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    Getting Johnny to Code (response to "Why Can't Johnny Code?")

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    Today's guest blogger is Coding Cat, Matthew Parets: Coding Cat's Profile Coding Cat is Matthew Parets, a Computer Science teacher, one that I would have loved to have had. You probably would too, after you read this blog post. Here is...
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    The Unique Features of the Small Basic Language

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    This blog post originates with the question in the Small Basic FAQ . We also wanted to give the community a chance to answer this question in depth in the TechNet Wiki article . What are the unique features of the Small Basic language? Imperative...
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    Small Basic Tutorial: A Simple Savings Calculator For Kids

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    Today, we have a special guest blogger, Philip Conrod ! He is sharing with us an excerpt from their book for kids, Beginning Microsoft Small Basic by Philip Conrod and Lou Tylee. You can find their books and other materials at the Computer Science For...
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    Small Basic - New TechNet Wiki Contest!!!

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    Small Basic is now on TechNet Wiki ! Thanks to Noah Buscher , we already have two Small Basic articles on TechNet Wiki: Small Basic How to Create a Small Basic Extension Thanks to Nonki Takahashi for translating them into Japanese already...
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    6 Lessons to learn Small Basic and graduate to Visual Basic!

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    Learn how to use Small Basic and to graduate to Visual Basic... in 6 steps! Lesson 1: Getting Started with Small Basic Lesson 1.1: Introduction to Small Basic - Estimated time to complete this sub-lesson: 30 minutes Lesson 1.2: Statements...
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    Small Basic Extensions Gallery

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    UPDATED 6/13/13 : Added Timo So's MoreOptions Extension. On 5/31/13: Added NaochanOn's Barcode Extension. ============================ The impossible goal is that this list will eventually contain every quality extension made for Small Basic...
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    1942 - Featured Small Basic Program

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    Today we're featuring 1942 - by Laurent20 . For better performance, play the game locally by going here . Or play it online here . It's amazing how far we've come, huh? I remember playing this in the arcade. Now, in my chair. Well great...
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    How to debug Small Basic programs

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    Today's guest blogger is Nonki Takahashi : About Nonki in his own words: I am an amateur programmer. I used to program with one of BASIC language on an 8-bit micro computer when I was a collage student. At 2010, I started to program...
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    What are the 14 Keywords of Small Basic?

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    In the Small Basic FAQ , it mentions there are 14 keywords: What are the unique features of the Small Basic language? Size The Small Basic language consists of just 14 keywords. ========== Of the 14 keywords, we'll cover 16 of them in...
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    Small Basic Program Gallery

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    9/3/13 UPDATE : Added Eora Duck Hunt. On 6/29: Added SBCraft. On 6/12: Added String Searcher. On 5/22: Added Abacus Beads, Chomper, Go Simulator, Minesweeper, Piano, and Shapes Editor. On 3/9: Added Basketball, Catch Game, Graph, LED Display, Metronome...
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    Small Basic - The 50 Line Challenge

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    From Coding Cat : Working on developing projects for my Intro to Programming class, I reminded myself of an article I read back in the early days of the PC. The article was in one of the first PC only magazines, and it was publishing the results...
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    Small Basic - The Physics Challenge (October Challenges)

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    Welcome to the monthly SmallBasic Challenge! 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 SmallBasic. Some will be easy, some will be hard - but...
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    Got ideas for the Small Basic blog?

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    Assuming you use Small Basic, of course. =^) We'll interview key community folks, we'll discuss Small Basic education, feature some programs, and enjoy some community conversations. What are your ideas? - Tall Basic Ed
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    This Week's Featured Program

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    It's that time again! This week's featured program is SPACE INVADERS! This fast-paced alien-killing game was created by NaochanON. This program works best when played locally, but you our can try it out in your browser below!
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    The Blog is Back!

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    Hello everyone! It is my pleasure to announce that with the help of Ed Price, the Small Basic blog is now back! I will be posting new Small Basic news, extensions, programs, and more! Please stay tuned!
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    Small Basic 1.0 is here!

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    After more than two years of pre-release versions of Small Basic, we are finally releasing the 1.0 version. Although we know that there a number of features we still haven’t implemented, we feel that Small Basic now has a solid set of the core features...
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    Small Basic v0.95 speaks another language!

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    Czech is now part of the Small Basic family and it is released for the first time in this latest version 0.95. We also updated some of the Korean strings after receiving some great feedback from one teacher from Korean. No functionality has been added...
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    Small Basic V0.91 is more international than ever!

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    With 3 more languages available, it was hard for us to hold them to the next version. So we have released version 0.91 to include Hebrew, Croatian and Iberian Portuguese. This brings the count of supported languages to 18! No functionality has been added...
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    Small Basic Tutorials

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    If you are looking for a self-paced learning or teaching Small Basic tutorial, check out http://www.computerscienceforkids.com/microsoft-small-basic . Phil Conrod has a passion for writing tutorials and books aimed at beginner programmers and he’s...
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    Teaching programming to kids

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    Lynn Langit and Llewellyn Falco are very active in the programming world, chasing their passion of teaching programming to kids.  They have been using Small Basic successfully, for over a year now, to introduce hundreds of kids to programming. ...
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    Small Basic V0.9 is here!

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    Marking the 300k download milestone, comes the 9th installment of Small Basic, the fastest and the best yet!  This version of Small Basic packs a ton of bug fixes, performance improvements and some of the most requested features.  Download the...
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    Tower of Hanoi

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    Alex , a 9 year old programmer from Russia has been learning programming using Small Basic , and has showcased his new learning by porting over the famous Tower of Hanoi to Small Basic.    You can check it out and play with it by importing...
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    Sorting Visualization in Small Basic

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    Zeven , a Small Basic forum er has created a very cool sample that visualizes different sorting algorithms.  It is neat to see and compare the efficiencies of the algorithms.  You can download the program directly on to your Small Basic IDE...
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    Optical Illusions

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    LitDev , a very active Small Basic Forum participant has started a thread with a bunch of Small Basic programs that illustrate fascinating optical illusions.  Here are some below – click on the link below the images and you can actually view them...
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    Small Basic – Now with SilverLight

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    One Program, Two Platforms! Did you know that with Small Basic v0.8 , you can write a program or a game and have it run identically on both your desktop and the browser?  This makes it super easy to share your games with your friends (even those...
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