The Computer Science Education Week coincides with the “Hour of Code” initiative. This example lesson is based on MIT’s Scratch (which is similar to App Inventor).
There are 33 introductory tutorials available for the “Hour of Code” project (teachers may optionally create their own as well).
One of the official tutorial opportunities is based on App Inventor.
Use caution in interpreting the hype over “Hour of Code”. It’s a primitive introduction to some limited programming concepts; many of the tutorials have limited association with computer science. If your expectations are set appropriately, its fine.
Created by a doctor in India that knew nothing about programming – but discovered App Inventor: LET ME HEAR AGAIN, An Android App That Helps Deaf To Communicate.
Here is an easy to read report on which programming languages are now “hot” in the market for software developers: Don’t Rely On Salary Data To Pick A Programming Language To Learn – ReadWrite.
The pace of change in software development is rapid – popular languages today may already be fading. Pay scales for some niche languages are very high (such as Ruby)- but the market opportunity might not be large or lengthy.
Web applications and mobile applications are the “hot” categories. Within those categories, there are a variety of currently popular software development tools:
Continue reading What are the hot programming languages for today
You can support this tutorial effort by purchasing a copy of the e-book from any of the following e-book vendors – thank you for your help!
Sorry for the “spam” – this is to update the earlier post with the news that the ebook is now available from Nook Press. It took longer than expected for that version of the book to go live.
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Blockly was influenced by App Inventor, which in turn was influenced by Scratch, which in turn was influenced by StarLogo. As a result, children who are familiar with one have no difficulty moving to another.
via Blockly — Google Developers.
My App Inventor 2: Tutorial e-book – the fast and easy way to create Android apps – is now available from Amazon, Google Play Books, Apple Books via iTunes, and Kobo! And its very inexpensive – less than USD $3.00! Less than a latte!
Read it anyway you want!
Read on the e-book on the Kindle or Amazon Fire, read on Kindle for Android free apps, read on your PC or Mac, reading using the Google Play Books app on your phone or tablet, read on iPads or Mac OS X, or the Kobo reader software (all platforms!)
Depending on the vendor, you may download a free sample!
Google Play Books
Apple Books via the iTunes Store: App Inventor 2 Tutorial – Edward Mitchell
MIT App Inventor Usage Surpasses 100,000 weekly – Google Docs.
Usage is climbing sharply! MIT suggests the usage trend indicates high usage in schools – with a drop in the summer and a very rapid expansion once school resumed in September.
Please read the release notes: Release nb139 Pre-announce.
Will also include an update to the AI Companion support app on Android devices.