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  • 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: 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: Tap into Small Basic Forum

    When you are learning Small Basic programming, you may stack on your debugging. I recommend to utilize lots of resources about Small Basic as following steps. Search in TechNet Wiki. Small Basic Portal may help you. Search in Small Basic Forum. Ask question in Small Basic Forum. To...
  • 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: 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: 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 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: Chomper Man - Small Basic Featured Game

    Today's featured program is SB Chomper, a packman clone. It's fantastic! You can play it here: Chomper (Packman) - by Anthony Yarrell /QBasicLover Who is Anthony Yarrell (goes by QBasicLover)? Here is his bio in his own words... "I (Anthony Yarrell, a.k.a. QBasicLover) am an office...
  • 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: Sierpenski Triangles - Small Basic Featured Programs

    Here's an interesting discussion of Sierpenski Triangles: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/smallbasic/thread/15a4a5bf-98d8-42f9-93ce-7246ef584a2c Here are two examples that were created in Small Basic: Random Sierpinski Triangle - by RubikWizard Sierpinski Triangle - by Stendec...
  • 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: Small Basic Extension - Extended Small Basic Library (ESL) 0.4.1a

    2/17/13 UPDATE: Added the 0.4.1a patch link and info. ======================= Today's featured Small Basic extension comes from Liam McSherry . Here is information about the extension in his words... Extended Small Basic Library, or ESL , is a small but powerful extension for Microsoft Small...
  • 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: How to convert text into Binary

    This fantastic chart comes from today's guest blogger, Liam McSherry . In Liam's words... ============================= If anyone wants to know how to convert text into a series of binary digits, I quickly made this little graphic. Note that this sort of system applies to all radices...
  • 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: Soda Pop Showdown - Small Basic Featured Game

    Today's featured game was nominated by CodingLikeCrazy . In CLC's words... ======== Soda Pop Showdown is the name of the game I would like to nominate. it is made by JKrueg . Click here to play Soda Pop Showdown! The code is SND683. http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/profile/jkrueg/?ws...
  • Blog Post: Tankinator - Small Basic Featured Game

    Today we're featuring Tankinator, from Zock77 . Cobra355 helped with some graphics. Here's a screenshot: Download Version 0.02: http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Tankinator-Small-Basic-Game-55a77a3f Features added: 1) Added pause Feature ("P" to activate) - Thanks to litdev for source...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic for Little Kids Series #02 – Loop

    The single most important concept in programming is loop, I think. And yet, it's (usually) not an easy concept for kids to grasp. I remember when I was young, I had to struggle with the idea of loop and N=N+1. Back then, a loop in BASIC might look like this: 10 PRINT "123" 20 GOTO 10 GOTO statement...
  • Blog Post: LED Display - Small Basic Featured Program

    Today's featured program is the LED Display from Amir CPS . Thanks to LitDev for nominating the program here . The Forum thread that explains this program (and gives you the code): http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/smallbasic/thread/3cf9385b-fdb0-4f42-9436-21d95e778903#b617a188-4fb0...
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