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App Inventor for Android: Build Your Own Apps - No Experience Required!

App Inventor for Android: Build Your Own Apps - No Experience Required! [Kindle Edition]

Jason Tyler
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Create Android mobile apps, no programming required!

Even with limited programming experience, you can easily learn to create apps for the Android platform with this complete guide to App Inventor for Android. App Inventor for Android is a visual language that relies on simple programming blocks that users can drag and drop to create apps. This handy book gives you a series of fully worked-out apps, complete with their programming blocks, which you can customize for your own use or use as a starting point for creating the next killer app. And it's all without writing a single line of code. Don't miss the book's special section on Apps Inventor Design Patterns, which explains computer terms in simple terms and is an invaluable basic reference.

  • Teaches programmers and non-programmers alike how to use App Inventor for Android to create Android apps
  • Provides a series of fully worked-out apps that you can customize, download, and use on your Android phone or use as a starting point for building the next great app
  • Includes a valuable reference section on App Inventor Design Patterns and general computer science concepts
  • Shows you how to create apps that take advantage of the Android smartphone's handy features, such as GPS, messaging, contacts, and more

With App Inventor for Android and this complete guide, you'll soon be creating apps that incorporate all of the Android smartphone's fun features, such as the accelerometer, GPS, messaging, and more.

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Build your own Android Apps – piece by piece! App Investor for Android is a complete, hands–on –guide to creating your own apps with Google’s App Inventor –a powerful tool that allows even non–programmers to create mobile applications for Android–powered devices. Inside, you will learn programming and mobile OS concepts while creating fully functional, useful, and fun applications for the Android platform. Using App Inventor’s drag–and–drop interface, you will create apps that take advantage of Android device features including the accelerometer, GPS, messaging, contacts, the Web, and more. Insider you will learn how to Set up App Inventor and connect your phone or emulator Use the App Inventor Designer to create your app’s look and feel Work with the App Inventor Blocks Editor to ass functionality to your app Build a chat client using App Inventor’s Bluetooth capability Create your own games Design your own Twitter app App Inventor for Android shows you to create fully–functional apps that you can build, download, and use on your Android phone right away. Best of all, the apps come with complete source blocks, fully explained in easy–to–understand terms, which you can customize or use as a model  for building your own Android applications. Please visit to download project files. 

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7162 KB
  • Print Length: 489 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1119991331
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (4 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004W3NMG0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #269,374 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Google no longer supports App Inventor 24 Jan 2012
By Geoff
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought two text books in December; beautiful publications, excellent illustrations and examples, top quality paper, etc. Unfortunately, there was no warning on the Amazon site that Google had announced withdrawal of support for App Inventor in August 2011 and it was taken out of service on 31st December 2011!! The starting URL in the book takes you to a Google page saying that it is no longer supported. The book therefore is not fit for its intended purpose: to design Android apps using App Inventor.

There is some indication that MIT "may" take over support, but until this becomes clear, I would advise everyone to avoid this book - you will not be able to use App Inventor. I suspect the publisher will have to reissue the book with corrections, if MIT provides support in the future, as most of the existing URLs will no longer work.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Arheddis Varkenjaab TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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As computers get more and more easy to use the coding skills of that grew up on ZX Spectrums and Commodore 64s is being lost to the 'youth of today'. It's great then, that this knowledge is making something of a comeback with the popularity of mobile phone 'apps'.

Coding is difficult not because of the concepts, which are simple, but the arcane syntax you need to master to get the blimmin' thing to do what you want. Google's App Inventor is brilliant then, because it does all this for you. All you need is an idea, and you simply snap building blocks of code together. You can't get the code wrong, because if the syntax doesn't work then the building blocks won't fit. Brilliant.

But, you still need to start somewhere and learning about loops and decision making and so on can be a bit daunting. That's where this book comes in. Very simply explaining how to write code using App Inventor, taking you through step by step and building apps as you go.

So why four stars and not five? Well, it's not quite as clear as it could be. For example, I'd not actually come across App Inventor before receiving this book, and nowhere does it really explain what it actually is. It's assumed you've already got all the software and are raring to go. The installation of the app-writing software is explained rather perfunctorily in an appendix, and at this point i was a bit confused as to what I was actually doing.

Once you're up and running though, it's fairly straightforward. There are few niggling errors where you'll find your work doesn't quite match the examples in the book, even though you've followed the instructions perfectly but these actually help the learning process as you'll try to find out why.

So, not perfect, and you'll need a bit of patience to really get to grips with things, but this is a good book to get started with if you're already playing about with App Inventor. Good fun and recommended.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No longer valid information 23 Jan 2012
By Terence
I was excited about this book as it looks to be exactly what I need and appears well written.

However I purchased it for Kindle on my Galaxy Note got as far as the chapter on setting up for Google App Inventor and was then directed to a page stating that it no longer exists. I looked it up on Wikipedia and it says it was taken offline on Dec 31 2011 and plans to return at some point early 2012 with a new site. Not much use to anyone wanting to read this book right now.

Such a shame, looks like a great book and I was looking forward to my first Tec book using kindle on my Note.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. Stuart Bruce TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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As a programming book for beginners, this is very good.

The claim of "no experience required!" is an ambitious one, and I don't think it's completely true, but it's not bad. If you've had ANY programming experience before at all, even if it was 25 years ago, then you'll have no problem here. If you really have absolutely no experience at all, you might want to read some online 'programming for beginners' websites first.

There are a very large amount of screengrabs and other explanatory images, and it's all explained in a very methodical way. If anything, once you get the hang of it after the first few chapters, you start to wish that the book wouldn't be quite so prescriptive, as it continues to tell you exactly which button to press, one by one, a little bit longer than is probably necessary. At one point this begins to feel like filler material even for beginners, but once you get confident in what you're doing you can skip on ahead without having to follow every step to the letter.

On the other hand, I do have some PC programming experience, though I'm not an expert. Compared to something like Visual Basic or PHP, App Inventor is, out of necessity, quite a different beast and I found this book a really good way to introduce me to app-based programming. There's a definite novelty to it, and quite a different mindset too, in that you have a lot of phone data available to you- GPS position, orientation of handset, built-in camera, yet users will rarely use a keyboard.

App Inventor itself is a very visual, drag-and-drop approach to programming. Some would say that proper programmers would use Java and that App Inventor is just for novices.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for learning app inventor 3 Nov 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My son has read this book from cover to cover. He has enjoyed doing all of the example apps and transformed himself from beginner to competent in just a few Weeks.
He now has an interest in software development which will lead him to greater things.
This was the perfect book for him.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the book you need.
OK so it's not 'for dummies' or an 'idiots guide' but it is just as effective. I found this to be very helpful and user friendly.
Published 6 months ago by Mad Saint Uden
4.0 out of 5 stars a good starting book for apps
I found this book was useful in attempting to write my own apps. It does require that the treaty have some familiarity with programming. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Stephen Luff
3.0 out of 5 stars Great if you know what you are doing
Lets be honest- this game is not simple. If making app's were straight forward, then we would all be doing it, right?

Well, nearly. Read more
Published on 15 Aug 2012 by Mr. Simon Paddon
3.0 out of 5 stars doesn't quite live up to it's billing
Does not quite do as it says. I definately fall into the "no experience required" category, and this book is very technical and difficult to understand. Read more
Published on 26 May 2012 by Syd
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book, but of limited use now!
When Google launched App Inventor for Android it seemed like a killer app. An easy way to create your own Android apps! Read more
Published on 17 May 2012 by Mr. R. Brown
2.0 out of 5 stars App...less
Unfortunately this book really doesn't fit the purpose it was intended for as Google have terminated the App Inventor. Read more
Published on 9 May 2012 by The Dapper Dude
1.0 out of 5 stars No longer valid
This book has some good content and really gets to grips with developing for Android, especially for beginners. Read more
Published on 26 Jan 2012 by Richard Stowey
4.0 out of 5 stars A good start
Google App Inventor is a nifty tool which allows you to build applications using drag and drop techniques. Read more
Published on 9 Sep 2011 by Peter Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars App inventor for android book
This product was a really good buy .This book was a gift for my boyfriend who was having trouble with making apps himself on his phone which kept crashing, he said the book is... Read more
Published on 9 Sep 2011 by e kawa
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