Google has released a simple programming language called, appropriately enough, “Simple.” The goal of Simple is to provide an easy-to-learn-and-use language for the mobile Android platform. As a BASIC dialect, Simple is particularly well suited for non-professional programmers, but can also be used by experienced developers. Simple enables programmers to quickly write Android applications by using components included with its runtime system.
Similar to its 1990’s relative BASIC developed by Microsoft, Simple programs consist of form definitions (which contain components) and source code (which contains the program logic). The interaction between the components and the program logic happens through events triggered by the components. The program logic consists of event handlers, which contain code reacting to the events.
Simple is available for Windows, Linux and Mac. The language is open-source and includes sample applications and a tutorial.
Google warns that the Simple project is still a work in progress and likely contains bugs and missing features. Given that the language is open source, Google encourages developers themselves to fill any gaps in functionality.
Article published on August 5, 2009
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