After more than two years of pre-release versions of Small Basic, we are finally releasing the 1.0 version. Although we know that there a number of features we still haven’t implemented, we feel that Small Basic now has a solid set of the core features that make it useful to beginners. We hope to get everyone onto the 1.0 version so that we have a common baseline to move forward.
Over the past few months, we have been focused largely on our online experience and also the Small Basic translation efforts. There is a huge demand for Small Basic outside the US, and so we want to help beginners in other parts of the world to get started in programming. Here’s what’s new:
Although we haven’t really added new features in 1.0, besides Icelandic, we do have a list of feature requests from users, and we are looking at how we can add them in the future. I also want to let you know about some new Small Basic extensions from our friends at the TeachingKidsProgramming website. More details below…
TeachingKidsProgramming provides free courseware to introduce kids (ages 10+) to programming. New in this compatible release of the Small Basic Fun extensions (http://extendsmallbasic.codeplex.com) is a recipe '(m)adLibs' which you can use to introduce the MVC pattern to your kids. It includes several new objects, such as a Viewer and a Parser to support teaching of this pattern.
Finally, we’d like to thank the Small Basic community for your passion around this product and for teaching young people the joys of computer programming. The Small Basic Virtual Team shares your passion, and we look forward to our continued partnership on this project.
The Small Basic Virtual Team