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Google App Inventor: Not for everyone

As someone who grew up on BASIC and actually did some serious projects back in the 80’s and 90’s using HyperCard, I’m massively in favour of simple, easy to use programming tools. So Google App Inventor instantly caught my attention.

And then I saw it.

Oh dear.

The only people who could possibly think that this was “coding for the rest of us” are people who’ve forgotten when it was like to first learn how to create programmes, and that have never seen the incredible, powerful tools that something like HyperCard had. With HyperCard, anyone could pull together something and have it working without having to write a single line of code – but if you did delve into the code, you could do amazing things in a language that was closer to English than BASIC.

App Inventor hasn’t learned the lessons of HyperCard. And that’s a shame, because simple, powerful development tools are pretty thin on the ground.

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  • Mark

    More boring Apple fanboy ranting. Lets be honest, if this were Apple releasing this, it would be the best thing since sliced bread.

  • Ian Betteridge

    Mark, if you can’t add anything constructive, I suggest you don’t comment.

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  • http://ithink.ch/blog/ Ölbaum

    What’s wrong with it? It seems to be at the same level as most open source software and to be capable of making software of that level too.

    Think, think, click, click…


  • Fizz

    Hey Ian,
    Why cant Mark have an opinion? Just because he doesn’t agree with you doesnt mean that he cannot comment. Perhaps you shouldnt write articles then or have features where people can leave comments (or is it for favourable comments only?)

  • Ian Betteridge

    Fizz, he didn’t agree or disagree with me: he just came along, threw in an insult, and went away again. That’s not commenting, debating, or arguing – it’s pissing on someone’s wall. It’s that kind of shitty, stupid behaviour that’s making many people turn off comments altogether, which spoils it for everyone else.

  • Fizz

    hey mate, i beg to differ. I think he did disagree with you.
    In fact, he said that if this was made by apple then “it would be the best thing since sliced bread” which in your opinion Google App Inventor wasnt so yea, learn to accept criticism or stop having guestbooks

  • Ian Betteridge

    No, what he was saying was that if it was made by Apple, *I* would be saying it was the best thing since sliced bread – because I’m “a fan boy”. That’s not an argument, it’s an insult. It’s not criticism, it’s pointlessly shouting “YOU SUCK”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mithunpratap.singh Mithunpratap Singh

    It might also be worth mentioning that this runs from a browser. If I am let into the Beta program I can tell you how this compares to regular Android development (fingers crossed).