Learning MIT App Inventor: A Hands-On Guide to Building Your Own Android Apps

Overview

With MIT's App Inventor 2, anyone can build complete, working Android apps -- without writing code! This is a complete tutorial that will help you make the most of App Inventor 2, even if you have absolutely no programming experience. Unlike books focused on the obsolete Google version, Learning MIT App Inventor is written from the ground up for today's dramatically improved MIT version of App Inventor. Step by step, mobile expert and instructional specialist Derek Walter guides you through every App Inventor 2 ...

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Overview

With MIT's App Inventor 2, anyone can build complete, working Android apps -- without writing code! This is a complete tutorial that will help you make the most of App Inventor 2, even if you have absolutely no programming experience. Unlike books focused on the obsolete Google version, Learning MIT App Inventor is written from the ground up for today's dramatically improved MIT version of App Inventor. Step by step, mobile expert and instructional specialist Derek Walter guides you through every App Inventor 2 task and feature in plain, simple English.

You'll learn through hands-on projects that help you use features ranging from GPS to media and animation. Walter walks you through building high-quality app user interfaces, making them function using the drag-and-drop Blocks Editor, and testing them with App Inventor's emulator. (You won't even need to own an Android device!) You'll master high-quality design and development techniques you can build on if you ever do want to write code. Then, building on everything you've learned, you'll create a capstone app project of surprising power and sophistication!

This book covers:

  • Walkthroughs of apps you can build right from within MIT App Inventor
  • Step-by-step instructions for a wide variety of apps
  • An overview of core computer science principles
  • An introduction to the main features of a mobile operating system
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780133798630
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley
  • Publication date: 12/30/2014
  • Series: Learning Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,347,646

Meet the Author

Derek Walter has been covering the mobile app industry as a freelance writer since the launch of Apple’s App Store. His writing has included application reviews and larger enterprise stories about the expansion of the mobile app ecosystem. His undergraduate degree is in Mass Communication/Journalism and he holds a master’s degree in Educational Technology from The George Washington University.
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Table of Contents

Introduction

1. What is programming?

2. Operating systems

3. Building with App Inventor

4. App Inventor toolkit

5. Architecture of an app

6. Debugging

7. Conditional blocks

8. Games and animations

9. Beyond Blocks Editor

10. Multimedia tools

11. More advanced programming

12. Going deeper with Android

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