Tonight I played with app inventor for android.
At the same time i got my new droid X.
Overall a good day.
About app inventor:
I gotta say, it’s pretty sweet.
Setup was a breeze.
The tool consists of two views: Fist is the app inventor. This is a browser based layout tool where you set up your UI and pick the visual and non-visual components.
The second part is the “block editor” where you do all of your wiring and make things work.
Overall it’s pretty easy to get started and to understand. I can’t wait to see the creative things people come up with.
I decided to play with the accelerometer.
I was able to pretty easily and intuitively set up a view that displayed the different accelerometer properties in real time. I also added logic to count steps.
It was super easy to do. the packaged apk file is available for download here.