Just like my first week, when I was astonished by how easy it can be for someone to build a website with Weebly and competing software, I was amazed again by the vast options of software that serve the same function but for building apps. There are so many of these "bridges" that make the development world accessible to those of us with little programming background. I once thought everybody needs to learn CompSci because C++, Java and whatever other central computer languages that exist were bound to be the languages of the future. International languages that every 2040 child will learn with the first words of their mother tongue. Now I realize this knowledge is unnecessary and even inefficient. Just like most of us don't use Linux or other open source operating systems and prefer windows or what apple provides to us, there will be specialized website and application developers that make the process accessible to the rest of us. Obtaining programming knowledge is helpful, and still something I want to pursue, but you do not need it to innovate an old industry with new technology!
The first website I checked out was appnotch.com. Though not as user friendly, appnotch uses a similar system to weebly. The different design tools are present on a tool bar to the left of the screen available to be "dragged-and-dropped" right into the app. Most of the common features that are present in iphone apps are available to be added and my experience with blogging on weebly definitely made it easier to begin designing.
I added pictures, played videos and made menus, but when I began an attempt at making the home screen I sketched I immediately faced issues. There are no graph inputs, you can not just add icons to the header and the protruding menu on the top left corner is just not happening. As I have done with Weebly, I tried to use the tools that are provided to create these items in a creative manner but these efforts were to no avail. Finally I decided to try the next app and I opened codiqa.com.
But nothing is easy the first day so I still have hope. It may even just be that I need to upgrade to a subscription version to have more tools. I am sure that I will find a way! May just take a while...