Small Basic is a great little project out of Microsoft’s DevLab that I have been following for a while. It’s a simple, little Basic language and IDE that harkens back to things like Qbasic and GBBasic and other early versions of BASIC that many of us cut our programming teeth on. The latest version has a feature that I think is just “killer.” As you can see in the image below there is a “Graduate” button now.

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The Graduate button creates a new Visual Basic .Net version of the program and opens it in the Visual Basic IDE. This looks like a very useful step in the process of moving from a simple learning environment up to a more complete, professional development environment. I’m looking forward to hearing from people using this feature with students or from self-learners who try it out.

Other enhancements in SB 0.7 are still more local language options. Besides English, Small Basic now available in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish.

More information and the free download at http://SmallBasic.com