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wisem2540

I am a huge autoit fan and have written several graphical apps.  I would love to get started building simple and complex android apps.  I am hoping someone here can recommend a good platform to get started with.  Preferably something that had an Autoit-like feel

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Earthshine

I like Visual Studio so I go with this-- Target all platforms with one code base. I have used it, and it is pretty sweet.

https://visualstudio.microsoft.com/xamarin/

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2 hours ago, Earthshine said:

I like Visual Studio so I go with this-- Target all platforms with one code base. I have used it, and it is pretty sweet.

https://visualstudio.microsoft.com/xamarin/

Isn't there a significant cost for visual studio?

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Earthshine

There’s no app development that’s similar to auto IT for phones in anything you choose is going to have cost.  Maybe android studio is free from Google but then you’re limited to developing for only android and not iOS and not PC 

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JLogan3o13

To get your feet wet with Android automation I would suggest Tasker. It's free, and easy to learn, but capable of a lot.

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@wisem2540

Basic4Android (B4A) might be worth taking a look into.  It's sort of like the old VB6 development environment, but for Android.  It has a feature-rich, WYSIWYG development environment and a very active community.  The language is very similar to AutoIt in many respects.  That means you can spend more time learning the specifics of Android programming and less time learning the language and the development environment.  It used to be free but I think they charge a nominal fee now.

They also have B4I (IOS), B4J (Desktop), and B4R (Arduino) if you choose to expand onto other platforms.

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