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  • Blog Post: Small Basic - November Guru Award Winners!!!

    We had a few great articles in November! Let's see what the judges thought! Small Basic Technical Guru - November 2015 Ed Price - MSFT Small Basic: Using a Sentinel for Loop Control Michiel Van Hoorn : "Excellent post on using loops and an approach...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic 1.2 Released with Kinect Support and Bug Fixes

    Michael Scherotter is a Media Experience Evangelist at Microsoft who works with media companies to help them build apps, works with 3D printer manufacturers to help them write drivers, and is part of the Small Basic development team who brought Kinect objects to Small Basic 1.2. We are excited to...
  • Blog Post: Help us prioritize your Small Basic 1.1 Known Issues (Bugs) and Feature Ideas!!!

    Thank you everyone for your feedback about Small Basic! First, you can check out the Microsoft Small Basic 1.1 Release Notes to see what's new in Small Basic! We've been gathering known issues and feature ideas from you here: Microsoft Small Basic v1.0: Known Issu e s . And now we want your...
  • Blog Post: Slot Machines - Small Basic Featured Program

    In LitDev's April Challenges: https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/3b975ffc-cbfd-407c-ab95-74912e57c65d/challenge-of-the-month-april-2015?forum=smallbasic We had the... Game Challenge Write a slot machine game - pull the handle, spin the wheels and win win win. Jibba Jabba...
  • Blog Post: Advanced Turtle Graphics - Small Basic Featured Program

    Today I will introduce an extended version of Turtle Graphics program written by qwx. This program is announced as comments in my blog post last week. Qwx's program was DMX970. Updated points from my XVK119-3 were: Shortened commands Colors Main repeat loop must be in the first line ...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic 1.1 is here!

    Starting last year, we began the journey of continuing development on Microsoft Small Basic. It's a new team assembled across Microsoft in a new world of devices and platforms. As you can imagine, we're taking one step at a time. This is not a large step, but it's an important step. Please join us...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic - April Challenges! (no fooling)

    A brand new set of challenges from litdev ... These challenges are intended for people who are learning to program for the first time or for those returning to programming who want to start using SmallBasic. Some will be easy, some will be hard - but they will all make you think, and more importantly...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic Program Gallery - Listed By Category

    12/08/15 UPDATE : Oculus Rift Ball Bounce and Batting Practice (games), Database Sample and Wavelength to RGP Converter (Productivity), Clown: Parsed Pixels (Graphical), and Pendulum (Sciences). On 11/17/15: Small Block Builder and Triple Six (Games). On 10/21/15: Pendulum Clock 2 (Graphical). On 9/3...
  • Blog Post: Text to Binary Converter - Small Basic Featured Program

    Ha! I saw an episode of "Big Bang Theory" where they were arguing over the binary translation of English (how many zeros and ones there should be). Amir had made a Decimal to Binary converter that I featured , and I mentioned that a text to binary converter would be pretty sweet. Well now (through...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic TeamChallenge - Tower Defense Game

    Small Basic community member Timo Sö had a winning idea: to start a TeamChallenge competition. The challenge was to create a "Tower Defense Game" in one week. They developed their games from 12/3/2010 to 12/10/2010. Here is Timo's first Forum thread on the topic . Here are the teams: 1...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic - Elementary & Middle Student Testimonials

    Last Updated: 09/23/15 - JCGarrido's son, Adrian , age 12. 11/28/14: Der_Programmier , age 9. 10/21/13: Added Anne's son . 8/25/13: Added Lisa M's daughter, Amber. On 6/20/13: Added 8Bit Pony . On 6/10: Added Michelle P's son, Heather H's son, and Jalynn P's kid. On 5/27: Added Leslie E's son , Eddie...
  • 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 01/31/16: Added Fremy's Extension as a featured extension. On 11/2/15: Added LitDev and EV3 Basic. On 6/13/13: Added Timo So's MoreOptions Extension. On 5/31/13: Added NaochanOn's Barcode Extension. ============================ FEATURED EXTENSIONS: Lego Mindstorms EV3 Basic ( info...
  • Blog Post: What are the 14 Keywords of Small Basic?

    In the Small Basic FAQ , it mentions there are 14 keywords: What are the unique features of the Small Basic language? Size The Small Basic language consists of just 14 keywords. ========== Of the 14 keywords, we'll cover 16 of them in this blog post: And Else ElseIf EndFor EndIf...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic Program Gallery

    12/08/15 UPDATE : Oculus Rift Ball Bounce, Batting Practice, Database Sample, Wavelength to RGP Converter, Clown: Parsed Pixels, and Pendulum. On 11/17/15: Added several Science related programs, Triple Six, and Small Block Builder. On 9/3/13: Added Eora Duck Hunt. On 6/29: Added SBCraft. On 6/12: Added...
  • 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 V0.9 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: 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/ ) ...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Hello World

    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...
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