Create Android apps with App Inventor [Video]

More Information
  • Get to know the advantages and disadvantages of AppInventor versus other development environments
  • Usethe Design and Blocks views
  • Make decisions with if tests
  • Use loops to iterate over collections
  • Invoke the camera
  • Use graphical assets
  • Store and retrieve data

AppInventor enables the democratization of information technology. You no longer have to be a programmer with years of experience to create your own Android app. All you need is a good idea, a browser, and some simple software for your own Android device or computer to create an app.

In this course, we’ll walk through creating an app step-by-step. We discuss the user interface components: sequence, selection, and iteration, parsing simple text, performing computations, and more.

Style and Approach

In this video, you’ll learn to use AppInventor by creating a sample app, following step-by-step instructions.

  • Create an Android app quickly, even if you’ve never programmed before
  • Use a lightweight, browser-based development environment
  • Create a fully featured app for the Play Store, or a simple prototype
Course Length 6 hours
ISBN 9781788297844
Date Of Publication 30 May 2017


Brandan Jones

Brandan Jones has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor for the University of Cincinnati since the 2000-2001 school year. He has taught many courses in programming, from introductory programming to full-stack development.

Brandan proposed and created the first Android programming course at the University of Cincinnati and has been teaching it ever since. He reapplied this course and taught it at Northwestern University's School of Continuing Studies as well.

Brandan is the creator of the Mobile Android app, which allows users to search for plants by color and GPS plants. He wrote this app in 2012, using TDD principles. He uses selected JSON feeds from that app in the examples in this video course.

Brandan's mix of both academic and professional experience means that he brings real-world concepts to the classroom. Most of his high-level classes include hands-on experience with unit testing, scrum, and distributed version-control systems.

Brandan holds a BS in Accounting and Management Information Systems from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He also earned a BS in Horticulture from the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning, and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati, Lindner College of Business, with concentrations in Operations Management and Real Estate Finance.