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Hello App Inventor!: Android programming for kids and the rest of us by Paula Beer and Carl Simmons

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Chapter 1. Getting to know App Inventor

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Arthur C. Clarke’s Third Law of Prediction[1]

1 In the essay “Hazards of Prophecy: The Failure of Imagination,” in Profiles of the Future (Gollancz, 1962).

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