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Review: AppStudio is like Visual Basic for mobile dev

NSB/AppStudio simplifies development of mobile Web and hybrid apps with a Visual Basic-like, drag-and-drop IDE

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  • NS Basic Corporation NSB/AppStudio 4.2.9

    InfoWorld Rating

    If you want to build mobile apps and you don't have a programming background, NSB/AppStudio is a great place to start. Just be aware it has limited functionality compared to full-featured mobile IDEs.

In its day, circa 1991, Microsoft Visual Basic (aka VB) disrupted Windows development by making it possible for novices to drag and drop their way to runnable Windows applications built from forms and controls (originally called gizmos). Yes, those novices had to write some code, but not much of it -- and the code was in Basic, not the syntactically more difficult C language. 

NS Basic, from the eponymous Canadian firm NS Basic Corporation, arrived in 1994 with a VB-like development environment for the Apple Newton. In 1998, the company released a Windows CE version of NS Basic, which I reviewed for Windows Magazine. Over the years, the company produced NS Basic versions for Palm, Symbian, and Windows desktops, then finally released NSB/AppStudio in 2010 for mobile Web development.

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