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  • Blog Post: Create Real Console Mode Program in Small Basic - Featured Thread

    Today, I'd like to introduce a thread in Small Basic forum. The thread is " Create real Console mode program in SB " posted by Pappa Lapub . This thread is a general discussion in the forum and shows how to create real console mode program with Small Basic and a freeware utility Application Mode Changer...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic: Rotate Triangle and Line

    Once I wrote an article about how to rotate Shapes not from the center on TechNet Wiki. And that article was featured on this blog . That article was for Rectangle and Ellipse. Today I will introduce about rotation for Triangle and Line. Rotation Center Rectangle and Ellipse are rotated from...
  • Blog Post: Shapes Editor 1.7b - Small Basic Featured Program

    I published Shapes 1.7b ( XFZ657-16 ) yesterday. This program is a shapes (picture) editor. I'd like to talk about this new version. New Features There are two new points in 1.7b. Added grid feature - [Grid] toggles grid display Changed window size to 598 x 428 pixels The grid...
  • Blog Post: Uppercase or Lowercase in Small Basic

    Small Basic language itself is case-insensitive. So, for example, variable name number and Number are the same. There is not a clear guidelines about casing in Small Basic so far. But, for readability of source programs, we should be careful about casing. And, Small Basic is one of .NET languages...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic: Difference between Local and Remote - Featured Article

    After publishing your program to Small Basic listing server, you may find problems in your program running in your browser with Silverlight. A TechNet Wiki article "Small Basic: Difference between Local and Remote" shows the difference of behavior when the Small Basic running under desktop and under...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic International Resources - Featured Article

    Today I'd like to introduce TechNet Wiki article "Small Basic: International Resources" . There are 23 languages of resources as follows. If you find other language resources, please let me know. Thanks. Language IDE Reference Guide Curriculum Wiki Books Videos Twitter...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic: Did you Know? - Featured Article

    Today we'll take a look at a fantastic TechNet Wiki article from Nonki Takahashi : Small Basic: Did You Know? This is a fun one... You can make the Intellisense Window translucent by holding down the Control key. Useful to see the text underneath. This is one of my favorites...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic - Shortcuts

    Keyborard shortcuts are combination of keys pushing at the same time to do some functions. There are some shortcuts for Small Basic IDE (Integrated Development Environment). That are not documented so far. So, today I'll show you my recognition about shortcuts for Small Basic IDE. If you know other shortcuts...
  • Blog Post: Flags in Small Basic

    A word flag has a meaning of a variable which contains a logical value. But today, I'd like to introduce flag graphics drawn with Small Basic. I found three threads in Small Basic forum about following 15 flags. Creating programs to draw flags may be good practices for graphics. How about adding your...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic 1.0 Known Issues - Do we have them all?

    Hi! We're looking through the Small Basic 1.0 Known Issues: Known Issues about Microsoft Small Basic v1.0 Please let us know if we missed any (you can add them directly, comment here, or comment on the Wiki page). And also, please help us add in more descriptions so that we can know clearly...
  • Blog Post: How do you get a sound for your program?

    When you create programs such like games, how do you get sounds for them? One way is to use preset sounds in Small Basic. There are four preset sounds as follows. Bell Ring Chime Chimes Click Another way is to find free (or public domain) audio files. You can use Sound.Play()...
  • Blog Post: Join the Big Challenge project - Small Basic Marionette

    From today, the new Big Challenge started in Small Basic forum. Why don't you join this challenge? This thread is for a new group challenge dropped out from the Monthly Challenges. This challenge is intended for people who are learning to program together within a group using Small Basic. ...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic Game Programming - Air Hockey Game

    Both in Challenge of the Month - July 2013 and Challenge of the Month - July 2014 , the challenges of air hockey game was presented. Through this challenges, I wrote KLB414-4 for an year. [W] key and [S] key are for the player 1 (left side) to move the mallet, [O] key and [L] key are for the player 2...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic - Physics for Marionette Challenge

    A 'Big ' Challenge for groups of programmers has been created by Nonki. We are recruiting during August for development in September. In summary the challenge is to create a marionette puppet in Small Basic, here is an extract of the challenge: "create a marionette (or puppet) per group which...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Small Basic Guru Awards - July 2014 WINNERS!!!

    Nonki and I were the only contributors this month, but a special thanks go out to Nonki for really knocking it out of the park with a lot of fantastic articles! Small Basic Technical Guru - July 2014 Ed Price - MSFT Small Basic Survival Guide ...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic Game Programming - Shooting Game

    In Challenge of the Month - August 2013 , there were following two challenges. Game Challenge Write a DuckShoot game. Interface Challenge Write a fancy Game Opening screen for DuckShoot game - see above. At that time, I tried only opening. Today, I will introduce new DuckShoot game as...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic Game Programming - Vertical Scrolling Game

    I wrote an article about Vertical Scrolling Game. That was one of challenges of the month - May 2014. At that time, I made a vertical scrolling game named Turtle Dodger. Today, I'd like to introduce the new version of this program ( QZN342-4 ). Main The main part of this program calls four subroutines...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic Marionette - Sign up for the Big Challenge for September 2014!!!

    This thread is for recruiting contributors to a new group challenge that's coming from the Monthly Challenges, for September 2014. Group Challenge Apply in this thread to create a group (with two or more people) until Aug. 31. During the month of September, you'll create a marionette ...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic - How to read error messages

    Today's blog post comes from a section of the longer TechNet Wiki article: Small Basic: How to Debug by Nonki Takahashi Meaning of Error Messages There are two types of error messages given by Small Basic. One is compile errors. Another one is runtime errors. These messages help your development...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic Game Programming - Sugoroku like game

    This program is also from an article in Small Basic Forum Help with Small Basic program posted by Rahul Yedida . The question was " I am trying to make a Monopoly game in Small Basic TextWindow. I have declared the 2d arrays for the squares, chance and community chest. What should my game loop be like...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic Game Programming - Separation Between Data And Procedure

    Last week, I introduced a text adventure game. If I expand the game story of that manner as in the program, the program will have a lot of If statements and Goto statements. Today, I will introduce rewritten program with less If and Goto statements. The updated version is published as FCD758-1 , Main...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic Guru - June Winners: LitDev, Jibba Jabba, & Nonki Takahashi!!!

    Congrats to LitDev, Jibba Jabba, and Nonki! Great articles this month! Small Basic Technical Guru - June 2014 litdev Small Basic: Sprite Arrays Ed Price : "An important topic that's well described with fantastic examples! Great article!" Michiel...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic Game Programming - Text adventure

    Once I have answered a question in Small Basic Forum by Jeffrey SWHS about Text Adventure Game . At that time, I made a sample text adventure program. That program ( FCD758-0 ) is not completed. But I will explain about the program this time. And until the next time I'd like to refine and upgrade this...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic - Triangle Challenge

    One of this month's challenges was set by Nonki - "Draw a picture of a regular triangle" . Here are some of the solutions: By Athasak, QQK823 This answer was shown to not be an exact equilateral triangle by Nonki and have the side ratios below. Another by Athasak after some corrections...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic - Promoted in Portuguese!

    It's fantastic to see Small Basic enjoyed by the Portuguese community, so we're going to highlight two blog posts... Sexta-Feira - Atualização Internacional da Comunidade - Artigos sobre Small Basic From back in May, Hezequias highlighted some great Small Basic articles from...
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