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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 200+ 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!.

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! programmer, 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

This version fixes crashes and bugs introduced in the previous version, v01.86. With input from the forum, we found and fixed old crashes as well. We apologize for any difficulties caused these last two weeks by these errors.

We still managed to slip in a few new features and commands. The forum is always full of ideas and suggestions.

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

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  • (72 stars)

    by Jason Park on 08/05/2015

    One of my first jobs was working as a BASIC programmer. My PC.. A state of the art 286! How things have changed!! Looking forward to having a propped play with this. :)

  • (72 stars)

    by Richard Sallee on 08/05/2015

    It lets the user interface to any of the sensors, communication channels, etc. With simple basic commands and much more. My first night I modified a Bluetooth sample program to read a digital scale through a Bluetooth interface.

  • (72 stars)

    by Pankaj Dubey on 23/04/2015

    Thx. For the same code,the output of this program is much faster than Mentoris.

  • (72 stars)

    by Vinay Samant on 18/04/2015

    anddroid is 4the essential thing of life now. And if want to rock world android then learning android is not the option. Running android is the one. This is what Basic allows you. Ever played with VB earlier? And miss that? You have come to right place. Just download on ur mobile and see what this app can do. You can convert your own mobile into smart+ phone and amaze people with what it can do an

  • (72 stars)

    by Mike B on 15/04/2015

    I had intended to learn a new language like C++ or Java but stumbled into this. Now, I figure, why bother. I can't imagine anything C++ can do that this can't. And this is closer to straight up English. EASY to learn!!! And I can use it on my PHONE!!!!! Thank you Mr. Loughton!!

  • (72 stars)

    by Lalatendu Choudhury on 14/04/2015

    I am running Android gingerbread. Everytime I press on run command, output screen flashes and returns to editor

  • (72 stars)

    by John Miller on 13/04/2015

    From the guy who wrote Atari BASIC for the Atari 400/800...

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