Download from Android Market
Recently a company called Anywhere Software http://www.basic4ppc.com/ announced a new product for the Android – Basic4Android. I really had avoided any type of Visual Basic over the years, but, because I program Geocaching Applications for the Android and netbooks I decided to give Basic4Android a try. They indeed have free trial download and I did try it out. Even though Visual Basic is easy, it wasn’t easy for me at first because I didn’t have a clue on how it worked. Fortunately, there are many examples of real working code that have real world type applications. The thing that made it easy though was I knew what the application had to do and I have used the Eclipse IDE and the Android SDK to create a few apps. My little geocaching game, Vampire of Needham seemed a easy choice to implement using Basic4Android. Over the years, I’ve written variations on the theme of small computer driven Geocaching games. Some are self-contained running on a laptop, netbook, Android and some are server driven where the GPS sends the location to a server that has all the logic. The server logic is PHP with MySQL to save things. The GPS code however wasn’t in the trial version so I paid the $39 for the enabled download.