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    Small Basic Comments

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    This is an excerpt from this great TechNet Wiki article: Small Basic: Programming Tips by litdev Comments A comment in Small Basic starts with an apostrophe ' and is highlighted in green. Anything after it is ignored to the end of the line...
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    Small Basic - How to read error messages

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    Today's blog post comes from a section of the longer TechNet Wiki article: Small Basic: How to Debug by Nonki Takahashi Meaning of Error Messages There are two types of error messages given by Small Basic. One is compile errors. Another one...
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    Small Basic Game Programming - Sugoroku like game

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    This program is also from an article in Small Basic Forum Help with Small Basic program posted by Rahul Yedida . The question was " I am trying to make a Monopoly game in Small Basic TextWindow. I have declared the 2d arrays for the squares, chance and...
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    Small Basic - Controls are Shapes

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    All of the Controls (Buttons, TextBoxes etc) that can be created with the Controls object can be manipulated with the Shapes object methods. This can create some fun effects and make your games or programs more visually interesting. Here is a simple...
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    Small Basic LitDev Extension -- Download Now from TechNet Gallery!!!

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    Small Basic LitDev Extension View LitDev's TechNet Gallery contributions View LitDev's Profile Download the LitDev Extension : Small Basic LitDev Extension It has loads of extra functionality with over 40 new objects and over 700...
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    Small Basic Survival Guide - Got anything to add?

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    I'm creating this survival guide: Small Basic Survival Guide A Survival Guide is a list of resource links that you can go to in addition to the existing TechNet Wiki articles. To see all of the TechNet Wiki articles, see Wiki: Small Basic Portal...
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    Small Basic Game Programming - Separation Between Data And Procedure

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    Last week, I introduced a text adventure game. If I expand the game story of that manner as in the program, the program will have a lot of If statements and Goto statements. Today, I will introduce rewritten program with less If and Goto statements. The...
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    Small Basic - Clearing Turtle Trails

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    With the current version of Small Basic, the trails left by the turtle cannot be easily cleared. We may want to remove the trails because we are starting the turtle off again and want a clear screen or if the number of trails is very large the program...
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    Small Basic Guru - June Winners: LitDev, Jibba Jabba, & Nonki Takahashi!!!

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    Congrats to LitDev, Jibba Jabba, and Nonki! Great articles this month! Small Basic Technical Guru - June 2014 litdev Small Basic: Sprite Arrays Ed Price : "An important topic that's well described...
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    Small Basic Game Programming - Text adventure

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    Once I have answered a question in Small Basic Forum by Jeffrey SWHS about Text Adventure Game . At that time, I made a sample text adventure program. That program ( FCD758-0 ) is not completed. But I will explain about the program this time. And until...
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    Small Basic - Triangle Challenge

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    One of this month's challenges was set by Nonki - "Draw a picture of a regular triangle" . Here are some of the solutions: By Athasak, QQK823 This answer was shown to not be an exact equilateral triangle by Nonki and have the side ratios below...
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    Small Basic - Promoted in Portuguese!

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    It's fantastic to see Small Basic enjoyed by the Portuguese community, so we're going to highlight two blog posts... Sexta-Feira - Atualização Internacional da Comunidade - Artigos sobre Small Basic From back in May, Hezequias...
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    Introducing Small Basics Monthly Challenge Statistics.

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    Today I’d like to introduce Small Basics Monthly Challenge Statistics. They are provided for anyone who’s interested in community traffic in the challenge forum threads. They are updateable, responsive to community demand and sourced from...
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    Small Basic Game Programming - Let's start with RPS game

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    I'm going to write about game programming in Small Basic for several weeks on this blog. For the first time, I'd like to pick up simple text base RPS (Rock-Paper-Scissors) game. Main loop This code is the main loop of this game. Lines 4-6 are...
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    Small Basic - Random Numbers

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    Random numbers can be very useful in your Small Basic games. They can be used to make the game play vary from one game to the next. The Small Basic keyword to get a random number is Math.GetRandomNumber(maxNumber) . It will return a random integer...
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    Small Basic - Resources for Game Programming

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    Microsoft Small Basic program language is for learning programming. If you've already understood programming, you may would like to start game programming. Today, I'd like to introduce some resources for game programming in Small Basic. TechNet Wiki...
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    Small Basic - Colors

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    You can set colors in Small Basic in 3 ways: Using pre-defined color names (e.g. GraphicsWindow.BrushColor = "Red" ) Using a Hex value code (e.g. GraphicsWindows.BrushColor = "#FF0000" ) Setting the Red, Green, Blue components (RGB) (e.g....
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    Why Microsoft Small Basic? Why not Scratch or Alice?

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    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...
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    Would you join the Small Basic team in the TechNet Guru World Cup???

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    The World Cup is here again! Sort of. We've got brains in our ball! And YOU have been selected to play on our team! Yes blog reader, step up and take a shot! Slam some techie tips in the back of our nets! No dribbling please, just...
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    Small Basic - Being Part of a Game Dev Team?

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    Today, I'd like to pick up a thread from Small Basic Forum. The title is " Being part of a game Dev team? ". This topic is raised by Zock77 with his first question: " Anyone around interested in being part of a game Dev team? Like something that...
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    Sprite Arrays - Featured Article

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    I recently wrote a TechNet Wiki article describing how to manage arrays of sprites in a game. For the full article see http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/24857.small-basic-sprite-arrays.aspx . The following is an excerpt...
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    LitDev's "Dynamic Graphics for Game Programming" - Small Basic Featured Article

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    This article from litdev is an introduction to graphical game programming using Small Basic. It includes the basics of program design, movement, user interaction with keys and mouse, collision detection and introduces some more advanced ideas at the end...
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    Small Basic and Office Suite

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    Today, I'd like to talk about the relationship between Microsoft Small Basic and Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint). Following articles are my samples. If you find more attractive collaboration between Small Basic and Office, please let me know...
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    Interview with a Small Basic Guru - Steve Todman (litdev)

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    We've interviewed litdev once here before. You can find that interview here: LitDev, Scottish MCC & Forum Moderation Ninja (Sinclair Spectrum, Small Basic, Fortran, C++, C#) But I also wanted to highlight an interview from Wiki Ninja, MCC...
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    Small Basic - Hammer and Nails

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    One of the great things about Small Basic is that you have to be imaginative to solve problems, since there is such a small set of commands. This makes it fun to use even when you have quite good programming skills - it is still a challenge to get it...
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