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    Google APP inventor for Android

    Did anyone look at APP inventor from google?

    Great software.
    I't s a "kind of" language, well it's not realy a programing language, but you can make applicatins for Android.
    I did try it, and was able to put some buttons, lines and pictures on screen. Very very easy to do it.
    It's a object oriented language, where you can not see the code, just objects, you want a button, just drag it to the screen, you want the buttton to call a picture, draw the picture to the button, something like this, simple, very simple to do a simple application. Of course you can do apps. more complex, and will give you more work, but the concept is very good, for those how dont whant to try a pure language.
    And after you create your application you can save it to *.apk perfect !!

    search for app inventor.
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    I've not tried this but have heard about such object based app development environments.

    Do you have a direct link to it?

    Would be cool to play around with and see what is possible.

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    Sure,
    http://www.appinventorbeta.com

    You must have a google account, nothing else, you can try it online, do a basic application, and then choose option "package for phone"
    and it's ready to roll, you dont need a phone connected (but you can do it), for very basic application, just to try a hello word you dont need anything else, but for the rest you need java instaled on your PC, and download the app inventor software, but it's all very well explained on that link.
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    Thanks. Will take a look next week and give it a go.

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    I try a bit more on app inventor, looks very nice.

    i was able to:

    - working with text boxes
    - put buttons to call pictures
    - put sprites walking over a background picture, works nice, but not many options to control speed, of framerate. but it works
    - storing variables in a small database, that are available after turning off application

    so far so good
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    i give it more time, and i now have:

    Android application that:
    - can go to a personal server, and download thumbnails of every issue of my magazine
    - for each thumbnail i have a button to download the PDF magazinne of that month
    - can check in my personal server for the latest version of software and if it's higher then the version installed at the android, ask if you want
    to send an email to me to ask for a new version. I was not able to put a normal update yet....
    - i can also grab text from files stored in a website/server

    so far so good, but google will shut down this applicationat 31 of December. It's a online software, and it will go to another instituition (MIT) that is allready working on it, but it will be only be available in 2 or 3 months. So if we want to keep working between this period, we must do a emulation with linux to simulate the server.... it's possible to do it with virtua box with Ubuntu and other stuff.
    But it's a very cool software. I love it. Great to do applications without a single code line, everything is object oriented.
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