Android App Inventor for the Absolute Beginner, 1st Edition

  • Lakshmi Prayaga University of West Florida
  • Jeffrey Hawthorne
  • Alex Whiteside
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  • ISBN-10: 1305381084
  • ISBN-13: 9781305381087
  • DDC: 005.25
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 306 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released July 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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Even if you've never tried programming before, Android App Inventor lets you quickly and easily create apps that will run on the Android platform. Whether you're a first-timer or a seasoned application developer, ANDROID APP INVENTOR FOR THE ABSOLUTE BEGINNER has something for you. Beginners will find clear step-by-step instructions and a thorough introduction to this fun and intuitive visual programming environment. Experienced developers will enjoy the coverage of more advanced topics, including various sensors, robotics, and TinyWebDB. Mobile app development is booming; there's never been a better time to get started. With Android App Inventor (free, open source software created by Google and MIT) and this book, you can design an app and upload it to your device in as little as 30 minutes. No prior experience in programming is necessary--and you don't need to be a math or graphics wiz. Get ready for a fun and fascinating introduction to app development with ANDROID APP INVENTOR FOR THE ABSOLUTE BEGINNER.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
About the Authors.
Table of Contents.
1: Introducing App Inventor.
2: See ‘N’ Say App.
3: Adventure Game: Ring of Fire.
4: Whack-A-Mole.
5: Car-Racing Game.
6: Trivia Quiz.
7: The Jigsaw Puzzle.
8: Physics-Based Animation: Brick Breaker.
9: Using Persistent Databases: Tracking Your Weight.
10: The Quizzler.
11: Controlling NXT Robots.
12: Virtual Reality: Using QR Codes.
Setting Up Your System to Run App Inventor.
Review Questions and Answers.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Lakshmi Prayaga

Dr. Lakshmi Prayaga is an assistant professor in the Department of Applied Sciences, Technology, and Administration at the University of West Florida. She has an interdisciplinary background with a master's in philosophy, a master's in business administration, a master's in software engineering, and a doctoral degree in instructional technology. She has been a recipient of several local and national grants. She is currently working on designing a robotics platform for education that online students can access using the Internet.

Jeffrey Hawthorne

Jeffrey Hawthorne earned a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary information technology with a specialization in digital media and a master’s degree in software engineering at the University of West Florida. He currently works at Global Business Solutions as an open-source developer.

Alex Whiteside

Alex Whiteside is a computer engineering student at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He has worked as a programmer for numerous agencies, including the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory and American Express. He currently serves as the chief technology officer at RILE, Inc.