Death and Rebirth of App Inventor

Often times we see several projects lift off with astounding promises to change the way we do things. Out of these ground breaking concepts, very few actually make it to the top and end up living to their original purposes only to go down in flames while their creators simply jump ship to the best next thing, cutting their losses in the process. Then, we have the rare occasion where a left for dead project will be picked up by a monster-type institution and revive it from its ashes. This is the case for Google’s App Inventor, which saw its birth and demise within a year’s time of its launch. Earlier this year, the App Inventor source code was released by Google and it was said that MIT would be picking up where the search giant left off.

It seems that after a short wait, MIT’s official beta App Inventor service is finally out. MIT’s vision of this not only is geared towards people with no coding skills’ but rather wanted to expand on this by using it as a teaching tool to try and expand the mobile world into the next level due to the potential benefits that promoting such a tool would have. They claim that since they are just launching this service, that there are likely bugs and small issues that slipped through unnoticed during the initial testing period. They also mention that the system could become unresponsive at times due to the potentially increasing load on their servers, but that it will be ok for the most part.

So, if you were thinking about trying to create something and got bummed down because of Google’s decision to can it, now is your chance to give it a go. And don’t forget to share with the world what you can make. After all, the spirit of our community thrives on sharing. Happy devving!

To use App Inventor, you do not need to be a professional developer. This is because instead of writing code, you visually design the way the app looks and use blocks to specify the app’s behavior.

You can find more information in MIT’s official App Inventor page.

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