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App Inventor for Android: Build Your Own Apps - No Experience Required! Paperback – April 25, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1119991335 ISBN-10: 1119991331 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1119991331
  • ISBN-13: 978-1119991335
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 7.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #351,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Build your own Android Apps - piece by piece! App Inventor 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 wiley.com/go/appinventorandroid to download project files.

About the Author

Jason Tyler is passionate about technology and people. Jason teaches technology professionally to help people achieve their goals using the power of technology. He plays with technology because he loves the empowerment that technology can bring, and also because he is attracted to anything shiny.

Jason is a lifetime student who considers a day wasted if he is not awed by something. His passion for technology has lead him to hold multiple certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, CompTIA, and ITIL. His passion for people led him to seek a B. A. in theology.

Jason is an avid and dedicated photographer, sailor, and gamer. Of all the things he is, Jason is proudest to be the husband of Rebecca and the father of Liam and Declan.


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Customer Reviews

See, App Inventor is a good program, and this book is a good book.
Zak Dwyer
The only downside to going thru the book, bonus chapters and web site is I now have more, and more complex, app project ideas that I want to find time to work on.
Amazon Customer
The book is well written and the tutorials are clear and easy to follow.
Carel Miske

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 16, 2011
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For many people wrestling an idea for an app into an actual wokring app is daunting. There are issues of setting up a development environment, learning the way the device you are making an app for wants you to code for it, deciphering the vectors and hooks into the device's layers and then crafting your idea thru all those processes into something you can see and touch on the screen of your device. With this book as my guide I was able to get through these processes in a near painless manner.

Each process was laid out before me in easy to understand steps and many of the stumbles I made were addressed before I was about to make them. What problems I did come across where not as problematic thanks to the way the author organized his book. The pacing of the examples were perfect, I felt like I was getting a solid payoff after working thru each chapter. With the completion of each chapter I also felt a little more confident that I would be able to take my ideas for apps and make them actual working apps. After the twitter chapter I was near giddy with accomplishment; I played the proud parent as I showed off the app to those folks I was able to pin down. The bonus online chapter was the perfect reward for finishing up the book. What was even better was finding all the video tutorials on the authors web site, truly an amazing set of learning that just keeps on getting better over time.

The only downside to going thru the book, bonus chapters and web site is I now have more, and more complex, app project ideas that I want to find time to work on. This book was truly empowering as well as educational.

The other unforeseen outcome of going thru the author's works is that my 8 year old son now wants to work on some apps with me.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By NM on April 28, 2011
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I was so glad to see this book. It seems to be the first book out on Google's App Inventor for Android. Jason Tyler is an excellent teacher. I have completed three chapters of the book so far and find his style perfect for the amateur app inventor programmer. Concepts are clearly presented, things are well illustrated, snags are anticipated and explained. If you have struggled with App Inventor and appreciate an experienced teacher, this is the book for you.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By michael rangel on May 17, 2011
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The Google App Inventor is a very powerful/simple tool and this book is a great to make it easy to use. It helps that I know how to program so this was a breeze. I recommend this book if you have little or no programming experience. Even if you do have programming experience like myself, I would still recommend this book because this will get you started in mobile apps (which in my opinion has a very bright future).
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Tony Gasp on January 20, 2012
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I purchased the kindle version (thank goodness), then went to google's site only to find out that google cancelled their program and turned it over to MIT, who plans on introducing a new version sometime in the first quarter of 2012. I am disappointed that this has not been noted in the book description on Amazon.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Tyler on April 29, 2011
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As a very untechnical person, I approached the idea of creating my own applications with fear and trembling. However, very quickly I had actually made applications of my own and found the experience very empowering and exciting. The book makes application development very approachable. If I can benefit from this book, anyone can! (even if he didn't use my sketches - lol)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Moore VINE VOICE on May 17, 2012
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App inventor is a set of visual tools by Google (which they stopped supporting) that allow you to build an Android App and put it on your Android device.

This is a cool, Lego-block like system for technically savvy non-programmers. Programmers are better off building apps in Java using Eclipse.

It's not simple, you can't just pop into the toolset and build something robust. Google's help is poor (just like with most of their products). So this book bridges that gap and helps you to get some Apps up and running and get them on your phone.

You're not going to build the next Instagram with this, but it is a fun way to get into building a custom app for personal use.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Zak Dwyer on April 20, 2012
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See, App Inventor is a good program, and this book is a good book. But MIT took back/took over the project and now a lot of the links are broken in the book. The projects work just fine when you can set everything up, but if you're a total beginner and expect this book to do everything for you, you're gonna have a bad time. Find your phone/tablet drivers, and install them while your phone/tablet is not plugged in. Next, install the appropriate version of Java (probably 64 bit if you're running with 4 GB of RAM or more), and then install the Java SDK. Next, you'll want to follow these instructions: [...]. They have an installer so that you can use the code window, and it can interact with your phone. Finally, go to [...] to actually use the program.

Hope this helps,

- Zak

EDIT: Apparently, Amazon doesn't like it when I write links. I'm really sorry about that - it's not that hard to figure out if you look hard enough.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Frank Klein on August 7, 2011
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Google provides some great beginner tutorials to introduce you to App Inventor, but the tutorials are limited and only cover some of the major features available. I suggest taking the tutorials provided by Google, and then using this book to further learn how to become an expert at App Inventor. However, the Google tutorials are not necessary, as the author provides beginner through expert lessons of his own.
This book is easy enough for anyone to follow to make apps very simply for the Android. The author takes you step by step through his own tutorials, which are laid out better than those provided by Google.
I haven't yet completed all of the lessons in the book, but I plan to, as each one demonstrates different features available to the app inventor. This book covers a broad spectrum of features available.
Also, the author provides the project files (which is very helpful) and a bonus chapter available for downloading.
This well written book is essential for anyone that wants to learn how to make apps for the Android!

By the way, the one negative review listed has nothing to do with the book, but with Google's App Inventor itself. You can absolutely put up apps that you create with App Inventor on the market, you just need to follow some guidelines, which can be found at this link:
[...]
So, learning how to use this great App Inventor tool is not a waste of your time. I hope this helps you in deciding whether or not to purchase this book.
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