At least that’s what I thought was going to happen within the first 5 seconds of this video. Google’s gone ahead and released the App Inventor, a DIY app creation tool that literally requires you to possess just a little grain of knowledge on how to put pieces of a puzzle together. The drag-and-drop, menu-driven interface ensures you’ll never have to take one look at code.
How useful this tool will be? We can’t say. I’d like to imagine that you can create more robust apps when you have your hand deep within the code (and the demo app that they created didn’t do the world’s greatest job in convincing me). We’re also afraid for what might inevitably happen to the Android market: 100,000+ apps won’t sound as hot when you’ve got a bunch of meow apps getting in your way of finding some true gems.
If you want to learn more about and try out App Inventor, be sure to make your way to the App Inventor labs page now.