's keynote, showing his application Gaston's Playground on Windows and Moblin, developed for netbooks and MIDS.

It was a pleasure to meet Gaston in person, and have the opportunity to ask him a few questions and hear his responses, which I've summarized below.  Watch the full video on YouTube or here on ISN Take Five Videos.

1) What opportunities does the Intel Atom Developer Program offer to software developers?

It is a very interesting program for developers. The netbook market is developing, and the program provides an opportunity to reuse code.  Most applications only require small changes to target netbooks and MIDs.  Great opportunity to create applications with visual effects -- you can use hyperthreading to work with asynchronous code, and give the user another experience using these devices.  And, you can make money.

2) What about the community experience provided by Intel?

Intel has a great relationship with developers.  When you work with Intel tools, or the Intel Software Developer Community, you find a lot of people who provide information in forums, blogs, SDKs, and documentation that is important to develop an application.  The community experience at Intel is adding value by helping you find solutions and answers quickly, to spend more of your time on writing the apps. That makes a big difference for developers.

3)  What about the opportunity to sell components through the developer catalog?

This is even a bigger opportunity.  If you want to use a component in your application, you have to search in different communities and websites.  If you go to a community you can browse the components and libraries.  You can chose your components, taking into account reputation, and find documentation. Plus it is Intel creating this program so it is different.  I can use the components to create compelling applications.  Not just the simple components, but ones optimized for the Intel platforms. There is no other place for developers to sell components. This will create developer -to developer (or D2D) community.

4) What was your experience developing your application for a netbook device?

It was really a great experience.  The first thing you must target for developing an Atom-based device is to take one, and think about the different ways you would use this new device.  You have a different device, different screen size, resolution, battery life.  The Intel Atom processor is a powerful microprocessor, has hyper-threading.  Get the mobile device first, then design, then write code.  Or, adapt your existing code from desktop computers.  For my application, I changed it, and made it work with Moblin, and to take advantage of the power of the Atom processor.  I used many Intel tools, VTune to tune and check for hotspots.  Mobile internet users don't want to wait.  Tune the applications.  It doesn't matter if you remove filters, if it helps.  And, everything works, on Moblin or Windows.

5) Any final comments?

Netbooks changed the market.  Intel Atom processors changed the market.  This new developer program provides developers with a unique opportunity.  And, this is a big day for component developers.  They can create components and libraries, and get revenue from that.

Thank you Gaston, for taking the time out of your busy schedule at IDF for the interview with me.

If you missed Gaston onstage during the keynote, be sure to watch the replay of Renee James' keynote on the IDF site.  The Intel Atom Developer Program starts at ~40:00 minutes, with Gaston onstage starting at ~45:00.