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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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    Microsoft Small Basic Guru Award Winners! - May, 2014

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    The Small Basic Guru Awards celebrate the Small Basic articles on TechNet Wiki, contributed from valued wiki authors like YOU! Each month, the contributions are scored by a panel of judges (5 per category, 2-3 in each are MS experts), and the winners...
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    Tap into Small Basic Forum

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    When you are learning Small Basic programming, you may stack on your debugging. I recommend to utilize lots of resources about Small Basic as following steps. Search in TechNet Wiki. Small Basic Portal may help you. Search in Small Basic Forum...
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    Small Basic - About Monthly Challenges

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    This is a few thoughts from writing Small Basic forum monthly challenges for 3 years. Initially they started as weekly challenges, here is the first , which was in response to a discussion topic posted by Kirkkaf. However, the weekly setup was just...
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    Small Basic Getting Started Guide - Featured Article

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    New to Small Basic? Check out this Wiki article: Small Basic Getting Started Guide Get up-to-speed quickly and learn the basics of how to program using Small Basic by using the Getting Started Guide. Use the Getting Started...
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    WhTurner33's Small Basic Hourglass - Featured Program

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    In our June Community Challenges: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/bda60a7e-e9f5-4be3-bcac-e81d160b1fc7/challenge-of-the-month-june-2014?forum=smallbasic This was one of our challenges: Solution for Community Suggestions (by...
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    SBJump - Small Basic Featured Program

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    A platform game SBJump has been produced by Coding Cat through Challenge of the Month - May 2014. Coding Cat said "Lots of time spent polishing the look and feel of the game, and organizing the code so it is as easy to follow as possible". Updated...
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    Small Basic - Box2D Physics Extension

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    The LitDev extension includes the LDPhysics object. This is an interface to the excellent Box2D engine originally written by Erin Catto. Box2D is an open source library that is used in professional games like Angry Birds and many others . The Box2D...
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    The Small Basic category on TechNet Gallery

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    The Small Basic category/tag on TechNet Gallery is growing! You can see the items that have the most downloads here: http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/site/search?f%5B0%5D.Type=Tag&f%5B0%5D.Value=Small%20Basic&f%5B0%5D.Text=Small%20Basic&sortBy...
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    Small Basic Gurus: Your community needs heroes like you!

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    A little tongue-in-cheek, but here it goes... TechNet Gurus... we salute you! You're awesome, and we know it! Your knowledge uploads and nifty info nuggets are our life blood at TechNet Wiki. Every awesome article that gets an award is just...
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    Small Basic Challenges of the Month - June 2014

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    These monthly challenges come from our Small Basic Community Council member, litdev . 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 Small Basic...
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