本书的主创作者David Wolber来自美国旧金山大学，是一位计算机科学专业的教授，他喜欢篮球、阅读、政治、哲学、心理学。他使用Python语言讲授计算机科学导论，最近又在一个特殊课程中，使用App Inventor for Android讲授计算机编程入门，旨在让那些非计算机专业的学生也能创造出自己的应用软件作品。
David Wolber, the lead author of this book, is a professor of Computer Science at the University of San Francisco. He enjoys basketball, reading, politics, philosophy and psychology. He teaches Introduction to Computer Science using Python, and recently he’s been teaching beginning programming in particular courses using App Inventor for Android, in order to make the non-computer major students can also create their own apps.
在Abelson的教学实践中，更关注的是学习的本质：在与真实世界的交互中学习。App Inventor就是这种思想的具体体现。作为App Inventor开发团队的领导者，Abelson力图让初学者在创作实践中体会编程语言的内涵，并掌握编程的方法。用建构主义(Constructionism)论的发展者Papert的话说，“生活在‘数学王国’里的人学习数学，就像法国人学习法语一样的顺理成章。”
It’s difficult to tell the story of professor Abelson with a piece of text. He is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. He won various awards from MIT, IEEE and ACM. If there is one word to sum up his contribution, it must be “Education”! “Of all the ways to be honored, for me education is the one that really means the most,” As he said when he won the awards, “That’s how I think of myself at MIT, as a teacher.”
Abelson has been a leader in computer science education for over thirty years and continues to play a key role. His textbook “Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs,” co-authored with Gerry Sussman, changed the way many thought about computing(The Chinese version was translated by Qiu Zongyan, the professor of Peking University). It was widely emulated and adopted by colleges around the world. It de-emphasized the specifics of a particular programming language and concentrated on the idea of abstraction as a fundamental concept in all programming.
Abelson is more concerned about the nature of learning in his educational practice: learning in interaction with the real world. App Inventor is the embodiment of his thoughts. As the director of App Inventor team, his goal is let the beginner understand the connotation of programming language and get hold of programming method in the hands-on creative experience. As Seymour Papert,the developer of constructionism, described the “mathland”, “where learning mathematical ideas is as natural as learning French while living in France.”
In addition to his curricular efforts, Abelson is an advocate of the open source movement. He is a founding director of both Creative Commons and the Free Software Foundation. He is a leader in the movement for open educational resources. He was the main force that convinced MIT to offer courses to the world through the MIT Open Courseware platform
本书的共同作者之一，美国加州奥克兰市米尔斯大学的计算机科学教授，同时也是谷歌公司的资深科学家。她先后在MIT获得了计算机科学与工程学士学位、电子工程与计算机科学硕士及博士学位，并利用暑假的空闲时间为微软公司工作。她曾撰文探讨技术及社会问题，而且经常将两者相结合。1993年纽约时报曾以《改变计算机领域面貌的女性》为题介绍Spertus，并在后续的文章中称其为“最性感的活着的极客”。2009年Spertus加入谷歌的App Inventor for Android团队，并参与撰写了本书的部分章节。
Ellen Spertus is the co-author of this book. She is a professor of Computer Science at Mills College, Oakland, California, United States, and a senior research scientist at Google. At MIT She received a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering, a master’s and a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. She spent several summers between terms working for Microsoft. Spertus has written articles treating both technical and social subjects, often combining the two. She was profiled in a 1993 New York Times article about “women who might change the face of the computer industry”, then she was named “The Sexiest Geek Alive”. Since 2009, Spertus joined the team of Google App Inventor for Android, and participate in the writing of this book.
Liz Looney是本书的合著者之一。她是谷歌的软件工程师，也是谷歌“机器人工作小组”(Robotics Task Force)的成员，作为App Inventor团队的初创成员，她领导了乐高头脑风暴机器人(LEGO MINDSTORMS)组件的开发工作。Liz Looney是一位卓越的软件工程师，有着超过25年的从业经历，曾先后在Borland、Oracle及Google公司工作。
Liz Looney is a co-author of this book. She is an outstanding software engineer at Google and worked on the original App Inventor team there. She participated in the Robotics Task Force at Google, leading the development of the LEGO MINDSTORMS components in App Inventor. Liz has over 25 years of software engineering experience, working at Borland, Oracle, and Google.