I could hardly believe it yesterday when a client, who had been struggling to get Android Studio behaving nicely for days, told me he had found an IDE called B4A, and “was able to get a prototype up and running in 2 hours”. The vendor, Anywhere Software, claim that B4A “is used by tens of thousands of developers from all over the world, including companies such as NASA, HP, IBM and others”.

Platforms supported by their B4X suite supports quite a number of platforms, including Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, Linux, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and more, and it has a nice, familiar look for Visual Studio users:

B4X IDE with an Android app
B4X IDE

 

 

 

 

 

My client, more used to older VB than C# or Java, said it’s the best $59 he’ll ever spend, and is now hard at work coding Android apps in BASIC instead of fighting with Android Studio.

Of course this gives more people the means to code their own apps, instead of hiring me, but at least I know Visual Basic very well if they want it written for them.

Android apps in BASIC? A New IDE Using BASIC for Coding Mobile Apps
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