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6 Lessons to learn Small Basic and graduate to Visual Basic!
Ed Price - MSFT
Learn how to use Small Basic and to graduate to Visual Basic... in 6 steps! Lesson 1: Getting Started with Small Basic Lesson 1.1: Introduction to Small Basic - Estimated time to complete this sub-lesson: 30 minutes Lesson 1.2: Statements, Properties, and Operations - Estimated time to complete...
15 Oct 2012
Small Basic Program Gallery
Ed Price - MSFT
3/9/13 UPDATE : Added Basketball, Catch Game, Graph, LED Display, Metronome, and Weather. ============= The goal is that this list contains a lot of Small Basic programs. We're looking for interactive programs that are easy to use, fun, and have little to no learning curve. To browse a larger...
6 Oct 2012
Small Basic 1.0 is here!
Sandra Aldana - MSFT
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...
12 Jul 2011
Small Basic v0.95 speaks another language!
Sandra Aldana - MSFT
Czech is now part of the Small Basic family and it is released for the first time in this latest version 0.95. We also updated some of the Korean strings after receiving some great feedback from one teacher from Korean. No functionality has been added or changed from version 0.9. Download the new...
8 Feb 2011
Small Basic V0.91 is more international than ever!
Sandra Aldana - MSFT
With 3 more languages available, it was hard for us to hold them to the next version. So we have released version 0.91 to include Hebrew, Croatian and Iberian Portuguese. This brings the count of supported languages to 18! No functionality has been added or changed from version 0.9. Download the new...
17 Nov 2010
Small Basic Tutorials
If you are looking for a self-paced learning or teaching Small Basic tutorial, check out http://computerscienceforkids.com . Phil Conrod has a passion for writing tutorials and books aimed at beginner programmers and he’s done an excellent job of covering all the fundamentals of Small Basic programming...
16 Aug 2010
Teaching programming to kids
Lynn Langit and Llewellyn Falco are very active in the programming world, chasing their passion of teaching programming to kids. They have been using Small Basic successfully, for over a year now, to introduce hundreds of kids to programming. As an aid to help understand the programming concepts...
21 Jun 2010
Small Basic V0.9 is here!
Marking the 300k download milestone, comes the 9th installment of Small Basic, the fastest and the best yet! This version of Small Basic packs a ton of bug fixes, performance improvements and some of the most requested features. Download the new version here! Firstly, the Small Basic compiler...
11 Jun 2010
Tower of Hanoi
Alex , a 9 year old programmer from Russia has been learning programming using Small Basic , and has showcased his new learning by porting over the famous Tower of Hanoi to Small Basic. You can check it out and play with it by importing HANOI from Small Basic. You can download...
26 Apr 2010
Sorting Visualization in Small Basic
Zeven , a Small Basic forum er has created a very cool sample that visualizes different sorting algorithms. It is neat to see and compare the efficiencies of the algorithms. You can download the program directly on to your Small Basic IDE by importing the program id SORTVIZ . Or you can check...
19 Apr 2010
LitDev , a very active Small Basic Forum participant has started a thread with a bunch of Small Basic programs that illustrate fascinating optical illusions. Here are some below – click on the link below the images and you can actually view them on your browser. http://smallbasic.com/program...
29 Mar 2010
Small Basic – Now with SilverLight
One Program, Two Platforms! Did you know that with Small Basic v0.8 , you can write a program or a game and have it run identically on both your desktop and the browser? This makes it super easy to share your games with your friends (even those that may be running a Mac). In fact it is so easy...
8 Mar 2010
New home for Microsoft Small Basic
We’re pleased to announce that, after a great year of feedback and updates on Microsoft DevLabs , Small Basic has completed its early incubation period and is moving to a more permanent home at the Microsoft Beginner Developer Learning Center . Thank you to all of you who have contributed your...
24 Feb 2010
Sample of this week: Snake Bite
Snake Bite is a game created by Davey Wavey , inspired by the SNAKE BITE game on the ZX81. Check out the program listing and an online playable version of this game at: http://smallbasic.com/program/?SNKBITE If you have Small Basic v0.8 , you can download and edit this game by importing SNKBITE.
22 Feb 2010
Small Basic v0.8
The eigth and newest installment of Small Basic is now available for download! Check it out here (If the link gives you a previous version, please refresh your browser's cache and try again.) This release features: Addition of details about your published programs. Rating system for programs published...
4 Feb 2010
Small Basic Programs in 25 lines
Note: All the programs listed below can be downloaded directly into Small Basic. Just import the programs using their published Id. What started as a fun challenge in our Small Basic Forums , quickly turned into a repository of very interesting programs, all conforming to a 25-line limit. ...
14 Nov 2009
Happy Birthday Small Basic
Marking the first year anniversary since it went public, we're announcing the 7th release of Small Basic CTP. This release adds localized support to four new languages, extending Small Basic's reach to Chinese, French, German, Italian, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Turkish! In addition, this release...
23 Oct 2009
Announcing v0.3 again!
For some reason, my previous announcement didn't hit the front-page. Here it is again! http://blogs.msdn.com/smallbasic/archive/2009/02/10/microsoft-small-basic-v0-3-is-here.aspx
10 Feb 2009
Microsoft Small Basic v0.3 is here
The next iteration in Microsoft Small Basic's pre-release cycle is here. Once again, we've taken feedback from the community and are giving you what you asked for. So, don't forget to request your favorite feature in our forums ( http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/smallbasic/threads/ ) ...
10 Feb 2009
Tetris - Sample of the Week
Sample of this week is Small Basic Tetris, ported by Kenneth Kasajian . In all, the program is just about 530 lines long, and is listed after the screenshot. GraphicsWindow.KeyDown = HandleKey GraphicsWindow.BackgroundColor = GraphicsWindow.GetColorFromRGB( 253, 252, 251 ) While "True" ...
28 Dec 2008
Code Gallery for Small Basic
I've just created a code gallery page for Small Basic (now with a Wiki). Check it out: http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/smallbasic . In addition to a new link to Small Basic API reference, you can also find information about the upcoming release there.
30 Nov 2008
Sample of the Week
This week's featured sample of the week comes from mcleod_ideafix . This is a fun little point and shoot game, involving the Turtle in a clever way. 'Point-and-shoot '(C)1989 McLeod/IdeaFix. http://www.zxprojects.com 'Target size TargetSize=30 winner=0 wanttoplay=1 'A vector-screen...
1 Nov 2008
Extending Small Basic
The Small Basic compiler is designed to allow external libraries to be plugged in that enable it to be extended in interesting ways. These libraries can be built using any .Net based language and compiled to a .Net assembly. There are a few rules that the Small Basic compiler expects for a type to be...
27 Oct 2008
Welcome to Small Basic Blogs! After being in part-time development for nearly a year, Small Basic is finally out, and I'm excited to see where this will go from here! History It all happened in August of last year when someone sent me a pointer to the article Why Johnny Can't Code and it got...
23 Oct 2008
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