Final Year Project Idea
As you probably know, I’m doing my placement year at Appcelerator, a company which makes cross-platform mobile apps development easier for iOS and Android. One thing that I’ve been doing is thinking about my final year project, what exactly I want to do when I go back to Uni. I’ve been thinking about what this company lacks in, where they could improve, how their customers could benefit, how I could make something that would improve productivity for the app developers out there that use Appcelerator’s technology, something that hasn’t been implemented yet, something which a lot of people would have interest in.
The answer? A drag and drop GUI builder.
The more I think about a drag and drop GUI builder, the more I think this final year project idea could be a success, mainly because currently there is no such thing available for Appcelerator’s platform, which makes it a pain to develop quick prototypes. You would have to write the GUI interface via code, which can be tedious and an overkill for a small test projects.
However, today this idea, this vision, bursted in thin air. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) someone submitted a ticket requesting if Appcelerator was interested in a ‘deal’ for the GUI builder they made, targeting the iOS platform. They even included a YouTube link showing the drag and drop features in action. It definitely is not the best editor. The way they implemented it just looks and ‘feels’ horrible. It’s not really robust either, I would have done a lot more to it, to make it user friendlier. However I guess it will be very welcomed to Appcelerator developers, nevertheless.
I guess I will have to think about something different now, something more awesome. I will need to find some more areas in which this company lacks.