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What is Basic4android (B4A)?

B4A includes all the features needed to quickly develop any type of Android app. B4A can run in two modes: local compilation and remote compilation. Local compilation mode is faster and has more options such as working with the emulator, USB debugging, unattended installations and others. Remote compilation mode (only available in the trial version) is simpler to get started with.

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B4A includes all the features needed to quickly develop any type of Android app. B4A can run in two modes: local compilation and remote compilation. Local compilation mode is faster and has more options such as working with the emulator, USB debugging, unattended installations and others. Remote compilation mode (only available in the trial version) is simpler to get started with.


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2005
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Junior Integration Developer
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I like B4A because it has support for external libraries, so it is possible to reuse Java code.

It is open source software.

It has a wide community of users, so there is a lot of interesting documentation for the development of different apps.

In addition, Visual Basic and B4A are very similar programming languages, so the learning curve was very short since I am very fluent in that language. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I find it unfortunate that it allows you to develop apps for Android and iOS, but you can only install the software on Windows. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you master Visual Basic, you will find that B4A is the same. This IDE is easy to use and install. In addition, it has extensive documentation. I recommend it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With B4A I have been able to create apps to test integrations in my organization quickly. The best thing is that I can use external libraries to reuse code from other apps. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

B4A is extremely simple to use and the B4X language can be easily use with B4J, B4i and B4R respectively. The B4A debugger is second to none, wireless connectivity to Android phones and tablets can be achieved by using the B4A-Bridge application on any network, the IDE is nice and clean, the built in layout designer has some nice touches that should be adapted by other packages, Smart String Literal is an excellent addition, the support on the forum is easily the best that I've ever come across, their are plenty of B4X experts available to help with developers enquiries. There are too many positives to mention here, suffice to say B4A is an excellent development package.

If you manage to find any bugs, depending on the urgency the developer will ALWAYS release a fix for it them. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I don't really have too many dislikes. The IDE is missing a couple of simple touches, and a simple template manager wouldn't go a miss either. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I highly recommend the B4X RAD suite of tools (especially B4A) to absolutely any developers that are looking for an easy to use development platform with a clean IDE for developing on Android, iOS, Windows, MacOS, Linux and Arduino, actually I have already done so. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Using B4A has allowed me to take my business to another level when it comes to developing bespoke applications for my clients. Previously using another package was extremely cumbersome and time consuming. B4A has allowed me to release the shackles and develop freely without any complications.

Using B4A I started developing Android apps for both new and existing clients for all sizes of businesses. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Internet
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

What I like most is the coding in Basic since it is a programming language very easy to learn. The user interface is very visual and simple, but fast and functional. It has a wide library and resources, also a very active community. The debugging is done quickly. The generated apk are light. There're many updates and bug fixes in the forums of the official page, which is also in several languages, which is a good support for all developers. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Although the software is still developing constantly, often errors of debugging and execution occur and you have to resort to the community, which is very active, but this creates a relationship of codependence Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you know Visual Basic and its programming language, it will be much easier to develop applications with this software. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In the company where I work we're venturing into the development of mobile applications since there's a lot of demand, and we have analyzed some software that can help us achieve it. What we liked about A4B is its similarity with Visual Básic and how light are the apk it generates. I think it's a great application development tool that is easy to use and very functional. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Java Developer
Telecommunications
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

With this application we can use the real devices not emulator to debugging the applications and see the result and check for performance of your device when you apply your new applications and see if there are any effect on your device Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

this product not have a lot of features to let the debugger control everything and make every thing easier to the developer Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

You can use this app to debugging your apps on your device and see the result and check for performance of your device when you apply your new applications and see if there are any effect on your device Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

testing and dubbing the application on the devices not in emulators and test effect of any app on real device Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Software Developer
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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What do you like best?

Coding is done in Basic, , so it is not necessary to have extensive knowledge of Java.

Allows any user to create and share their own libraries written in Java.

the official forum which is very active, has sections in different languages, with a lot of material, libraries, tutorials, etc. answers are obtained almost immediately.

The generated apks are quite small compared to those generated in other editors.

it can be compiled locally and remotely, so is not necessary for the device to be always connected, but local compilation allows work with the emulator and USB debug.

with b4j and b4i tools, you can create apps for other platforms without having to rewrite the whole code. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

only available for Windows.

The community is very active and cooperative, but b4a depends a lot on it, which can be negative in the long term. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

An excellent tool to create apps with many features and a simple programming language. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Create apps for android using basic language which is much easier to learn than java. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

B4A is only one part of the whole B4X suite which does support, next to Android, also other platforms like iOS, MacOS, Windows, Linux, Raspberry Pi, Arduino and Web applications. The business logic is almost 100% compatible between the platforms, and with the recent addition of XUI, most of the UI layout too.

Its basic-like language is very easy for beginners, and the possibility to write plugins/libraries yourself gives power users the ability to extend its possibilities.

B4A has a strong, active and friendly community (96K+ members at the point of writing) and they contribute a lot of free libraries.

One of the most unique features of the tool is the possibility to live code swapping in debug mode. This allows you to change code while running on a real device without having to recompile. This feature alone puts it miles ahead of the competition regarding productivity.

The developer of B4A himself is very active and accessible on the forum. Updates (bug fixes, but new features too) are fast, sometimes within hours.

The uses for this tool are very versatile: from games over IoT to large CRM applications. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It would be nice if the IDE could also run on Mac and Linux or even Chromebook. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are looking for a fast moving, virtual bug free programming environment with a wide range of capabilities across many platforms B4A is certainly something you should look into. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Time and job management (android & desktop)

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It has been a huge time (and money) saver over the years Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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