Application Tools Meetup Summary
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:42 PM
I'd like to thank Abraham and Ryan for presenting yesterday! And also surprise guest Christine Alluise from Microsoft User Research!
The App Inventor material Abraham showed us brought to light a tool that is obviously targeted at educational institutions, yet could - assuming it doesn't languish in Google Beta hell - be used by "real" professionals as a RAD mockup tool. A lot of basic functionality such as sensors, UI widgets, and speech recognition were available as drop-in pieces, literally plug-and-play. I look forward to seeing where it goes as both a learning tool for aspiring developers, and a mockup tool for the more experienced.
Ryan, from Adobe, expanded on our Adobe Air knowledge by throwing together a quick mockup for a list-view with touch controls within Flash, and running it on a device directly. There's obviously a huge amount of potential here for custom layout applications - it's very nice to be able to leverage the large library of existing Flash widgets, rather than having to roll your own in OpenGL from scratch. Assuming the performance problems get fixed - either through cleverness by Adobe or hardware enhancements by the manufacturers - then this will become a standard part of the toolkit. I, for one, was somewhat pleased to see the Eclipse integration as well; despite hours of pain that IDE has caused me, bringing everything together under a single interface will only benefit everyone involved.
Next time on Seattle Android Meetup! Continuing the theme, Bryan Lunduke will talk about his content creation tool, and Scott Dunlop from IOActive will talk about Android security (or rather, the lack thereof)!