Android Apps with App Inventor: The Fast and Easy Way to Build Android Apps 1st Edition
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- Item Weight : 1.6 pounds
- Paperback : 600 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0321812700
- ISBN-13 : 978-0321812704
- Product Dimensions : 7 x 1.36 x 8.9 inches
- Publisher : AddisonWesley Professional; 1st Edition (February 28, 2012)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,214,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As you may know, App Inventor is still in its Beta testing stage, so the whole environment is changing rapidly. As such, it is always prudent to check various web sites and discussion groups to get the latest and greatest information about bug fixes, new features and the like.
This book does an outstanding job of presenting quite a few, indeed a myriad of sites to keep you current.
HOWEVER, the big drawback is that the URLs provided generally average about 45 characters, all of which have to be laboriously entered into your browser, without ANY errors.
In addition to the regular URLs, they should have provided much more compact tiny URLs for each link as well.
Otherwise, if you need to check three or four different sites to stay current on one NARROW subject, you spend far too much time typing in obscure URLs into your browser. TinyURLs would cut that issue off at the knees.
Nonetheless, it is decisively the best book on AppInventor I have come across and I highly recommend it!
The offer came at an amazingly serendipitous time as I was just embarking on an Android app development project for one of my clients. Having been taken by surprise (like many other developers) by the sudden ending of support for the Google version of App Inventor, I was pleased to see that the book addresses both the Google and the new MIT versions of App Inventor.
"Android Apps with App Inventor" was designed with a very logical, easy-to-follow progression of skill groups. It begins by encouraging the reader to actually dive in and create an Android application. From there it prepares the reader for the challenge by explaining the requisite skills and tools necessary to do so. While the book is basic enough to engage the neophyte Android developer it also provides enough depth and detail to allow both beginning and advanced developers to benefit from its tutorial style. It would certainly be possible, using the book alone along with some of its references and a bit of persistence, to produce a complete, functional and sophisticated Android app. While the learning curve might be a bit challenging for a neophyte developer I was left with the impression that I would be able to develop a complete, useful and even elegant Android app even if I had never written one previously.
I highly recommend this new book and am pleased to have it as a valuable addition to my library.
Manresa Information Systems
For a veteran (aka old) programmer, whom started programming during the dark times of the punched cards, App Inventor is some kind of magic. By that times, I learned to draw flow charts of any algorithm and then convert it to a program writing a lot of lines of code, taking care of very strict syntax rules. Now, I'm astonished to find out that in App Inventor you just draw something very similar to this flow chart and run your application.
Even though I've been using modern programming languages for a while, I've not even imagined anything similar to the way you develop a powerful application with App Inventor. It's incredible how easy you can interface with every function or sensor of your Android device.
Now let's give some credit to Mr. Kloss's "Android Apps with App Inventor". The book is very easy to understand. Takes you from the classic simple "Hello World" (actually Hello Android World) to very powerful applications such as an Android Car Assistant that can read aloud emails and/or SMS messages, and even auto answer them with predefined or dictated text and including your geo location gotten from the device GPS.
The examples on the book are very easy to understand, and you can choose from create yourself the application from scratch, following the detailed instructions, or download it from the book companion web site.
Sure I recommend App Inventor to everyone interested on learning how to develop Android applications... and recommend Jörg Kloss's book to everyone interested on learning App Inventor.
The best part is that you don't buy software. They book was the only real expense. The pages have lots of illustrations, and show the steps, practically line by line.
However, they have a new version out and a different book may be more helpful.
Nevertheless, this book is solid.