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    Small Basic Program Gallery - Listed By Category

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    9/3/13 UPDATE : Added Eora Duck Hunt. On 8/31: Starfield Simulator 2 (Graphical). On 7/8: Walking Man (Graphical). On 6/29: Added SBCraft (Games). On 6/12: Added String Searcher. On 5/26: Added Basketball Science, Darts (Games), and Collision Physics...
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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 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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    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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    Announcing v0.3 again!

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    For some reason, my previous announcement didn't hit the front-page. Here it is again! http://blogs.msdn.com/smallbasic/archive/2009/02/10/microsoft-small-basic-v0-3-is-here.aspx
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    Small Basic Programs in 25 lines

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    Note: All the programs listed below can be downloaded directly into Small Basic.  Just import the programs using their published Id. What started as a fun challenge in our Small Basic Forums , quickly turned into a repository of very interesting...
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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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    Small Basic Game Gallery

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    This is an exhaustive list of the Small Basic games coming from our community of developers! Small Basic Games Action Basketball - by NaochanON Basketball Science - by Nonki Takahashi Block Smasher V2 ( info ) by Behnam Azizi Brick...
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    Hello World

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    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...
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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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    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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    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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    Extending Small Basic

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    The Small Basic compiler is designed to allow external libraries to be plugged in that enable it to be extended in interesting ways. These libraries can be built using any .Net based language and compiled to a .Net assembly. There are a few rules that...
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    Snake in Small Basic

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    This week's featured sample is the arcade classic Snake! And it comes from PlayDeez , who has also written other interesting Small Basic games (check out the Small Basic forums for more such hotness.) Here's the screenshot, followed by the source listing...
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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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    Tetris - Sample of the Week

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    Sample of this week is Small Basic Tetris, ported by Kenneth Kasajian . In all, the program is just about 530 lines long, and is listed after the screenshot. GraphicsWindow.KeyDown = HandleKey GraphicsWindow.BackgroundColor = GraphicsWindow...
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    Code Gallery for Small Basic

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    I've just created a code gallery page for Small Basic (now with a Wiki). Check it out: http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/smallbasic . In addition to a new link to Small Basic API reference, you can also find information about the upcoming release there...
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    Small Basic - Elementary & Middle Student Testimonials

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    Last Updated: 10/21/13 - Anne's son . 8/25/13: Added Lisa M's daughter, Amber. On 6/20/13: Added 8Bit Pony . On 6/10: Added Michelle P's son, Heather H's son, and Jalynn P's kid. On 5/27: Added Leslie E's son , Eddie D's daughter and Linda B's son . On...
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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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    Small Basic is FREE!!!

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    Yeah, it's free. Give yourself a gift. Or give a kid a future in computer software that they might not otherwise have. Just click: What is Small Basic? Well... Small Basic is Fun, Simple, Social, & Gradual. And these resources will guide...
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    Microsoft Small Basic v0.3 is here

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    The next iteration in Microsoft Small Basic's pre-release cycle is here. Once again, we've taken feedback from the community and are giving you what you asked for. So, don't forget to request your favorite feature in our forums ( http://social.msdn.microsoft...
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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 v0.8

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    The eigth and newest installment of Small Basic is now available for download! Check it out here (If the link gives you a previous version, please refresh your browser's cache and try again.) This release features: Addition of details about your published...
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    Sample of the Week

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    This week's featured sample of the week comes from mcleod_ideafix . This is a fun little point and shoot game, involving the Turtle in a clever way. 'Point-and-shoot '(C)1989 McLeod/IdeaFix. http://www.zxprojects.com 'Target size TargetSize...
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    New home for Microsoft Small Basic

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    We’re pleased to announce that, after a great year of feedback and updates on Microsoft DevLabs , Small Basic has completed its early incubation period and is moving to a more permanent home at the Microsoft Beginner Developer Learning Center . ...
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