App Inventor 2, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: October 2014
Pages: 360

Yes, you can create your own apps for Android devices—and it’s easy to do. This extraordinary book introduces you to App Inventor 2, a powerful visual tool that lets anyone build apps. Learn App Inventor basics hands-on with step-by-step instructions for building more than a dozen fun projects, including a text answering machine app, a quiz app, and an app for finding your parked car!

The second half of the book features an Inventor’s Manual to help you understand the fundamentals of app building and computer science. App Inventor 2 makes an excellent textbook for beginners and experienced developers alike.

  • Use programming blocks to build apps—like working on a puzzle
  • Create custom multi-media quizzes and study guides
  • Design games and other apps with 2D graphics and animation
  • Make a custom tour of your city, school, or workplace
  • Control a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT robot with your phone
  • Build location-aware apps by working with your phone’s sensors
  • Explore apps that incorporate information from the Web
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This book was a lot of fun

By Dave

from New Zealand

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  • Accurate
  • Concise
  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples
  • Well-written


  • Not comprehensive enough

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Comments about oreilly App Inventor 2, 2nd Edition:

The app inventor is a cool bit of software that allows you to easily and quickly develop android apps using a GUI. The "code writing" involves clicking together blocks that control logic and process information from the phones sensors. The software was originally developed by google but is now maintained by MIT.

The book uses a set of practical example projects to walk you through the process of creating an android app using app inventor 2. The project based approach makes this a fun way to learn and the authors writing style is light and engaging. The book contained very few errors and everything ran as expected. The projects themselves cover most of the features you might need to write your own custom app, including sensor interactions, databases, web queries etc.

My only criticism is that the book is on the short side. Although the projects were fun, it might have been good to have a chapter or two that covered more complex use cases or advanced features in more detail.

In summary I would highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to quickly develop simple android apps or perhaps even prototype more complex projects. I also think educators would gain a lot from reading this book as the App inventor seems an ingenious way to teach students the fundamentals of coding in a fun and useful way.

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  • Easy to understand
  • Fun To Learn
  • Helpful examples
  • Well-written


  • Too Amazing

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Comments about oreilly App Inventor 2, 2nd Edition:

this is an amazing book it show's my children how to properly code they've had great fun with the app and the book.The book has helped us understand the basic's of android programming.

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