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SCERSIG: Creating Android Apps with App Inventor 26 October 2011 Ric Paul, Health Services Library, Southampton
Options for Creating Apps • Apple • iOS SDK • Windows • Visual Studio • Android • App Inventor • Developer’s Toolkit
App Inventor: Getting Started • Install software • Internet connection • But… don’t need an Android phone
App Inventor Dunechaser Robban Andersson Any other mobile programming language
www.appinventorbeta.com/about • Google login + internet required
App Inventor • Simple, low-tech approach to programming • Free to use – but software installation required • Tutorials available on the site • Tutorial videos on YouTube
Design your interface on this screen • Open the Blocks Editor to edit code
Interface Design • Drag and drop components onto the screen image • Edit component names and initial status • Choose from a range of components – buttons, text objects, social media tools, etc.
Blocks Editor • Drag containers for each component onto the surface • Plug actions, events & properties into the container • No formal programming is required
Finalising Apps • Finished app can be installed on a phone directly or via a QR code • Distribute the app via the QR code – or upload to Android Market • A tool like Marketizer can help • www.taiic.com/marketizer • Apps can be updated later – users will be alerted that an update is available
Downsides • App Inventor apps are large files – there’s nothing you can do to reduce them • This is an Android-only product – there’s no equivalent for iOS or Windows Mobile • App Inventor is no longer supported directly by Google