Chapter 2. The Development Environment

This chapter introduces you to working with App Inventor’s development environment. While becoming familiar with the individual work areas and functions of AI, you will have the opportunity to create your very first app project and be able to admire the result on your Android smartphone. In keeping with the customs of every good app development book for beginners, we will call our first project “HelloAndroidWorld,” even if AI is not a programming language in the classic sense.

The design of the development environment, or integrated development environment (IDE), is crucial for a visual development language such as AI. In classic programming languages such as Java, C, and C++, the programming code can be ...

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