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Google Pulls Plug on Programming for the Masses

theodp (442580) writes | more than 3 years ago

Education 1

theodp (442580) writes "Google has decided to pull the plug on Android App Inventor, which was once touted as a game-changer for introductory computer science. In an odd post, Google encourages folks to 'Get Started!' with the very product it's announcing will be discontinued as a Google product. The move leaves CS Prof David Wolber baffled. ' In the case of App Inventor,' writes Wolber, 'the decision affects more than just your typical early adopter techie. It hurts kids and schools, and outfits like Iridescent, who use App Inventor in their Technovation after-school programs for high school girls, and Youth Radio's Mobile Action Lab, which teaches app building to kids in Oakland California. You've hurt professors and K-12 educators who have developed new courses and curricula with App Inventor at the core. You've hurt universities who have redesigned their programs.' Wolber adds: 'Even looking at it from Google's perspective, I find the decision puzzling. App Inventor was a public relations dream. Democratizing app building, empowering kids, women, and underrepresented groups — this is good press for a company continually in the news for anti-trust and other far less appealing issues. And the cost-benefit of the cut was negligible-believe it or not, App Inventor was a small team of just 5+ employees! The Math doesn't make sense.'"

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The whole google labs shutdown is odd (1)

brewmaster64 (255697) | more than 3 years ago | (#37045544)

I don't quite get the whole Google labs shutdown thing, and Android App Inventor shutdown is the most puzzling of all. If you're creating new things anyway, how else are you going to do it? Use more closed betas, so you don't have to devote as much computing resources to it? I must be missing some pieces of the puzzle....
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