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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 100+ page manual available in pdf, docx and html 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

This version fixes display issues on some devices, some problems with loading a URL or getting file statistics in a BASIC! program packaged into a standalone Android app, and a few other bugs.

We also added or enhanced four math functions, a console line count command, a few file information commands, and a command for acquiring a WiFiLock.

For full details see the release notes at:

Comments and ratings for BASIC!
  • (75 stars)

    by Thomas Jose on 07/04/2014

    I'm only started learning having no programming background.

  • (75 stars)

    by Andrew OConnor on 06/04/2014

    Great simple and extensive. Reminds me if the olden basic days.

  • (75 stars)

    by Gavin Stewart on 16/03/2014

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    by Andrew Burch on 16/03/2014

  • (75 stars)

    by Jagged O'Neill on 04/03/2014

    Update: After I was able to use BASIC! for some days, I can just say it's great. It is possible to do within minutens, what you'd need hours for to implement in Java. Programs can have their homescreen widgets or be installed as APKs. Besides that, BASIC

  • (75 stars)

    by Robert Mercer on 04/03/2014

    ..............Bob M.

  • (75 stars)

    by Mike Hall on 24/02/2014

    Um, there is NO reason for this app to GPS your location or take audio and pictures. UNINSTALL!!