Review: Android Apps With App Inventor
Derek Walter For RedOrbit.com
The Android App Inventor from MIT is one of a growing number of tools to help amateur developers learn to create apps without knowing all of the ins and outs of coding. Yet even a tool such as this can seem overwhelming.
A newly released book seeks to guide users in taking an idea and transforming it into a full-blown application. It is recommended for those who are novices to app development and want to specifically start on learning some techniques for building on the Android platform.
The book, “Android Apps with App Inventor” by Jorg H. Kloss, seeks to take someone from relatively no knowledge to being capable of building strong applications. It should probably be seen as the first of successive steps, however, for anyone who wants to build on Android apps on a commercial level.
The online App Inventor tool got new life earlier this year when it was picked up by MIT. As part of Google CEO Larry Page’s efforts to streamline the company, its App Inventor product was one of several that got the ax. However, it open sourced the code, and MIT came in to carry the product forward. With that support it has a fairly bright outlook with an active community.
App Inventor is still very much a beta product. Those who have higher aspirations for their coding strategies may wish to just head straight for learning a programming language. Others that are on the fence or just exploring building mobile applications will find the ideal tool to toy around with.
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