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  • 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: 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 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: Small Basic Curriculum

    Learn all about Small Basic by using the curriculum. With the curriculum, you can lean Small Basic with separate lessons - just like you would in a classroom. You can download the curriculum, which includes PowerPoint decks to teach from. As a teacher or as a student learning Small Basic on your own...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic E-Books

    Learn more about Small Basic and find detailed samples by reading sample chapters from one of three e-books that we are providing to you at no cost. If you like using the e-book format, we have links on each page to where you can purchase the complete e-book. The Developer's Reference...
  • Blog Post: Create a Metronome in Small Basic - Community Challenge

    For our March Challenge of the Month ... One of Nonki's Community Challenges was... (d) Create a metronome. And NaochanON created a great metronome! Click here to play with it: LWQ467-0 For fun, crank the pitch up to 195, and enjoy! You'd think the arm would fall off when going...
  • 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: Drawing Butterflies and Hearts... USING ONLY CODE - Small Basic Featured Programs

    UPDATES : Added Nonki's heart as Heart #3 on 2/13. Added Nonki's butterfly as Butterfly #3 on 2/11. =========================== Check out our February Small Basic Coding Challenges from LitDev! Community challenges are from Math Man and Amir CPS. Today we're going to look at two challenges...
  • 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: Christmas Trees - Small Basic Featured Programs

    As part of LitDev's December Challenges , Nonki suggested this Christmas Tree challenge: "Draw a Christmas tree - how about with flashing lights." First here's NaochanON 's version: Watch the program here . Just when you think nothing's going to happen, something does! =^) And now...
  • 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: Microsoft's History with BASIC (Altair 8800, TRS-80 Color Computer)

    A Brief History of Small Basic Today, we have a guest blogger, Philip Conrod ! He is sharing with us an excerpt from their book for kids, Beginning Microsoft Small Basic by Philip Conrod and Lou Tylee. This section is available as part of Chapter 1 of "Beginning Microsoft Small Basic" . You can find...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic Interview - Philip Conrod (Visual Basic, Assembler, Pascal, Fortran, COBOL, Java, Visual C#, & Small Basic)

    Today I am interviewing Philip Conrod. Philip has co-authored, edited, and published several Microsoft Small Basic programming books and tutorials with his friend and colleague, Lou Tylee. Some of these books include the following Small Basic Best Sellers: Let's get started! Who are...
  • Blog Post: Windows Forms I/O Extension for Small Basic

    Note - They took down this project. Gungan's working on a new version. New features/changes to the Web Forms in version 2.0: Chart control Changed the class's name to "Forms" instead of "WindowsFormsForSmallBasic". There is an updated sample with ID: ZQX928. The information is provided...
  • Blog Post: Why Learn Small Basic?

    Today, we have a special guest blogger, Philip Conrod ! He is sharing with us an excerpt from their book for kids, Beginning Microsoft Small Basic by Philip Conrod and Lou Tylee. This section is available as part of Chapter 1 of "Beginning Microsoft Small Basic" . You can find their books and other materials...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic Interview - Liam McSherry (C#, C++, D, & Small Basic)

    Welcome to our first interview where we interview folks from the Small Basic community! We're starting with the winner of our contest to write Small Basic articles on TechNet Wiki. Liam's Profile Who are you, where are you, and what do you do? What programming languages do you use? Well...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic Tutorial: Creating Your First Program

    Today we have a guest blogger: Noah Buscher ! Check out Noah's first tutorial... about your first Small Basic program. Small Basic is a .NET language created by Microsoft. It allows the beginner programmer to get started creating programs right away, and does not confuse the beginner with the...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic Featured Program - Turtle Maze

    This is an image only... ( Click here to play the game .) Nonki updated this game on 12/3/12: http://smallbasic.com/program/?XHL585-5 What fun! You can only do a few things though... Click Next to change the maze. Click Start to watch the Turtle go crazy as he turns left as his strategy...
  • Blog Post: Featured Article - Small Basic: How to Create an Extension Using C#

    Liam McSherry won our TechNet Wiki contest ! Here is a sample of the winning article... Introduction Microsoft Small Basic, while a good language for a beginner, is rather limited once you really get into programming. If you feel you're rather advanced with Small Basic, but you also feel that...
  • Blog Post: Click the Button - Small Basic Featured Program

    Today's featured program is Click the Button . Gah! I edited it and lost the embed. I can't get it back. Here's an image of the program: Today's featured program is "Click the Button" by Timo Sö . It's very challenging. How far can you get? You can find it here: http://smallbasic...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic - Elementary & Middle Student Testimonials

    Last Updated: 10/21/13 - 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 D's daughter and Linda B's son . On 5/26: Added Jennifer L's daughter, Elizabeth . On...
  • 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: 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...
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