Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Run BASIC and the iPhone

With Apple's iPhone getting ready to ship at the end of this month I'm very excited that we will have something soon that iPhone owners can use to customize their devices by running their own programs in the iPhone's built-in Safari web browser. Run BASIC (http://www.runbasic.com/) will be one easy way to extend the new device in the same way that many people used to use BASIC to create their own applications and games. This is really just the beginning since you can be sure that there will be so many similar kinds of telephones produced by the major cell phone makers.

I have a Treo 650 myself, and I can use it to access the Run BASIC site, but it is awkward because the web browser it includes is slow and the Treo has a tiny little screen. I am eager to see how this all works on the iPhone, and if it is compelling I may even buy one just so I can demonstrate Run BASIC wherever I am. ;-)

5 comments:

Jerry Muelver said...

I'm about to renew my cell phone contract, and think I'll upgrade from plain-and-simple talk-only to a full keyboard, big screen, pix and video, cross-country, click-click model running MS Mobile, like the Motorola Moto-Q. I can see a quite useful text-only RB program organizing my life on such a device!

Andrew Farnen said...

My uncle has the iPhone (or the one without the phone). I can ask him to try it out.

Simon. Brown said...

My vote is still with Windows Mobile.

Carl Gundel said...

"My vote is still with Windows Mobile."

The point of web applications is that they run on any machine with a browser. You can use Run BASIC with Windows Mobile as easily as you can with the iPhone, the Sidekick, a Blackberry, or a Treo.

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