Hands-on creation of android apps for novices using app inventor

September 2012


Dr. Ronald I. Greenberg

Loyola University Chicago

William Honig

Loyola University Chicago

This hands-on workshop will show you how you can easily program your own Android Apps. We will explore a much simpler mechanism for creating moderately complex mobile phone Apps than has previously been seen in the ACM/Loyola forum. Using MIT’s App Inventor environment, creation of Android Apps has become straightforward even for people with no prior programming experience. Android phones have reached over 2/3 market share among smart phones in the second quarter of 2012 according to IDC. With Android and App Inventor both being open source projects (principally developed by Google), they provide tremendous opportunity for democratization of App development. If you bring your laptop, you can participate and follow along with the presentation. All you will need is a Google account and a Windows, Macintosh, or GNU/Linux computer with a moderately recent operating system and browser. Follow the directions at http://beta.appinventor.mit.edu/learn/setup to set up your computer, including an emulator. Do it ahead of time, or come early during the social hour to get help. You will also find optional steps for setting up an actual Android phone; you’ll be able to download Apps as long as you have a USB cable or have downloaded a scanner for QR-codes (e.g., ZXing) from Google Play (incorporating the former Android Market).

Suggested Citation

Ronald Greenberg and William Honig. Hands-on creation of android apps for novices using app inventor. Chicago Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery and Loyola Computer Science Department Colloquium, September 2012.