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Wonderful introduction to App Inventor
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!