At the time this first came out there was a real buzz in Twitterland about Google App inventor. Now it may be because I have left this land but its probably more likely down to our 5 minute attention span but no one has spoken about this for quite some time. I am pretty sure anyone can now sign up for an App inventor account now and it really is a cool tool to use for writing Google Apps. Yes I should be spending less time fucking about with this and more time actually writing proper Google apps in Java but I just can't be bothered at the moment and this suits my purposes.
From an education standpoint I think it's excellent. I can show this to my girlfriend who is currently studying for a FdSc in Computing but is struggling with all the programming and it helps her to understand the logic behind basic programming. Once you have written something it creates a more credible finished product that she can install on her Android phone and show to people instead of some ropey looking half arsed asp.net forms website or just a console app.?
Play with it now or die![youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ADwPLSFeY8?wmode=transparent]