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  • 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: 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: 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: Why Johnny Can't Code

    Going back to the very first Small Basic blog post written in 2006 by the author of Small Basic, Vijaye Raji. It was called Hello World and outlined what Small Basic was all about. Vijaye says that he was inspired by an article he read called Why Johnny Can't Code by David Brin. " It all happened...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic Videos

    Today, I'd like to introduce my favourite videos about Small Basic. Have fun! 1. Developer Videos Expert to Expert: The Basics of SmallBasic Intro to "Small Basic" with Vijaye Raji 2. Demo Videos Small Basic Mini Paint Small Basic External I/O with Pokeys56U (Input) 3...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic: Reference Documentation - 21 ARTICLES!!!

    So this is actually more like a TOC of many articles: Small Basic: Reference Documentation Or you can click a Class or Object below to learn more about it! Welcome to the Small Basic Reference Documentation! Click an object to get started... Array Clock Controls Desktop...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic FAQ - Featured Article

    Find the latest and complete article here: Small Basic FAQ The original content comes from the Small Basic founder, Vijaye. Read these frequently asked questions (FAQ) to learn more about Small Basic and if it's the right program for you! What is Small Basic? Small Basic is a project...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic - Fun, Simple, Social, Gradual

    Programming is Fun, again! Mirosoft Small Basic puts the "fun" back into computer programming. With a friendly development environment that is very easy to master, it eases both kids and adults into the world of programming. Simple Small Basic combines a friendly environment with a very simple...
  • Blog Post: What are the unique features of the Small Basic language?

    Originally written by the creator of Small Basic, Vijaye Raji... Here are the unique features of the Small Basic language: Imperative Just like the early variants of BASIC, Small Basic is imperative and doesn't use or expose beginners to concepts like scopes, types, object orientation, etc....
  • Blog Post: How is Small Basic different from QBASIC and VB.Net?

    The answer comes from the creator of Small Basic, Vijaye Raji... How is Small Basic different from QBASIC? Unlike QBASIC, Small Basic is based on .Net and can consume (not produce) "Objects". It supports distinct Operations, Properties and Events. It doesn't have GOSUB :) From...
  • Blog Post: Why does Small Basic exist?

    We've spoken to college students about Small Basic in the past and I've heard Small Basic explained and presented. That led me to realize that we need a short and concise explanation for the existence of Small Basic... Small Basic exists to help students as young as age eight learn the foundations...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic and the "Goto" keyword

    For the past 40 years, there have been on-going debates in the programming world about the utility and usage of the keyword, Goto. While it’s been generally accepted that uncontrolled (no pun here) usage of Goto leads to unmanageable and spaghetti code, many, including Donald Knuth, believe that Goto...
  • Blog Post: Hello World

    Welcome to Small Basic Blogs! After being in part-time development for nearly a year, Small Basic is finally out, and I'm excited to see where this will go from here! History It all happened in August of last year when someone sent me a pointer to the article Why Johnny Can't Code and it got...
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