Mobile apps have been wildly successful these days, with Android and Apple jockeying for position in what is basically a two-horse race. This has been great for programmers and developers, because this emerging market has created huge opportunities for them to innovate.
However, Google recently introduced a program that could be a game-changer in the app developing industry. The program is called App Inventor and allows anyone to build an Android app with "blocks," eliminating the need for coding.
The reason why this program could have an enormous impact on the developing industry is that businesses who would normally consider hiring a programmer to create an app may choose to do it themselves through App Inventor.
But let's face it...the amateur apps from App Inventor won't be nearly as high a quality as professionally programmed ones.
It's very similar to using Blogger over Wordpress. Blogger, Google's blog creator, uses set layouts with very simple gadgets and text boxes arranged in blocks (just like App Inventor) that anyone can use to create a blog. Wordpress on the other hand, uses a bit more coding and is more difficult to use, but has a lot more room for customization.
Hopefully this move by Google won't alienate programmers, because App Inventor has the potential to hurt those developers by releasing a program that may make some people think twice before contracting them.
What do you think? Is this the future of apps? Or is this a case of just-because-you-can-doesn't-mean-you-should?