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Introducing Android App Inventor

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Android App Inventor makes it possible for people who are not computer programmers to build Android mobile applications. The App Inventor interface is designed to function like a puzzle where the designer clicks and drags blocks of information and connects them to other blocks. Plus the app can be tested in real-time using a USB-connected Android device before packaging it for the masses! Watch as Chad builds an Android application live and discusses some of the issues involved in creating a mobile application when using App Inventor. Chad will also start a conversation on the future possibilities of app development in order to determine its place in the growing mobile environment.

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Introducing Android App Inventor

  1. 1. Chad Mairn, M.L.I.S.St. Petersburg Collegeslideshare.net/chadmairnPresented February 23, 2011 at HandheldLibrarian.org<br />
  2. 2. Native Apps vs. Web Apps<br />Source:http://www.webmonkey.com/2010/08/how-do-native-apps-and-web-apps-compare/Shortened URL: http://goo.gl/PyvJ<br />
  3. 3. What is App Inventor?<br />A web-based app development tool that allows non-developers to create Android apps. <br />Using it is like putting a puzzle together.<br />
  4. 4. App Inventor resembles …<br />LEGO MINDSTORMS<br />Scratch<br />
  5. 5. Image source: http://appinventor.googlelabs.com/learn/whatis/index.html<br />
  6. 6. Designer – add components (e.g., buttons, labels, sounds, text fields, accelerometer etc.)<br />
  7. 7. Block Editor – adjust the app’s layout using drag-and-drop functionality in order to define the behavior of your app. <br />
  8. 8. Getting Started with App Inventor using Windows. Sorry Mac and Linux users.<br />Install current version of Java in order to run the Block Editor<br />Find and install drivers if your phone’s USB drivers aren’t pre-packaged<br /><ul><li>Locate your phone’s model number behind the battery. (e.g., SGH-T959ZKATMB) and search the manufacturer’s web site for an appropriate USB driver.
  9. 9. Extract USB driver to C:ProgramAndroidappinventor- extrasusb_driver_samsunga
  10. 10. You may need to install the drivers via Device Manager [USB, Android Debug Bridge (ADB Interface), and CDC Abstract Control Model (ACM)] </li></ul>Phone settings:<br /><ul><li>Tap Menu >>> Settings >>> Applications.
  11. 11. Unknown Sources box should be checked.
  12. 12. On Development screen, place checks next to USB Debugging and Stay Awake.
  13. 13. On Sound & Display screen make sure Orientation is not checked.
  14. 14. USB connected and USB debugging connected icons should display on your phone.</li></li></ul><li>Live Demonstration<br />
  15. 15. Select Resources<br />Android App Inventor Tutorials: http://www.appinventor.org/<br />Google Labs: http://appinventor.googlelabs.com/learn/<br />Blocks Reference: http://appinventor.googlelabs.com/learn/reference/blocks/<br />FAQ’s: http://appinventor.googlelabs.com/learn/userfaq.html <br />Stark, J. (2010). Building Android apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Sebastopol, CA: O'Reilly. <br />
  16. 16. Contact Information<br />

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