Our IT 780 class focused on many of the different tools and aspects of Social Networking and Mobile devices. I have found myself especially interested in developing applications for mobile devices **especially since I just got an Android phone not too long ago :)**
We were assigned to make a presentation to the class about a tool that is either a Web 2.0 or a Mobile development tool and I chose Google App Inventor. I’ve never had much of a background in programming (other than dabbling in ActionScript) and I’ve never been too apt to just picking up a new programming language and running with it. So Google App Inventor was a very welcome innovation for me.
Basically App Inventor is “Legos” for programmers. The two components of the cloud based software are a (more or less) WYSIWYG application builder and a block-based programmer. When I tell you that it is very easy to figure out, believe me.
This tool would be great for a number of people:
- programmer intro students
- people that are curious about building apps
It would be too limited for advanced programmers, but for me and those like me wanting to get into the app-building pool without jumping head first into the deep in, App Inventor is what the doctor ordered.