Say Hello to Peter - the newest @motodev community member

by Peter_vdL Motorola on 11-29-2010 04:14 PM - last edited on 11-30-2010 03:08 PM by Community Manager

Hello everybody!                               


I'm Peter van der Linden - the newest member of the MOTODEV team.   I recently joined Motorola Mobility in the role of Android Technology Evangelist.  It's early days yet, but I can tell you I wear a big grin all day long, as I get to engage with the latest Motorola products and Android software.   If you're thinking "Hmmm, that last name sounds familiar", it might be that you're a fan of the 1970's Dutch rock band Focus - their drummer had the same name as me, and when I lived in London, England, I used to get his calls occasionally.   That led to confusing situations for both of us, and it may be why Focus never entered the Eurovision song contest (Abba were in it two or three times!) Or maybe you've read one of the computer books I've written?  Possibly "Just Java" or "Expert C Programming," or one of the others.

Up to now, I've always worked in software development in an engineering team. My previous position was with a software start-up developing Android apps, and I bring my developer perspective to the MOTODEV community.  The job of a Technology Evangelist is largely about successful communication - outbound communication to software developers about new tools and techniques, and inbound communication to Motorola's product teams to keep them well informed about what developers need.

And that's where you come in!  One of my hobbies is collecting code idioms - examples that represent baffling bugs, or clever coding, or tuning tips, or anything in between.  I've been collecting these kind of examples for years.  I do it instead of going to sports events, opera, or Eurovision song contests (which, when you think about it, is kind of like a sports event combined with opera).  If you have come across any interesting code anecdotes in your Android development work, please send them to me (only things that can be freely shared for the benefit of everyone, of course). I will put the best examples on display for the education and inspiration of the MOTODEV community at large.  You can email me via the MOTODEV community by clicking here (Note: a MOTODEV account is required).   I look forward to hearing from you, and also meeting many of you at future developer events.  




by Marco Papa(anon) on 12-15-2010 01:16 PM

Peter, I listened to your presentation at  AT&T Developer Program' s webinar is titled "Creating Screen-independent Apps on the FLIPOUT, FLIPSIDE, & BRAVO" . Great stuff. I wanted my developers to listen to it again, but the archive at ATT does not provide a link. Do you have a location for the recording of your session? We are a developer with MOTODEV, currently shipping our "Radio" app with SHOP4APPS.

by Peter_vdL Motorola on 12-27-2010 03:57 PM

Hi Marco,


Thanks for your kind words about the presentation.   AT&T has now posted the video of my presentation on their developer site at





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