As promised, we have a new release of Small Basic!  This version contains all the most requested features by the user community.  Thanks everyone for the great suggestions and for making Small Basic better and better!  Please keep the feedback flowing.  We're listening.

For those that are new, Microsoft Small Basic is a project that aims at bringing the fun back to programming and encourages everyone, from kids to adults to take their first step into the wondeful world of programming!

At a high level, this release includes the following updates:

  • Bug fixes on the IDE
  • A smarter compiler with better language service features, including auto-indent
  • Inclusion of ElseIf keyword in the language
  • Better File access operations
  • Access to position and angle of Turtle

Check out the latest version here.

Here's a complete list of all the updates

Language and Editor
  • Several Crash fixes
  • Support for non-US regional OS settings
  • Auto-indent 
  • Parentheses for conditional expressions are now optional
  • Added ElseIf keyword to the language
  • Support for inline comments
  • Fixed bug with negative step value in For..EndFor

Library API Additions

  • Array
    • GetItemCount
    • ContainsIndex
    • ContainsValue
    • RemoveValue
  • Desktop
    • Get ScreenWidth and ScreenHeight
  • File
    • CreateDirectory
    • DeleteFile
    • GetFiles
    • GetDirectories
    • WriteContents Fix: Now works even if the file doesn't already exist.
  • GraphicsWindow
    • Performance Improvements
    • Width/Height Fix: No need to set these twice
    • Hide Fixed crash
    • Add/FillTriangle
    • RotateShape
    • CanResize You now have the option of changing the resize mode
    • Left/Top You can now position the window
    • GetColorFromRGB Construct a valid color value from the color components
  • Math
    • Power
    • GetRandomNumber Fix: Is one based and includes the max-number in range. [Breaking Change]
  • Program
    • Fixes for End()
    • ProgramDirectory Gets the directory of the program
  • Text
    • Append For those times when you want a number to be treated as text
    • GetCharacter Unicode character code to Character
    • GetCharacterCode Character to Unicode Character code
  • TextWindow
    • Clear
    • Left/Top
  • Turtle
    • Angle
    • X, Y