App Inventor lives! MIT's servers on the other hand...

App Inventor lives! MIT's servers on the other hand...
Google’s long-suffering App Inventor – the program that was going to revolutionize app programing with a totally visual coding environment before Google decided to EOL it along with the rest of their 2011 spring cleaning – was slated to be released in an open source capacity by MIT in April. They managed to get it up ahead of schedule today, but were initially caught off guard by the digital stampede of coders-to-be onto their servers.

A quick check shows that the service seems to be back up at the moment, although it’s possible that the web app’s stability may fluctuate throughout the day depending on server load. Regardless, it’s a great way to get your feet wet in the world of coding, so if you’ve always wanted to try to make that brilliant app idea that’s been floating around in the back of your head, then give the source link a click and see what app you can invent!

source: MIT via Android Central



1. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Nice! This should let coders have a better view of their projects while still under development.

3. windowsRocks

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

I dont think coders will ever use this app.

4. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Well maybe.. But there are people who are visual. I'll use myself as an example :) I have some basic MS SQL knowledge. If you want me to 'write' codes to create a relational database I would probably take a really long time If I were to just write the codes per se. What I do is use MS Access as my 'visualization' tool. I sort of create the relational database in MS Access so I have a better view of how the final database in an SQL server would look like. I'm not a database administrator and I work on the database on a need basis. I'm no expert but I manage to do what I want done by doing what I stated above. So I guess what I'm saying is there might be people who're like me, who can't really code apps from scratch, but want to code apps. This will be useful to this types of people, of course this will be a kid's toy for the real expert coders :p Peace men. :)

5. Scott_H

Posts: 167; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

I don't think it's aimed at people who already know how to code - it's really a tool so that people who are interested in coding but intimidated by it can get a better understanding of how code parts work together to make a finished product. MIT picked up specifically as an educational tool for beginning coders, and for that purpose it seems like an excellent tool, especially if either MIT or the open source community can remove some of the limitations that Google imposed on the App Inventor when it was under their control.

6. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

You said it better :p

2. windowsRocks

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

Is Google hunting for non techie programmers ......LOL........ Waste Of Time Reallyyyyyyyyy........

7. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

not all the creative minded out there are programmers.. i don't know coding, but i would like to try out this as i have some ideas for apps.. and now it's not Google, it is MIT.. so direct that to MIT..

8. androida

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

This is awesome! I was wondering if anyone had tried an online course I found that teaches App Inventor. I want to take it but was hoping to get some feedback on it first. Here's the site: Your input is greatly appreciated!

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