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  • Blog Post: Why Microsoft Small Basic? Why not Scratch or Alice?

    This was originally written up by the Small Basic creator, Vijay Raji... "Both Scratch and Alice are great tools that help beginners learn the concepts of programming. They are doing so by enabling people to write "codeless" programs. Small Basic is taking a different approach by introducing code...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic Guru Awards!! (March 2014)

    All the awards go to Nonki this month! Small Basic Technical Guru - March 2014 Nonki Takahashi Small Basic: Centering Text in Graphics Window RZ : "Clearly written explanation with nice graphics to go with it." Ed Price : "I love having the three...
  • Blog Post: A Brief History of BASIC

    The BASIC language was developed in the early 1960's at Dartmouth College as a device for teaching programming to “ordinary” people. There is a reason it’s called BASIC: B (Beginner's) A (All-Purpose) S (Symbolic) I (Instruction) C (Code) When time-sharing systems were introduced...
  • Blog Post: The Developer’s Reference Guide to Small Basic - The First 5 Chapters

    So a good Reference Guide is always appreciated! And that's why Phil Conrod was good enough to write one for us and then to allow us to upload the first five chapters! You can find the first five chapters on TechNet Wiki: 1. Introducing Small Basic 2. Overview of Small Basic Programming...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic Portal - Featured TechNet Wiki article

    Wiki: Small Basic Portal This article is a portal that categorically lists all the Small Basic articles that are on TechNet Wiki. Please add more Wiki articles about Small Basic here: Wiki: Small Basic Portal Before we unravel this article, did you know that Small Basic is the perfect tool...
  • Blog Post: 4 Color Pattern Game - Small Basic Featured Program

    This game came from the December Challenges here: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/39673f2b-1f37-465e-9401-c66455aff42a/challenge-of-the-month-december-2013?forum=smallbasic Game Challenge Write a clone of the Simon game. From NaochanON : Wednesday, December 04...
  • 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 December 2013 Challenges!!!

    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 be GREAT FUN ! Please post your solutions...
  • Blog Post: Why Small Basic is a great programming language for kids and beginners - By Joe Dwyer

    From Joe Dwyer: "Small Basic is a very simple, fully functional, programming language, created as an offshoot of the BASIC programming language which has been around for decades. The simplicity of it makes it a great choice for kids and beginners to learn how to program a computer. "Small Basic...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic Monthly Challenges for November 2013

    Thanks to LitDev for hosting the monthly challenges! 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: Dirtbike Game from Zock77 - Small Basic Featured Program

    Zock77 strikes again! Zock's profile: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/profile/zock77/?ws=usercard-mini Here is the game download: Link And here are some pics: Have you played it? What do you think? - Ninja Ed
  • Blog Post: October 2013 - Small Basic Community Challenges!!!

    Go share your results in this forum thread from LitDev: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/ad1e68b2-6b36-467f-b6c3-20671b0fd8e9/challenge-of-the-month-october-2013 These challenges are intended for people who are learning to program for the first time or for those returning to...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic FAQ - Featured Article

    Find the latest and complete article here: Small Basic FAQ The original content comes from the Small Basic founder, Vijaye. Read these frequently asked questions (FAQ) to learn more about Small Basic and if it's the right program for you! What is Small Basic? Small Basic is a project...
  • Blog Post: Swinging Pendulum - Small Basic Physics Challenge

    Today's featured program is a missile commander game from NaochanON . Here's the game: FWR293-1 This was one of the September Small Basic Challenges ... Physics Challenge Make a pendulum that swings as accurately as possible Using your mouse, click and hold the yellow circle...
  • Blog Post: A Missile Commander Game - Small Basic Featured Program

    Today's featured program is a missile commander game from NaochanON . Here's the game: SKL606 Download sounds ( missile ,alarm , bomb explosion ) from here . And save them in your "Program.directory". This game is part of the September Small Basic Monthly Challenges: http://social.msdn...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic Challenges of the Month - September 2013

    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 Small Basic. Some will be easy, some will be hard - but they will all make you think, and more importantly be GREAT FUN ! Please post your solutions...
  • Blog Post: Eora Duck Hunt - Small Basic Featured Game

    New game in Jibba Jabba's words: It only runs locally, NOT in the browser. You can import using id XCC705-1 Or here's the browser link for a quick look, but it won't run in the browser: http://smallbasic.com/program/?XCC705-1 It's called Eora Duck Hunt because that's the Australian Aboriginal...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic - How to Create an Extension Using VB.NET

    It's time for another guest blogger! This one is from Noah Buscher. Find the latest version of this article on TechNet Wiki: Small Basic: How to Create an Extension Using VB.NET This article is about how to create a simple extension that you can build on for Small Basic (Microsoft). To get started...
  • Blog Post: Get Started with Small Basic - Featured Article

    Get Started with Small Basic Microsoft Small Basic puts the fun back into computer programming. With a friendly development environment that is very easy to master, it eases students of all ages into the world of programming. Read the Small Basic FAQ...
  • 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 Guru - How to Make a Turtle Maze Game

    Nonki Takahashi is our Small Basic TechNet Guru for June! See the TechNet Guru Contributions for June 2013 . About Nonki : I am an amateur programmer. I used to program with one of BASIC language on an 8-bit micro computer when I was a college student. In 2010, I started to program with Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic for Little Kids Series – Pong

    It was a beautiful sunny weekend, and wife's mandate of father-son bonding was to be obeyed... So, after a bike ride, it's time for some coding. Small Basic, that is. My little boy has been bugging me about game programming. After some convincing, he settled on Pong, not entirely sure what Pong is...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic - Fun, Simple, Social, Gradual

    Programming is Fun, again! Mirosoft Small Basic puts the "fun" back into computer programming. With a friendly development environment that is very easy to master, it eases both kids and adults into the world of programming. Simple Small Basic combines a friendly environment with a very simple...
  • Blog Post: 3D RayCaster Maze - Featured Small Basic Game

    Check out this fantastic 3D real-time game (that runs online)... 3D Color RayCaster Maze - by Old Basic Coder From the creator, Old Basic Coder... I made a "3D Maze" type program as an exercise. Had not programmed anything for about 25 years, fancied getting back into it, and downloaded...
  • Blog Post: What is the Best Programming Language to Learn?

    Today's guest blogger is Jibba Jabba (Rick Murphy)... Jibba Jabba's Profile About Rick Murphy... amateur programmer. Began with Small Basic in Dec 2012. Last job was as a kitchen supervisor for 8 years. Now taking a break. Like cooking, love programming. Rick wrote this great bit about what...
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