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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! As usual, this release adds new commands and functions, and adds parameters to others. Look for big changes in the GPS command set.

This release requires a new permission: ACCESS_WIFI_STATE. It is used only if your program includes the new WIFI.INFO command. The BASIC! app does not use any permissions, only your programs do.

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

Comments and ratings for BASIC!
  • (72 stars)

    by Nelson Laffey on 06/03/2015

    Great development tool.

  • (72 stars)

    by Sahil Ratra on 26/02/2015

    Nice prank

  • (72 stars)

    by Michael Britt on 22/02/2015

    What can i say. The set is great. Battery life isnt great but its ok

  • (72 stars)

    by Gordon Lam on 03/02/2015

    I am feeling 18 again. Thanks! I must salute you.

  • (72 stars)

    by Bert vanderMoer on 25/01/2015

    I still have an atari 1080 (I believe) in the attic. This is brilliant does the works in a few cubic centimeters!

  • (72 stars)

    by Michael Sleight on 24/01/2015

    I've been into basic programming since the early 80s. This is a great version of the language, simple to learn the basics (no pun intended). Lots of help from other users. Great stuff

  • (72 stars)

    by James Stamp on 09/01/2015

    This is a fantastic application. Love the ability to write, test and run code all on the one device, (so I can develop apps wherever I am). Lots of great support on the forum too. By far the best app I have installed on my phone.

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