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RFO BASIC! is a dialect of Dartmouth Basic that allows you to write and run programs directly on your Android device.

There is a 150+ page manual available in pdf and docx format.

In addition to the traditional Basic features, your have access to:

Graphics (with Multi-touch),
Build User Interfaces with HTML and JavaScript,
Device Sensors,
Music Play,
Text to Speech,
Voice Recognition,
Sound Pools,
Audio Recording,
Tone Generation,
Data Structures such as:Array/List/Stack/Bundle
Internet Browsing,
Text and Byte file I/O,
User defined functions,
FTP Client,
TCP/IP Client and Server Sockets,
Send and Receive SMS Messages,
Send Emails,
Make a phone call,
Superuser access

BASIC! programs may be packaged into applications. There are two processes provided for this. One process generates a home screen shortcut but requires BASIC! installed to run. The other process generates a stand alone application that does not need BASIC! installed. The resulting application can be offered on the Android Market.

All of the features of BASIC! are documented in the manual, De Re BASIC!, which is currently over 150 pages in size.

The install package includes over three dozen BASIC! source code files that explain and demonstrate the implementation details of this dialect.

BASIC! is being continuously improved. Many of the improvements have come from user requests. Also, since BASIC! is open source, others have begun on the code. Join the BASIC! forum and become part of the development team.

Permissions: This application asks for many permissions. None of permissions are exercised by BASIC! on its own. They are only exercised if you, the BASIC! programer, writes a program that exercises them. For example, BASIC! will never intercept a SMS message unless you use the SMS commands in a program that you write.

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Recently changed in this version

The BASIC! forum is thriving! This release adds a dozen new commands for showing dialog boxes, loading fonts, managing data, getting information about your phone's network, and more. It extends or repairs a dozen other commands, and adds or extends half a dozen Sample Program files.

For full details see the Release Notes and download the User's Guide at:

Comments and ratings for BASIC!
  • (54 stars)

    by Craig Robertson on 04/12/2014

    If you like putting code together quickly to try out ideas, this is the app you were looking for.

  • (54 stars)

    by Scott Browne on 26/11/2014

    Both the folks who are writing programs and providing sample code & advice to others, and the volunteer developers who have really stepped up to improve the app itself, have made RFO Basic the best tool for writing Android apps if you don't want to deal with the complexity of the Android SDK or something like PhoneGap

  • (54 stars)

    by Ste Mac on 17/11/2014

    Easy to use and packed with features. If you are fed up with all these object orientated languages and want to quickly code a program then you can't beat it. Reminds me of the good old Atari Basic days when life was simple.

  • (54 stars)

    by Brad Brundage on 17/11/2014

    Well the app itself does do what it claims to do nicely, it requires unnecessary permissions that could cost you money on your phone bill. Also why does this app need permission to your microphone? Experiencing battery life loss on your phone since installing please post publicly here.

  • (54 stars)

    by Gary Dieter on 11/11/2014

    sweet killer app

  • (54 stars)

    by Cody' Luke on 02/11/2014

    It is grate

  • (54 stars)

    by peter rohner on 31/10/2014

    Wonderful little tool to get you hooked in to mobile app programming before you cut your teeth into the "big" app world. Hell, I may even stay in this world if it were to offer a compiled output ;)

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