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• #### Blog Post: Small Basic - Invalid Variable Names

This Table shows some illegal variable names, along with the reason why each name’s invalid. Table: Invalid Variable Names Variable Name What’s Wrong? 2Player starts with a digit My.Address has an invalid character...
• #### Blog Post: You could be our Fabulous February Small Basic Guru!

Fabulous February is here at last! This is the month some of the greatest names in TechNet Wiki history will step forth and give us knowledge! That's YOU by the way! Drop us a little ray of sun, a few lines of love, or virtual valentine! Your revelations could enrich so many more if you copied...
• #### Blog Post: Small Basic Featured Article: Automatic Type Conversion

You can find the latest and greatest version of this article here: Small Basic: Automatic Type Conversion Overview You’ve probably seen how to write expressions with both integers and decimal numbers, and you also probably know how to glue (concatenate) two strings together using the...
• #### Blog Post: Introduction to Microsoft’s Small Basic by Martin Fish - Class 1

We've got some great curriculum here from one of our favorite educators! Let's get to it! This is an introductory lesson plan from one of our favorite middle school teachers, Mr. Fish, who teaches at Mason Middle School in Mason, Ohio. So you can start this off for your first class session! And big...
• #### Blog Post: Featured Small Basic Program - XY Graph from Bluegrams!

Download the application here: XY Graph XY Graph is a function plotting program coded with Small Basic. It is able to plot different types of functions into a simple coordinate system. XY Graph also can create score tables. About XY Graph XY Graph uses the same syntax analysis as 123 Calculator...
• #### Blog Post: Small Basic - January & February 2016 Challenges!!! (Card "Snap" Game, Slalom Skiing Game, Gravity Ball, Holiday Calendar, Countdown, Pathmapping, Background Color, & File Management)

Challenge of the Month - January+February 2016 Click here to participate: https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/32e9fde9-7d4e-481e-979e-e73afcae38f6/challenge-of-the-month-januaryfebruary-2016?forum=smallbasic These challenges are intended for people who are learning to program for...
• #### Blog Post: Be our Small Basic TechNet Guru of 2016 and become renowned in community and professional circles!

A new year! A new start for the TechNet Guru Awards 2016! 2015 Guru was soooo last year! 2016 Guru is where it's @ my friends! This is when you make your mark on history and stamp your authority on your favoured technology! This is when they shall know your name and come to appreciate your depth...
• #### Blog Post: Small Basic Featured Game: Small Block Builder v.0.1.1

Small Block Builder is a Small Basic game in the open explorative style of Minecraft. It is created by Bluegrams . It's been updated, so let's dig into that update! This forum thread is about the game Small Block Builder. Small Block Builder is a Minecraft-like block building game where you can...
• #### Blog Post: Featured Small Basic Article - Leap Year Checker

Today I'm featuring this Wiki article: Small Basic Sample: Leap Year Checker Here is the overview from that article: For example, let’s say you want to create a program that checks whether a given year’s a leap year or not. It’s a leap year if the year’s evenly...
• #### Blog Post: Beginning Microsoft Small Basic - Review by Janelle N & her son (age 10)

It's time for a guest blogger! Today's guest blogger is JannelleN and her 10 year old son . Let's get to it... =========================== I love exposing my children to different activities and experiences. A wide range of exposure helps them explore and discover their God-given talents and...
• #### Blog Post: Small Basic - November Guru Award Winners!!!

We had a few great articles in November! Let's see what the judges thought! Small Basic Technical Guru - November 2015 Ed Price - MSFT Small Basic: Using a Sentinel for Loop Control Michiel Van Hoorn : "Excellent post on using loops and an approach...
• #### Blog Post: Small Basic Featured Program - Program Database

This was a challenge to write a database program with Small Basic. I started to write this program in June last year in a Challenge of the Month . But suspended because of Combo Box coding. Code of Combo Box has been completed last month . Then I restarted to write my database program and reported about...
• #### Blog Post: Beginning Microsoft Small Basic - Review by Tere S & her son (age 12)

It's time for a guest blogger! Today's guest blogger is Tere S and her 12-year old son . Let's get to it... =========================== I believe that in today’s computer-savvy world, if you are familiar with computer programming languages, you are sure to have an edge in the job market...
• #### Blog Post: Small Basic Featured Program - Fluid Particle Simulation

Sam Gerard made this fluid simulation with LitDev's help! Here is Sam's profile: _'-'_ In Sam's words... I built a program to simulate water particles, its not very accurate or fast, but its the best I could do. I was just wondering if anyone had any ideas of what I could add/change in...
• #### Blog Post: 12/8 UPDATES: Small Basic Program Galleries

We have two Small Basic Program Galleries: Small Basic Program Gallery Small Basic Program Gallery - Listed By Category Today we added some new programs to those lists: 12/08/15 UPDATE : Oculus Rift Ball Bounce and Batting Practice (games), Database Sample and Wavelength to RGP Converter...
• #### Blog Post: Who will be crowned the last Small Basic Guru of 2015???!!

Here it is folks! THE FINAL CHALLENGE OF 2015!! Step up all known Gurus currently active! Let us see the year out in style, with some final thoughts and knowledge from everyone we love and follow in the TechNet and MSDN community. All you have to do is add an article to TechNet Wiki from...
• #### Blog Post: Small Basic Challenges of the Month - December 2015 (turtle, tree, your national anthem, Euler, stickman, AI, and more!)

These challenges come from LitDev (and community submissions) 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...
• #### Blog Post: Lego Mindstorms EV3 Basic - Leveraging the Small Basic Graphics Window

Here's the main announcement with all the information about EV3 Basic: Lego Mindstorms EV3 extension for Small Basic - EV3 Basic!!! Now we're going to dig deeper on how EV3 Basic can leverage the Small Basic Graphics Window! Small Basic Graphics Window Leveraging Small Basic...
• #### Blog Post: Small Basic Featured Article - How to Use Trigonometric Functions

Here's a classic article from Nonki: Small Basic: How to Use Trigonometric Functions Let's imagine we want to draw an arc. Assume the center of the arc is located at x = 200, y = 300, and the start angle is a1 = -30 and the end angle = -60. In mathematics, the y axis goes up. But in Small...
• #### Blog Post: Small Basic Technical Guru Winners - October 2015

Nonki and I battled it out for October. Here are the judge comments: Small Basic Technical Guru - October 2015 Ed Price - MSFT Microsoft Small Basic 1.2 Release Note Richard Mueller : "Lots of information and great images. I like the extensive "See...
• #### Blog Post: Small Basic Featured Program - Wavelength To RGB Converter

This featured program comes from Pappa Lapub. Here's a small WavelengthToRGB converter that does just what it's name says, with different linear functions for R, G and B like this: ID: RCP237 (Right click in GW for Help) Also featured in the Small Basic Forum on MSDN here: https://social...
• #### Blog Post: Small Basic Ninjas needed for the November Gurus! Application details within.

We need Wizards and warriors, of words and wisdom. Come forth, oh mighty techno-scribbler! Pass your knowledge to others! Show us what you know and let others learn from your journey. Soon you may become a member of the Technet Wiki Ninjas, and can quickly grow and get promoted within our ranks! ...