David Wolber is the Chair of Computer Science at the University of San Francisco, and teaches App Inventor in a course at USF. He worked with the App Inventor team, and authored the advanced tutorials found on the App Inventor site. The apps created by his students– mostly humanities and business majors with no prior programming experience–have been chronicled in articles of The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Tech Crunch, Fortune.CNN.com, and Yahoo News.
Harold (Hal) Abelson, a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, has a longstanding interest in using computation as a conceptual framework in teaching. He has played a key role in fostering MIT institutional educational technology initiativeI, and is a founding director of Creative Commons and Public Knowledge. Hal’s book, Turtle Geometry, written with Andrea diSessa in 1981, presented a computational approach to geometry that has been cited as "the first step in a revolutionary change in the entire teaching/learning process."
Ellen Spertus is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Mills College, where she has taught with App Inventor, and a Senior Research Scientist at Google, where she was one of the App Inventor developers. She and her work have been written about in Wired, USA Today (which described her as "a geek with principles"), and in The New York Times (as one of three "women who might change the face of the computer industry"). In addition to her many technical publications, her writings have appeared in the book She's Such a Geek: Women Write about Science, Technology, and Other Nerdy Stuff and in the magazines Technology Review, Chronicle of Higher Education, Odyssey: Adventures in Science, and Glamour.
Liz Looney is a senior software engineer at Google, where she helped develop App Inventor and is a member of the Robotics Task Force. She has over 20 years of experience in creating programming tools and holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from The University of New Hampshire.
This book is great for School children or High school goer. Also a great tool for someone trying to learn the Mobile Apps. Read morePublished 10 months ago by AnandS
This book made it easy for an IT-phobic person to create my own apps. I highly recommend it and am glad I bought it.Published 17 months ago by blkoyle
I highly recommend this book if you are a non programmer. You will not be disappointed. It is a great book.Published 17 months ago by COP287
Both easy to understand and yet delivers some computational concepts. I'm not a programmer (well I diddled a bit in Basic and Logo way way back). Besides, it's Abelson! Read morePublished 21 months ago by L. Polin
is a good product but the web references are all out of date because google sold the development environment to ... MIT ....Published 22 months ago by Michi
If you ask MIT to be a member of the beta test, you get online access to this book. What a waste of money for me. Read morePublished on July 9, 2012 by Lexa
I bought this book based on some of the good reviews and with the main reason to test how fast one could actually get nice apps up and running. Read morePublished on January 26, 2012 by Stefan Lodeweyckx
I had plans to use this book to teach young people how to create their own apps for their Android cell phones. Read morePublished on January 5, 2012 by J. Earl