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  • 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: A BASIC Emulator - Small Basic Featured Program

    Today, I'd like to introduce a ZX Spectrum Emulator written in Small Basic by Tryhest. The ZX Spectrum is an 8-bit personal home computer released in the United Kingdom in 1982. This program is introduced in following thread in Small Basic forum. small basic graphic and animations and more ...
  • 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 on Mac

    Today I'm writing this blog on my Mac mini. Today's topic is how Small Basic programs run on Mac. Silverlight Silverlight plug-in supports Safari (browser for Mac OS X). So published Small Basic programs can be run on Safari. On Mac, some fonts are in common with Windows such like Arial, Courier...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic - Colors

    You can set colors in Small Basic in 3 ways: Using pre-defined color names (e.g. GraphicsWindow.BrushColor = "Red" ) Using a Hex value code (e.g. GraphicsWindows.BrushColor = "#FF0000" ) Setting the Red, Green, Blue components (RGB) (e.g. GraphicsWindows.BrushColor = GraphicsWindow.GetColorFromRGB...
  • 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: 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 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 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: 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: How to Download and Install 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 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 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: 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: 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: 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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