David Wolber

David Wolber

App Inventor Professor

San Francisco, California

Areas of Expertise:

  • App Inventor
  • Python
  • CS0
  • CS1
  • consulting
  • speaking
  • programming
  • training
  • writing
David Wolber is a leader in App Inventor education and teaching beginners how to program their phones and tablets. His focus is empowering artists, designers, kids, women, men, humanity majors, business students-- makers of all types-- to add coding to their creative arsenals. His teaching materials, video screencasts, and course-in-a-box are available at appinventor.org, and his students have been chronicled in articles of the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Wired Magazine

David is a professor at the University of San Francisco. He taught one of the first App Inventor courses in 2009 as part of a Google pilot and has been teaching and working with the App Inventor teaching community ever since. His teaching materials on the Google and MIT sites, and on appinventor.org, have provided the first introduction to coding for thousands of new app builders, and his course-in-a-box materials have served as a template for many App Inventor courses at the K-12 and university levels. David recently took a sabbatical at MIT to work with co-author Hal Abelson and contribute to the development of App Inventor 2. He also is contributing to the Mobile Computer Science Principles (mobile-csp.org) course for the new Advanced Placement (AP) course is US high schools.

App Inventor App Inventor
by Hal Abelson, David Wolber, Liz Looney, Ellen Spertus
May 2011
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Creating List-Based Android Apps in App Inventor Creating List-Based Android Apps in App Inventor
by David Wolber
January 2011
Video: $19.99

Connecting to Web Data and APIs with App Inventor Connecting to Web Data and APIs with App Inventor
by David Wolber
January 2011
Video: $19.99

Creating SMS Texting Apps with App Inventor Creating SMS Texting Apps with App Inventor
by David Wolber
November 2010
Video: $19.99

David blogs at:

Why are Eight Bits Enough for Deep Neural Networks?

May 23 2015

Picture by Retronator Deep learning is a very weird technology. It evolved over decades on a very different track than the mainstream of AI, kept alive by the efforts of a handful of believers. When I started using it a few years ago, it reminded me of the first time… read more

Algocracy

May 23 2015

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How Shazam predicts pop hits

May 22 2015

Subscribe to the O’Reilly Radar Podcast to track the technologies and people that will shape our world in the years to come. In this week’s Radar Podcast, I chat with Cait O’Riordan, VP of product, music and platforms at Shazam. … read more

How Shazam predicts pop hits

May 22 2015

Subscribe to the O’Reilly Radar Podcast to track the technologies and people that will shape our world in the years to come. In this week’s Radar Podcast, I chat with Cait O’Riordan, VP of product, music and platforms at Shazam. … read more

Webcast: What's Next for App Inventor?
September 02, 2011
In this webcast, Professor and App Inventor author David Wolber discusses the effect Google's announcement will have on the language and the movement to democratize computing.

"Overall this is a great book, it does exactly what it sets out to achieve. And, what's more, it might finally appear that someone has produced a visual programming system that really does let users create interesting and useful apps."
--TechBookReport, techbookreport.com

"With App Inventor to guide them, kids can create their own apps to work on projects that are fun and meaningful"
--Linda Kekelis