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    Graduating from Small Basic

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    You probably have heard of the "Graduate" feature introduced with the Small Basic v0.7. If you haven't - you should check it out - it allows you to convert any Small Basic program into an equivalent Visual Basic program, allowing you to gently ramp up...
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    Happy Birthday Small Basic

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    Marking the first year anniversary since it went public, we're announcing the 7th release of Small Basic CTP. This release adds localized support to four new languages, extending Small Basic's reach to Chinese, French, German, Italian, Korean, Russian...
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    Sample of the Week - SOko

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    This week's Small Basic sample of the week comes from kts99 who has written this beautiful game, SOko Cute. This is one of the first samples that make great use of the Shapes.Rotate and Shapes.Zoom APIs. You can check out this game in Small Basic by importing...
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    Collision Physics With Small Basic

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    LitDev is an expert in real-world physics programming, and he frequents the Small Basic forums providing answers to people's queries. One of his sample programs, the collision box, best demonstrates the expertise of LitDev and capabilities of Small Basic...
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    Now available: Small Basic v0.6

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    We have a new version of Small Basic for download at http://smallbasic.com . This release adds German localization on top of existing French, Spanish and Russian. Also, this release sports a lot of small bug-fixes and some most requested features:...
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    "Introducing Small Basic" manual available in German

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    Download from: http://download.microsoft.com/download/9/2/1/921D10C7-75C0-4395-93AF-49A830F4780E/Small Basic Einfuehrung.pdf
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    Star Gates: Sample of the Week

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    This week's sample is an adventure in Space - a game called Star Gates, developed by BigDaddyo . This exciting and fun game takes game programming in Small Basic to the next level - with amazing sound and graphics effects. You can find the program listing...
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    Sample of the week: Gorillas

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    About 20 years ago, Microsoft released MS-DOS 5, and with it shipped a programming language called QBASIC . One of the samples that came with QBASIC is GORILLAS.BAS . The game used real-world Physics to make players hit each other with... wait for it...
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    Small Basic, now in Russian

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    The Russian localized version of Small Basic went live today, as v0.5.1. No other change has been made and all the remaining functionality is the same as v0.5 (including English, French and Spanish). So, if you want Russian, go ahead and download Small...
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    Running localized versions of Small Basic

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    Have an English Operating System, but want to run the Spanish version of Small Basic? Yes, you can do that with your current installation - and you don't even have to install anything extra. In your Start Menu (or in your Run prompt), type %programfiles...
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    Color Picker

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    Color Picker by Suduadib is an example that shows the usage of arrays in Small Basic. You can import this program using the id: SGS247 . Program listing is available at: http://program.smallbasic.com/?SGS247
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    API Reference

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    The Small Basic API reference is now available at: http://doc.smallbasic.com/ . With v0.5, you can view the API reference in your choice of English, Spanish or French.
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    Arrays in Small Basic

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    With version 0.5, Small Basic implements native support for arrays. This is a significant change from how arrays were used in v0.4 and so I want to write about the syntax and the functionality of the new arrays. Any variable can be used as an array...
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    Spanish Documentation now live

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    You can now download the Spanish version of "Introduction to programming" guide from: http://download.microsoft.com/download/C/E/6/CE66B602-19F7-4FA6-A4D2-E06F8382A7B9/Introduccion a Small Basic.pdf Diviértete.
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    Small Basic V0.5 is here

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    Read more about it: http://blogs.msdn.com/smallbasic/archive/2009/06/16/the-newest-leanest-and-the-meanest-is-here.aspx Download: http://download.microsoft.com/download/C/A/F/CAF9E062-94D3-4003-80D9-44CDF7EC7BD9/SmallBasic.msi
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    The newest, leanest and the meanest is here!

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    The next installment of the Small Basic Community Previews is now available for download. Version v0.5 can be downloaded at: http://download.microsoft.com/download/C/A/F/CAF9E062-94D3-4003-80D9-44CDF7EC7BD9/SmallBasic.msi This version adds more of...
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    Asteroids v2

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    Following the success of Asteroids v1 , the community members have made interesting tweaks and improvements to the game, resulting in Asteroids v2. This version is available for import from your Small Basic IDE with id, ASTEROIDS . You can see the...
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    Asteroids

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    This week's sample is Asteroids, written by Jason Jacques . It's a really fun game with tons of parameters to tweak. You can download the program directly into Small Basic using the id QFL408 . The source code listing is also available at: http://smallbasic...
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    French Documentation is now available

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    The French version of "Introducing Small Basic" document is now available for download. Go get it here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=fr&FamilyID=61481b74-eb45-42b8-a777-8f3644406787 .
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    What's new in v0.4 of Small Basic?

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    Here's a complete list of what's changed in v0.4. As usual, the fixes and features are based on what the community has requested using the forums. So, if you would like to see something, feel free to drop a note at: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums...
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    v0.4 of Small Basic says "Bonjour"

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    Here it is, finally, the next installment of Small Basic CTP. Once again, the new v0.4 version comes with a lot of bug fixes, and a new "Timer" object that makes writing games easier. What really excites me with this release is that Small Basic is completely...
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    Sample of the week: Turn 'em Off

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    This week's sample is a "Lights Out" style game, developed by DanAwesome . The game can be imported using the Program id: VDK353. The source code listing is also available at: http://smallbasic.com/program/?VDK353 Here's a screenshot of the game...
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    Small Basic on Facebook

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    If you're on Facebook, check out the new group " Friends of Small Basic. " Feel free to join the group and spread the word.
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    Sample of the week: Super Pong

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    This week's sample is a two-dimensional version of Pong, with 4 paddles which makes it super fun! You can import this program in Small Basic by using the id: MDJ923 . You can also view the source code here: http://smallbasic.com/program/?MDJ923 ...
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    Learning Small Basic

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    Here's a cool blog post that teaches programming using Small Basic using a really nicely put-together video: http://wotudo.net/blogs/how2/archive/2009/02/16/intro-to-programming-microsoft-small-basic.aspx
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