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on 2 June 2011
For those of you who do not know what app inventor is, it is essentially Lego for mobile applications on the Android platform. It allows you to make apps very quickly with little to no programming knowledge by following some very clever and well thought out tutorials.

I bought this book for my 11 year old son as he is interested in computers and programming, so I though this would be a good introduction for him. The book is written for beginner programmers and really does bring across the simplicity of the model used. The general idea behind app inventor is to use small building blocks (think Lego) to create your application. NO PROGRAMMING knowledge is required! To build the applications you just drag and drop components onto a canvas and then link actions together using the building blocks. The tutorials are spot on building both confidence and functionality as you move from one tutorial to another. The book covers the tutorials you can find on the app inventor site in the first 13 chapters (with some new apps), the second half of the book is more a general programming tutorial highlighting what is available and how it can be used. Too be honest the second half is a pretty useful reference manual, so well worth getting. Overall this is an excellent book and introduction. You can build some seriously appealing and useful applications with the tool-kit. If you have any doubts have a try on the app inventor site, once your hooked by this book!
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on 23 May 2013
This is a great book which gives a good introduction to App Inventor.
This book however is available for free in PDF form with videos from appinventor so why so expensive to buy the actual book?
I know there are costs etc in publishing but for this book to be so expensive especially the Kindle version is ridiculous!

For those that comment on me not reviewing the book but the service from Amazon, I agree but if I can save some people some money I don't care!
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on 5 December 2013
This book is an authority on the App Inventor.
It is published by O'Reilly, a well-respected technical publisher.
The text is professionally written and presented, with excellent clear diagram.
This contains all the information about creating your own apps from scratch.
The kids at school love App Inventor, and this book helps teachers to teach it.
I know a good deal of the information in the early parts of this book are on the web, but programming on the computer at the same time as reading the information on your Kindle or the actual book is very much easier.
Well done to all the team at MIT too.
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on 17 April 2012
very helpful book,straight forward and easy to understand,helped me understand the basics of using the blocks, and understanding the layouts on the main program,
as i dont want to use lots of code to program, the app inventor is straight forward to understand, and having this book alongside me helped tremendously,worth the purchase.
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on 17 March 2013
Lots of examples and clear descriptions of how to use App Inventor to write Android mobile phone applications that work.
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on 15 April 2013
It's the next best thing to having a teacher in front of you. This is good value for money and I recommend it.
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