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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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    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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    Sample of this week: Snake Bite

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    Snake Bite is a game created by Davey Wavey , inspired by the SNAKE BITE game on the ZX81. Check out the program listing and an online playable version of this game at: http://smallbasic.com/program/?SNKBITE If you have Small Basic v0.8 , you can download...
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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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    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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    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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    Small Basic Tutorial: Creating Your First Program

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    Today we have a guest blogger: Noah Buscher ! Check out Noah's first tutorial... about your first Small Basic program. Small Basic is a .NET language created by Microsoft. It allows the beginner programmer to get started creating programs right...
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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 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 for Little Kids Series – Pong

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    It was a beautiful sunny weekend, and wife's mandate of father-son bonding was to be obeyed... So, after a bike ride, it's time for some coding. Small Basic, that is. My little boy has been bugging me about game programming. After some convincing,...
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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 – 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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    Sample of the Week: Bricks

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    This week's sample comes from Stendec , who has ported the classic Bricks game over to Small Basic. The program works on v0.3.1 and can be imported by using the code QRQ360. You can also see the listing of the source at: http://smallbasic.com/program...
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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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    Small Basic Featured Program - Turtle Maze

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    This is an image only... ( Click here to play the game .) Nonki updated this game on 12/3/12: http://smallbasic.com/program/?XHL585-5 What fun! You can only do a few things though... Click Next to change the maze. Click Start to watch...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Small Basic Interview - LitDev, Scottish MCC & Forum Moderation Ninja (Sinclair Spectrum, Small Basic, Fortran, C++, C#)

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    Today's Small Basic Interview is with LitDev! I've gotten a lot of requests to interview Steve, so here we are! He is a Microsoft Community Contributor (MCC). LitDev is the primary moderator of the Small Basic forums. He hosts the Challenges of the Month...
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    How to convert text into Binary

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    This fantastic chart comes from today's guest blogger, Liam McSherry . In Liam's words... ============================= If anyone wants to know how to convert text into a series of binary digits, I quickly made this little graphic. ...
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    Microsoft's History with BASIC (Altair 8800, TRS-80 Color Computer)

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    A Brief History of Small Basic Today, we have a 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. This section is available as part of Chapter 1...
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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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    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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