This is Apple’s wake-up call:
Google is bringing Android software development to the masses.
The company will offer a software tool, starting Monday, that is intended to make it easy for people to write applications for its Android smartphones.
The free software, called Google App Inventor for Android, has been under development for a year. User testing has been done mainly in schools with groups that included sixth graders, high school girls, nursing students and university undergraduates who are not computer science majors.
The thinking behind the initiative, Google said, is that as cellphones increasingly become the computers that people rely on most, users should be able to make applications themselves.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
Google is now copying Palm! Months ago Palm released its groundbreaking Project Ares web-based development environment.
With that move, Apple has been going against its own unstated principles:
7) Help people create. When the original Macintosh was introduced, it came with a program called MacPaint. While the rest of the computing industry was focused on word processing and spreadsheets, Apple took the next step: marrying creativity to computing.
Steve Jobs himself acknowledged that in its time HyperCard was a really big deal.
So why doesn’t Apple bring it back?
If Jobs fears a flood of Stacks clogging the App Store, let me give him the solution to this. (It’s obvious Apple needs the help, since they still don’t see the value of hiring librarians.) You create a Category in the App Store called — wait for it! — Stacks!
It’s time for HyperCard, Apple. Again.
To see what a big thing HyperCard was in its day and to see how people still cling to its memory, I’ve pulled some links I compiled earlier:
HyperCard Stacks and Scripts
Rescue your old HyperCard stacks with HyperPort
TileStack: HyperCard comes back from the dead and onto the Web
Charles Kelly’s Hypercard Stacks
Welcome To HyperCard Complete
DIFfersifier (HyperCard converter)
Converting a HyperCard stack to Revolution
Freebie HyperCard Stacks
IHUG: HyperCard Around The World
Conversion from HyperCard, SuperCard, or OMO
HyperCard Forgotten, but Not Gone
2: Why on earth would you resurrect HyperCard?
3: “iPhone – Create stacks that look and feel just like native iPhone apps.”