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  • Blog Post: Compact Small Basic Explanation

    I am giving a small presentation and project proposal to my computer science class regarding Small Basic.The following is my cover description: Small Basic is a learner’s language meant for students ages 11-16, teaching the fundamental skills of programming, as well as laying groundwork concepts...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic Guru Awards - April 2015

    Looks like I was the lone champion for the Small Basic Guru Awards in April: Small Basic Technical Guru - April 2015 Ed Price - MSFT Programming Games with Small Basic: Chapter 6: Tic Tac Toe Program Michiel Van Hoorn : "This is probably one of...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic - File Tips

    Today I will introduce some tips about File object in Small Basic. File.LastError Have you ever used File.LastError? Following program is a sample using File.LastError. File.LastError property contains file error message from Windows system. Following is a sample code. GetPath ( ) While...
  • Blog Post: Turtle Maze versus Hangman - a case for seamless sharing.

    A lot of Small Basic programs use "Assets" in order to work, e.g. images, sound and text files. Key to Small Basic's effectiveness is our ability to share code and programs. At present the sharing of code is seamless but the sharing of programs may not be. To demonstrate the difference I use the...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic - New Line

    Today I'd like to introduce about new line (line break) codes of a multi-line text in Small Basic. There are three types of new line codes. CR+LF : used in Windows, MS-DOS CR (carriage return) : used in some cases LF (line feed) : used in Unix, Mac OS X Those codes can be defined...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic - Thar Be Dragons!!!

    Over in the May challenges from LitDev: https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/49548117-105e-4f79-b20f-709901f5784e/challenge-of-the-month-may-2015?forum=smallbasic I suggested some dragon games: Community Suggestion (By Ed Price) Write a Dragon Game. It can be any game where...
  • Blog Post: GraphicsWindow Basics - Small Basic Featured Article

    Check out this classic article from litdev : Small Basic: GraphicsWindow Basics Table of Contents GraphicsWindow Layers Layer 1 - Background Layer 2 - Drawings Layer 3 – Shapes and Controls Shapes Properties Moving Shapes Other Languages ...
  • Blog Post: Optimizing - Small Basic Featured Thread

    Today, I'd like to introduce a Small Basic forum thread about Optimizing written by Ezra94 . The following excerpt piqued my interest . . . . INTERVIEWER: How do you decide on the trade-offs between speed and performance? GATES: Sometimes it’s a trade-off between adding features...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic Challenges for May 2015 - Puzzles, Money, Capatcha, Files, & Dragons! Oh My!!!

    Thanks to litdev for leading another rousing month of 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 Small Basic. Some will be easy, some will be hard - but they will all make you...
  • Blog Post: RESPONSE REQUEST: Small Basic Gurus Please Connect with Internet of Thinkers (aka TNWiki)

    May the Thoughts be with you! Well, a small (and basic) nod there to Star Wars day, and we turn our thoughts to more the serious matter of ingesting the more valuable brain telemetry from and to our very own Internet of Thinkers! Connect to the real network, the world wide workers! Cut...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic: My Ongoing Projects

    Today, I'd like to introduce my ongoing Small Basic projects. Some of the projects have beta programs and some have only plans. 1. Another Turtle Graphics https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/4d730151-8ecb-493e-9c76-8bede94e3cf0/another-turtle-graphics?forum=smallbasic This project...
  • Blog Post: Kinect for Small Basic Quick Review

    Today I will write a quick review about Kinect for Small Basic. At first, I bought Xbox One Kinect Sensor and Kinect Adapter for Windows from Microsoft Store online. And I installed software for them along with instruction in a blog post "Kinect to Small Basic" in the CODING4FUN blog. I shared...
  • Blog Post: Help us prioritize your Small Basic 1.1 Known Issues (Bugs) and Feature Ideas!!!

    Thank you everyone for your feedback about Small Basic! First, you can check out the Microsoft Small Basic 1.1 Release Notes to see what's new in Small Basic! We've been gathering known issues and feature ideas from you here: Microsoft Small Basic v1.0: Known Issu e s . And now we want your...
  • Blog Post: Bien Débuter avec le Small Basic (fr-FR)

    Vous avez décidé d'apprendre le Small Basic, mais vous vous sentez un peu perdu ? Voici quelques liens et informations utiles pour vous aider. Références Tout d'abord voici les liens de référence sur le Small Basic qui vont seront toujours utiles: ...
  • Blog Post: Slot Machines - Small Basic Featured Program

    In LitDev's April Challenges: https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/3b975ffc-cbfd-407c-ab95-74912e57c65d/challenge-of-the-month-april-2015?forum=smallbasic We had the... Game Challenge Write a slot machine game - pull the handle, spin the wheels and win win win. Jibba Jabba...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic - Try out the New Kinect Extension!

    We're trying out a Kinect Extension! NOTE : This will also work with the Xbox One Kinect Sensor and the Windows adapter. Please give it a try and post your feedback below or in this Small Basic Forum thread . Note : This information is also available in the Coding4Fun blog on Channel 9 here...
  • Blog Post: Advanced Turtle Graphics - Small Basic Featured Program

    Today I will introduce an extended version of Turtle Graphics program written by qwx. This program is announced as comments in my blog post last week. Qwx's program was DMX970. Updated points from my XVK119-3 were: Shortened commands Colors Main repeat loop must be in the first line ...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic Guru Awards - March 2015

    We had a great month of Small Basic Guru articles for March! Here are our winners... Small Basic Technical Guru - March 2015 Philip Munts Small Basic and the Raspberry Pi Michiel Van Hoorn : "Wonderful idea and good write up. Would be cool so...
  • Blog Post: Avancement du Portail Small Basic Français (fr-FR)

    Bonjour à tous, Aujourd'hui la communauté française du Small Basic est heureuse de vous annoncer que le Portail Small Basic Français à une grande partie de ces articles référencés qui ont été traduits. Même si tous n'ont pas...
  • 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 is 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: Turtle Graphics - Small Basic Featured Program

    Today I will introduce my Turtle Graphics program written in Small Basic. This project was started in a forum thread "Another Turtle Graphics" on March 21, 2014. This project aimed to create a programming environment used before Small Basic. But the development of this Turtle Graphics program has...
  • Blog Post: Roulette - Small Basic Featured Program

    Today I'd like to introduce my Roulette program LNM164-3 . This is Roulette version 0.3b. I wrote previous version of this program for the Challenge of the Month - June 2013 . Today I rewrote this program to add ball animation. Have fun!
  • 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...
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