Google Releases DIY Android App Inventor (w/ Video)

Jul 12, 2010 by John Messina weblog
Google Android Application Inventor makes just about anyone a DIY Android App inventor

(PhysOrg.com) -- Google has announced a new software development program that lets anyone develop an application for Android devices; it’s called the App Inventor for Android. Google says the software is intended to allow any smartphone user develop Android applications without having any prior knowledge of programming languages.

The official Labs web page for App Inventor states: “To use App Inventor, you do not need to be a developer. App Inventor requires NO programming knowledge. This is because instead of writing code, you visually design the way the app looks and use blocks to specify the app's behavior.”

With Google App Inventor, blocks can be created for just about everything you can do with an Android phone. Credit: Google Labs.

Google App Inventor also has blocks for doing ‘programming-like’ things as well as blocks to store information, blocks for repeating actions, and blocks to perform actions under certain conditions.

Inserting buttons, blocks and customizing screen colors is just a click away. Credit: Google Labs.

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Since Google App Inventor provides access to GPS-location sensor, you can build location apps to determine where you are. You can build a useful app that will show you where you parked your car; never forget where you’re car is parked anymore.

According to DailyTech, the New York Times states that Harold Abelson is the Google project leader. Harold Abelson is a computer scientist from MIT on sabbatical at Google. Abelson said, "The goal is to enable people to become creators, not just consumers, in this mobile world." Abelson also stated, "We could only have done this because ’s architecture is so open."

The Inventor was tested by women, sixth grade students, nursing students and many others, none of them majoring in .

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Aloken
not rated yet Jul 12, 2010
Looks somewhat simple, but still seems a bit too much for a regular pc user.
trekgeek1
5 / 5 (1) Jul 12, 2010
Wow, that is a complete 180 from Apple's policy. Google takes one more step toward total supremacy. Bravo
zealous
not rated yet Jul 12, 2010
nice to have two polar opposite lines of thought when it comes to the same issue
gwrede
not rated yet Jul 12, 2010
I'm a Nokia N900 user, and I swear, I'll shoot their every exec in the foot if they don't immediately react to this.

This is Killer Sh*t!
maxcypher
5 / 5 (1) Jul 12, 2010
Google has vision like no other
Lectori
not rated yet Jul 12, 2010
This may yet be the future of programing.
Sweetcheeks
5 / 5 (2) Jul 13, 2010
This is definitely not the future of programming.
digitaltrails
5 / 5 (1) Jul 13, 2010
Looks like it's based on scratch the MIT visual programming environment for kids.

http://scratch.mit.edu/
Skultch
not rated yet Jul 13, 2010
Don't worry code-junkies. There will still be plenty of work to do. I do hope this marks the beginning of the end for most front-end user app development. People should be able to easily make custom apps for themselves.
RHochstenbach
not rated yet Jul 13, 2010
"The App Inventor was tested by women,...."
So you're basically saying that there aren't any female programmers in the world.
Anyway the idea is really great, though I think that the Android Marketplace might be filled with more crap because of that.
digitaltrails
not rated yet Jul 14, 2010
This is definitely not the future of programming.


App Inventor seems to be an example of a domain specific language. Some do think that these kinds of languages are very much the future of programming. See Language Oriented Programming...

http://www.onboar.../10/lop/
CHollman82
1 / 5 (1) Aug 10, 2010
This may yet be the future of programing.


No, it is not.

This is to programming as building with Legos is to actual engineering.