NS Basic/App Studio 1.1.2 Released!

NS Basic/App Studio 1.1.2 is ready to download. You can download it from the same URL as before.

There are some nice usability improvements this time.
– You don’t have to change your default browser to test your apps.
– Deploying an app that has already be deployed once is much faster.
– Block comments are now enabled.



  1. Deploy: No longer runs in the default browser. Tries Chrome first, Safari next, then gives a message requesting that a compatible browser to be installed.
  2. Deploy: Refresh Deploy just uploads the app, not all the other files.
  3. Code Window: Jumping to a function scrolls it to the top.
  4. Code Window: Block comment/uncomment a section of code by right clicking or from the Edit menu.
  5. Code Window: Cos() is colored properly.
  6. Deploy: Missing files for titlebar added.
  7. Deploy: Trailing spaces on # USER FILES ignored.
  8. Deploy: Status bar is updated more frequently.
  9. Deploy: Exclude Thumbs.db from manifest.
  10. Docs: Handbook and Language Reference updated.
  11. IDE: Bug in moving Project Explorer tree items fixed.
  12. IDE: Project Explorer buttons have disabled images.
  13. IDE: Updates window enlarged and positioned properly.
  14. Installer: ReadMe file can be opened at end of installation.
  15. Language: Capitalization issues fixed on interval and timeout functions.
  16. PhoneGap: iOS helper file changed from phonegap-0.9.3.min.js to phonegap.js
  17. Runtime: Some variables in canned code were not properly declared.
  18. Samples: slight change to GetData.
  19. Samples: TwoForms modified to use transitions.
  20. Samples: CacheEvents now gives more information.
  21. Translator: ‘ sub = no longer causes problems.
  22. Translator: a[0]=atn(1) fixed.
  23. Translator: FormatNumber((a[1] Mod Reg[0]),9) fixed.
  24. Translator: If A = “a” Or b = “b” Or c = “c” Then… fixed.
  25. Translator: Int() and CInt() are now consistant with VB.
  26. Translator: Print a[0]^5 fixed.
  27. Translator: v1 = Sin((Lat1r – Lat2r) / 2) ^ 2 fixed.

NS Basic/App Studio 1.1.1 Released!

NS Basic/App Studio 1.1.1 is ready to download. You can download it from the same URL as before.

Some of the most important changes are:
– Improved support for international languages: check the Arabic sample.
– New sample showing how to use PhoneGap to access contacts and camera.
– Ability to get the row and column when grid clicked.


  1. Controls: Add image map tag to Image control.
  2. Controls: Grid now returns row, col on click.
  3. Deploy: <Doctype> changed to be HTML5 standard.
  4. Deploy: Blank lines in manifest no longer needed.
  5. Deploy: Make <body> min-height device aware.
  6. Docs: Technote 09 Using PhoneGap API added.
  7. Docs: Handbook and Language Reference updated.
  8. IDE: Fixed unicode in property values.
  9. IDE: Save always saves, regardless of dirty status.
  10. IDE: Added prompt for form deletion.
  11. IDE: Fixed selection problem in Form Editor.
  12. Language: New function GetLocale() added.
  13. Language: New function Log10() added.
  14. Language: VBNullString constant added.
  15. Samples: ComboBox shows how to get name of selected item
  16. Samples: PhoneGapAPI added.
  17. Samples: Tutorial2 and SQLSample2 fixed.
  18. Samples: New HelloWorldArabic
  19. Translator: /*….*/ treated as block comment.
  20. Translator: a.value=”” Or b.value=”” Or c.value=”” fixed.
  21. Translator: DateAdd past end of year fixed.
  22. Translator: Msgbox DatePart(“d”,Now) fixed.
  23. Translator: nStr(2,”12345″,”23″) fixed.
  24. Translator: REM (all by itself) fixed.
  25. Translator: Round(CDbl(“10”),2) fixed.
  26. Translator: x=5: Dim a(x) fixed.

NS Basic/App Studio and PhoneGap

The most important feature of NS Basic/App Studio 1.1 is support for PhoneGap.

PhoneGap is an HTML5 app platform that allows you to author native applications with web technologies and get access to APIs and app stores. It takes your NS Basic/App Studio app and packages it so that it is acceptable for Apple’s App Store, Google’s Marketplace and other platforms.
It also provides additional API functions not found in NS Basic/App Studio.

Depending on platform, these can include:

  • Compass
  • Camera
  • Contacts
  • Files
  • System Information

PhoneGap is free.

Here are a couple of tutorials to help you get started.

Distributing apps using PhoneGap is much more complex than webapps. Android/PhoneGap has a complex installation procedure. While iOS is easier to get going, the 4+ gigabyte download and the complications of the App Store make it at least as complex an undertaking.

NS Basic/App Studio 1.1.0 Released!

NS Basic/App Studio 1.10.0 is ready to download. You can download it from the same URL as before.

The major new thing in this release is support for PhoneGap. There is a new setting in Project Properties, as well as 2 new Tech Notes. Have fun!


  1. Support for PhoneGap added.
  2. PhoneGap API is now supported.
  3. IDE: New project property: phonegap
  4. Tutorials: New Tutorial 11: Using PhoneGap to create an iOS App
  5. Tutorials: New Tutorial 12: Using PhoneGap to create an Android App
  6. Code Window: case normalizes control names
  7. Controls: improvements to iMenu
  8. IDE: Now checks for duplicate control names
  9. IDE: Project explorer icons tweaked.
  10. Samples: Improvements to Geolocation, iMenu, getDate
  11. Translator: MsgBox 1 / (1 + 2011 mod 4) fixed.

Read the full release notes here:

NS Basic/App Studio 1.0.10 Released!

NS Basic/App Studio 1.0.10 is ready to download. You can download it from the same URL as before.

This update has both fixes and some new stuff.


  1. Controls: Buttons now render properly on Android.
  2. Controls: Grid sets width from column sizes if possible.
  3. Controls: iMenu now has addItem, replaceItem and deleteItem methods.
  4. Controls: Text, TextArea: Added onkeypress event.
  5. Deploy: Control positioning changed from Fixed to Absolute.
  6. Docs: Handbook and Language Reference updated.
  7. IDE: “Cannot open project in read only location” fixed.
  8. IDE: firstform property changes if form name changes.
  9. IDE: New icons for Project Explorer
  10. IDE: Sometimes dropdown to go to _click in code did not work.
  11. Language: New screen size functions added to SysInfo().
  12. Samples: iMenu sample updates with new functions.
  13. Samples: New GetDate sample in SpinningWheel subfolder.
  14. Samples: SendDate and CacheEvents have manifest fixed.
  15. Translator: ‘If (a=true) And _ [return] (b=false) Then’ fixed.
  16. Translator: a = { 1: “a”, 2: “b”, 3: “c”} fixed.

The iMenu control has a number of new functions – they are listed under Menu in the Language Reference.

Thanks to Carmine Castiglia for the new iMenu functions. I am sure they will be appreciated by many!

NS Basic/App Studio 1.0.9 released!

NS Basic/App Studio 1.0.9 is ready to download. You can download it from the same URL as before.

This update has both fixes and some new stuff.


  1. Code Window: Added more JavaScript keywords
  2. Code Window: REM statements are no longer case normalized.
  3. Deploy: Added message if file does not exist.
  4. Docs: Handbook and Language Reference updated.
  5. Controls: Grid – New functions added. See below.
  6. Controls: MultiInput.disable fixed.
  7. Controls: Scoping problems in complexfunctions fixed.
  8. IDE: Fixed bug with toolbar resizing.
  9. IDE: Project name change in Save As now changes relevant properties.
  10. IDE: Top line in Project Explorer renamed.
  11. Samples: Geolocation overhauled.
  12. Samples: New MoveTheBall shows use of device motion sensors.
  13. Samples: PictureBox updated and improved.
  14. Samples: New SqlSample2 shows reading, writing database.
  15. Samples: Grid sample updated.
  16. Translator: _onevents fixed (for good?)
  17. Translator: a=vbTab fixed.
  18. Translator: If A=”a” Then:MZahl=1:z1 =2:End If fixed.
  19. Translator: if not(a) and not(b) Then… fixed.
  20. Translator: More problems with brackets fixed.
  21. Translator: Problem with Select…Case fixed.

We have made some changes to the Grid control. There are a number of new functions – they are listed under Grid in the Language Reference. One of the new functions is cell(row,col). Please use this function instead of the current Grid_row_col to refer to cells. The Grid_row_col method deprecated and will stop working in a future release.

The changes make the Grid control more HTML compliant. It is possible that your rows will be drawn with a different height than before: you will need to adjust your code if this happens to you.

I would also like to thank Carmine Castiglia for his new Grid functions and Thomas Gruber for the new SQL sample. I am sure they will be appreciated by many!

NS Basic/App Studio 1.0.8 released!

NS Basic/App Studio 1.0.8 is ready to download. You can download it from
the same URL as before.

This update has both fixes and some new stuff.

Here is what is new and fixed:

  1. Code Window: Add Main, vb* as keywords.
  2. Code Window: lots more case normalization is being done.
  3. Controls: New Audio control – now you can play sounds!
  4. Controls: New Video control.
  5. Controls: redundant click definitions removed.
  6. Controls: Uncaught Reference Error fixed.
  7. IDE: Added style property for project.
  8. IDE: Fixed issue with long strings in HTMLview and extraheaders.
  9. IDE: New Check for Update menu item.
  10. IDE: Deploy window now has OK/Cancel buttons.
  11. IDE: New project property: Language – BASIC or JavaScript
  12. Project Explorer: Forms can be expanded or contracted.
  13. Runtime: Added check for valid browser.
  14. Samples: New AudioVideo sample.
  15. Translator: a[0,1] fixed.
  16. Translator: Dim a: a=b() fixed.
  17. Translator: If c(a) Then a.b=”x” fixed.
  18. Translator: Function window_onorientationchange() fixed.
  19. Translator: More problems with brackets fixed.
  20. Translator: If A=”a” Then:MZahl=1:z1 =2:End If fixed.


– There are two new controls: Audio and Video. They let you include
sounds and video in your app. Sound is pretty straightforward, but the
video types need to be carefully formatted.

– We’ve had requests from people who want to use the IDE purely with
JavaScript. We have added a language property to the project. While it
defaults to BASIC, it can be changed to JavaScript, in which case, no
translation is done on the code. If you use this feature, let us know
how it works for you.