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  • Blog Post: Small Basic is FREE!!!

    Yeah, it's free. Give yourself a gift. Or give a kid a future in computer software that they might not otherwise have. Just click: What is Small Basic? Well... Small Basic is Fun, Simple, Social, & Gradual. And these resources will guide you. Ten year olds have used these resources on their...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic Game Gallery

    This is an exhaustive list of the Small Basic games coming from our community of developers! Small Basic Games Action Basketball - by NaochanON Basketball Science - by Nonki Takahashi Block Smasher V2 ( info ) by Behnam Azizi Brick Wall ( info ) - by Stendec Catch Game - by NaochanON...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic Program Gallery - Listed By Category

    9/3/13 UPDATE : Added Eora Duck Hunt. On 8/31: Starfield Simulator 2 (Graphical). On 7/8: Walking Man (Graphical). On 6/29: Added SBCraft (Games). On 6/12: Added String Searcher. On 5/26: Added Basketball Science, Darts (Games), and Collision Physics (Sciences). On 5/22: Added Chess Board, Go Simulator...
  • Blog Post: 6 Lessons to learn Small Basic and graduate to Visual Basic!

    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...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic Extensions Gallery

    UPDATED 6/13/13 : Added Timo So's MoreOptions Extension. On 5/31/13: Added NaochanOn's Barcode Extension. ============================ The impossible goal is that this list will eventually contain every quality extension made for Small Basic. I'm starting with some listed in the Small Basic...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic Program Gallery

    9/3/13 UPDATE : Added Eora Duck Hunt. On 6/29: Added SBCraft. On 6/12: Added String Searcher. On 5/22: Added Abacus Beads, Chomper, Go Simulator, Minesweeper, Piano, and Shapes Editor. On 3/9: Added Basketball, Catch Game, Graph, LED Display, Metronome, and Weather. ============= The goal is that...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic 1.0 is here!

    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...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic v0.95 speaks another language!

    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...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic V0.91 is more international than ever!

    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...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic Tutorials

    If you are looking for a self-paced learning or teaching Small Basic tutorial, check out http://www.computerscienceforkids.com/microsoft-small-basic . 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Optical Illusions

    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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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.
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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. ...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Star Gates: Sample of the Week

    This week's sample is an adventure in Space - a game called Star Gates, developed by BigDaddyo . This exciting and fun game takes game programming in Small Basic to the next level - with amazing sound and graphics effects. You can find the program listing at: http://smallbasic.com/program/?STARGATES...
  • Blog Post: Sample of the week: Gorillas

    About 20 years ago, Microsoft released MS-DOS 5, and with it shipped a programming language called QBASIC . One of the samples that came with QBASIC is GORILLAS.BAS . The game used real-world Physics to make players hit each other with... wait for it... bananas. Come on, what did you expect from a game...
  • Blog Post: 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
  • Blog Post: 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/ ) ...
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