A RAD (Rapid Application Development) tool for developing Android applications
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Basic4android is a complete RAD (Rapid Application Development) tool that can create and compile native Android applications, which won’t need any other dependencies, add-ons, runtimes or software requirements. This RAD application is meant to reduce tedious and time-consuming Java / Eclipse programming to a minimum or even to eliminate it completely. Even so, the APK files that it creates will be similar to those created using only these sophisticated programming environments.

Even though it’s presented as a simpler and easier solution to develop Android applications than the common ones, I still had to take a look at the online tutorials before getting started with it. Happily, there are plenty of tutorials, examples and documentation online. With a little patience, everyone can eventually get the hang of it, and it will surely be easier than using Java or Eclipse for the same task. I’d say that its main advantage is being able to provide object oriented programming language with a syntax similar to MS Visual Basic. Another big plus is, in my opinion, the WYSIWYG visual editor that supports multiple screens and resolutions.

No one, including me, can ignore the large number of handy features that this tool offers. This is why I subscribed to the general opinion that Basic4android is a powerful and comprehensive application, worth of being tried by any Android developers, especially if they are already familiar with VB.

Rory Shaffer
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Review summary


  • Compiles native Android apps.
  • Syntax similar to MS Visual Basic.
  • Offers a WYSIWYG visual editor.
  • Built-in code obfuscation.


  • It's a bit useless to the experienced developers that already have a lot of knowledge of the Java API or Eclipse IDE.
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