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  • Blog Post: Attention All Small Basic Gurus! Time to SPRING Into Action!

    We still have 12 days to go in the April Small Basic Guru contest! April fools out of the way, now let's find an April genius! The name "April" is derived from the Latin verb "aperire", meaning "to open", as it is the season when trees, flowers AND MINDS start to open! And.. I can't wait...
  • Blog Post: Event Basics - Small Basic Featured Article

    Today we're going to look at an incredibly helpful TechNet Wiki article from litdev : Small Basic: Event Basics LitDev takes us through a very thorough look at Events in Small Basic. The article is made up of four sections: What is an Event How Events Work Using a Game Loop ...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic at the April 2015 TEALS Computer Science Field Trip

    I just found our blog post from last year, and it had the same name as this year's blog post: Small Basic at the April 2014 TEALS Computer Science Student Field Trip Great minds think alike... mine and, mine, I guess. Well, at the 2015 TEALS Field Trip: http://www.tealsk12.org/events/y2015...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic Challenges - April 2015

    These challenges come from litdev and 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...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic is Fun - The Flickr Object

    With Small Basic 1.1, the Flickr object is fully functional. So I added this as a bullet to The Unique Features of the Small Basic Language . Flickr Object In Small Basic 1.1, you can simply call an image from a Flickr search or randomly sort through some images...
  • Blog Post: Battleship Games - Small Basic Featured Programs

    In the March Challenges , litdev included this challenge: Game Challenge Write a battleships game. You will need to consider how it will work with 2 players or play against the computer. Yan Grenier completed his game on 3/21: Hi all, This my solution for the Battleship...
  • 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 Featured Art - Japanese Hina Dolls

    Today's art comes from Nonki Takahashi ! Over in the March Challenge's Forum thread , Nonki submitted this Community Challenge: Community Suggestion (By Nonki) Draw a picture of doll[s]. And here is Nonki's Submission: This is my sample for community suggestion by Nonki: PPF232...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic Guru Awards - Feburary, 2015

    Nonki defeated me! =^) Small Basic Technical Guru - February 2015 Nonki Takahashi Small Basic: Key Input Michiel Van Hoorn : "Great improvement." RZ : "Very nice explanation and examples of key input handling" Ed Price ...
  • Blog Post: Sudden Death - Featured Small Basic Game

    Special thanks to Coding Cat for whipping up a fun little game in the March Challenges. Coding Cat submitted this community challenge: Community Suggestion (By Coding Cat) Easy: A real time countdown lock. Hard: Using the countdown clock as a theme for a game. Here's the game...
  • Blog Post: TNWikiSummit15 Presentation: Small Basic Basics

    Let's take a look at the Small Basic talk I gave this week at the International TechNet Wiki Summit 2015. Here's a write up... I started with the very beginning (which is a very good place to start)... Hello World (Small Basic Blog) Vijaye learned on BASIC. (My first programming language...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic Challenges of the Month - March 2015

    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: Be our next Spring Small Basic Guru!

    In the northern hemisphere at least, Spring is here! (apparently) And at TechNet Wiki, we're hoping you're all hatching new ideas for this month's TechNet Guru competition! We're looking for more shoots and leaves of wisdom to sprout forth from the great tree of MSDN/TechNet life. We're also...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic V-Next - Fixing Bugs

    So we've got a Small Basic 1.1 and Small Basic 1.2 planned! We can't give dates or guarantees, but we want you to know that we're fixing some bugs! You can track the status of the bugs over on the Known Issues page . Here are some of the bugs we've been fixing... 2. Turtle.Show() doesn...
  • Blog Post: UPDATE: Unique Features of Microsoft Small Basic

    Over on this Wiki page: The Unique Features of the Small Basic Language I added two new Unique Features: Simple Error Line Coordination When you get syntax errors (during Compile), just click the error message to hop up to that line and spot in the code! Fun Turtle Graphics...
  • Blog Post: Bienvenido a Small Basic (es-ES)

    Small Basic es un proyecto que está destinado a traer de vuelta a la "diversión" a la programación. Al proporcionar un lenguaje de programación de pequeño y fácil de aprender en un entorno de desarrollo y acogedor, Small Basic hace que la programación...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic Guru (February 2015) It's time for the TechNet Wiki Small Basic "Great Guru Love"! You too can be loved!

    February at TechNet Wiki usually involves a lot of love... We love to read. We love to learn. We love our gurus, for they love to give. We love to make friends and promote great content. We love to meet the community, and get closer to you. We love to interview...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic Monthly Challenges (February 2015) - File Listing, Gravity Missiles, 2048, Icon Editor, MP3 Size Calculator, and Hangman!!!

    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: Small Basic: The History of the Logo Turtle

    Let’s take a look at where the Small Basic Turtle object came from! Turtle graphics were based on turtle robots, which were used in programming. In 1948, Grey Walter created his first robots, named Elmer and Elsie. People often thought his robots looked and moved like tortoises. http:...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic Guru Awards! (December 2014)

    All the votes are in! And below are the results for the Small Basic category of the TechNet Guru Awards, December 2014 !!!! The TechNet Guru Awards celebrate the technical articles on TechNet, contributed from valued wiki authors like YOU! Small Basic Technical Guru - December...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic Featured Article - How to Create For Loops. How to Create For Loops. How to Create For Loops.

    Sometimes you just have to go with the basics! Check out this article here: Small Basic: How to Create For Loops It's short. It's simple. It's straightforward. And hopefully it helps people who are learning! Give it a try and see how clear it is! - Ninja Ed
  • Blog Post: A New Year, a New Opportunity! Become the FIRST Small Basic Guru of 2015!

    Happy New Year! "Guru 2014" is so 'last year'! The real glory is to be the first Guru of 2015! :D The birth of a new year, and a new hero? Or the stamp of authority from long established Guru leaders? The challenge is on, all eyes are watching, anyone could win this month. The prize...
  • Blog Post: The Small Basic Guru Articles submitted for December 2014

    I just want to hop in and show off some of the great Small Basic articles for TechNet Wiki we had this month... Small Basic: Revision Control by Nonki Takahashi How to add background music to a Small Basic game by Pappa Lapub Small Basic: Instructions to Graduate and Debug with Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: Featured Article: The Small Basic Environment (IDE)

    Today, I want to highlight an excellent article that starts at the very beginning (a very good place to start). It comes to us from our master Small Basic Wiki author, Nonki Takahashi . You can check out the full article here: The Small Basic Environment (IDE) What is IDE IDE is an abbreviation...
  • Blog Post: Should we have a Small Basic International Summit?

    What do you think? Should we have a Small Basic International Summit? It would be: Online only, for now In English, for now (maybe other languages in the future) 2-3 days with multiple sessions All sessions recorded Cover everything Small Basic related What do you think...
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