Tuesday, July 13, 2010

App Inventor Versus Scratch

Google has launched it's latest innovative solution for mobile applications.

Now you may think what so special about it?

Well, it is special because now it is not required to be a programmer to develop a mobile application for Android operating system.

With the help of this latest App Inventor, any non-programmer can develop a mobile application.

The idea is quite innovative, as it uses blocks instead of textual code to create an application. Though this idea is not so unique, since another language named Scratch, that is meant for kids, was launched in Dec, 2007 by Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab.

Scratch has been developed keeping kids in mind. So it was made to teach programming language to kids in a very simple way. And to make it so, all the complexity have been removed. Hence, the result were blocks of hidden wrapped codes.

It seems that Google has taken this idea further and made it more general purpose. In fact, it looks more useful, if it can be used by non-programmers.

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