24 Apr '12, 2am

Apple patents a WYSIWYG app builder ala Google App Engine

The first business I started was a mobile app’s business back in 2001, for the then popular PalmOS and PocketPC/Windows Mobile. After developing a few basic apps from scratch using ‘traditional’ methods, I stumbled upon an interesting Windows application called PDAToolbox. It was an amazing tool that allowed me to rapidly churn out basic apps (like Personal Information Management type apps) in just a few hours. I created a few commercial apps this way, but the real advantage was being to advertise ‘build a custom app’ services which usually carried a premium. For example a customer in Norway wanted an app to keep track of her local bus stop times. She forwarded me a scanned copy of the bus timetable and I sent her the finished app the next day.

Full article: http://e27.sg/2012/04/24/apple-patents-a-wysiwyg-app-buil...

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