Scratch – the educational programming app was removed from iTunes store – Here’s a post from the Scratch forums –
…Apple has banned all third party software from creating ipod apps. What they did to scratch was nothing compared to what they did to Adobe. Flash CS5â€™s biggest feature was the ability to make flash programs for the iphone and because Apple has banned this the usefulness of flash CS5 has gone down a lot. Its a business decision. Apple wants to be in complete control of what can make apps for their machines so they ban all app creators except their own…
While the Adobe vs Apple – Flash feud is interesting and sometimes comical to watch, Scratch and the children/parents/educators are now collateral damage.
You can read a bit more about Scratch here.
Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art — and share your creations on the web. As young people create and share Scratch projects, they learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. Scratch is developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab, with financial support from the National Science Foundation, Microsoft, Intel Foundation, Nokia, Iomega and MIT Media Lab research consortia.
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Well, now this will leave a mark on kids when they cant have their favorite app anymore.
Hopefully will make them grow up to despise this level of control of things.
Just curious if anyone knows how much DNA MIT’s Scratch and Google’s App Inventor might be sharing. The NY Times article stated that Harold Abelson from MIT was leading the project – and when I saw the similarities in the UI I became curious if the code under the hood was the same, or if App Inventor is just borrowing the visual metaphor.
In any event – this may provide a new life for stranded Scratch projects – and provide a new level of democracy for smartphone development.
If you’re curious about Google’s new program: http://appinventor.googlelabs.com/about/
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