July 12, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
App Inventor for Android simplifies the development process and provides drag-and-drop functions for creating apps. You don’t need to know Java, C+, or even HTML – just move a few things around, click a few buttons, and you’ve got yourself an app.
And that’s why it sucks.
To be fair, I haven’t even opened App Inventor so I can’t say that this What-you-see-is-what-you-see-is-what-you-get editor sucks; I’m simply saying that the idea and likely byproduct of it will probably stink up the Android Market. It’s already become annoying dealing with thousands of soundboards, ringtones, and sexy wallpaper apps. Being able to create without any programming knowledge will probably double the number of crappy apps. I can’t help but see this as Android’s version of terrible websites created with Frontpage, Geocities, and other lame WYSISWYG editors.
I pray that I’m proven wrong. Maybe App Inventor will turn out to be a clever way for people with lots of creativity and limited programming skills to build something fun and useful. We’ll know soon enough. Here are some apps created with App Inventor.