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    Small Basic and the "Goto" keyword

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    For the past 40 years, there have been on-going debates in the programming world about the utility and usage of the keyword, Goto. While it’s been generally accepted that uncontrolled (no pun here) usage of Goto leads to unmanageable and spaghetti code...
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    Small Basic E-Books

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    Learn more about Small Basic and find detailed samples by reading sample chapters from one of three e-books that we are providing to you at no cost. If you like using the e-book format, we have links on each page to where you can purchase the complete...
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    Using Command Line Arguments

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    The Arguments object in the standard library allows you to work with Command Line Arguments from inside a Small Basic program. The Arguments object includes a Count property that gives the total number of arguments passed to the program, and a GetArgument...
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    The newest, leanest and the meanest is here!

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    The next installment of the Small Basic Community Previews is now available for download. Version v0.5 can be downloaded at: http://download.microsoft.com/download/C/A/F/CAF9E062-94D3-4003-80D9-44CDF7EC7BD9/SmallBasic.msi This version adds more of...
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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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    Graduating from Small Basic

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    You probably have heard of the "Graduate" feature introduced with the Small Basic v0.7. If you haven't - you should check it out - it allows you to convert any Small Basic program into an equivalent Visual Basic program, allowing you to gently ramp up...
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    The Turtle says Happy New Year

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    Check out http://bluewatersoft.cocolog-nifty.com/blog/2009/01/post-ffce.html
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    Small Basic Monthly Challenges for November 2013

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    Thanks to LitDev for hosting the monthly challenges! 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...
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    Small Basic Interview - Liam McSherry (C#, C++, D, & Small Basic)

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    Welcome to our first interview where we interview folks from the Small Basic community! We're starting with the winner of our contest to write Small Basic articles on TechNet Wiki. Liam's Profile Who are you, where are you, and what do you...
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    v0.4 of Small Basic says "Bonjour"

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    Here it is, finally, the next installment of Small Basic CTP. Once again, the new v0.4 version comes with a lot of bug fixes, and a new "Timer" object that makes writing games easier. What really excites me with this release is that Small Basic is completely...
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    Click the Button - Small Basic Featured Program

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    Today's featured program is Click the Button . Gah! I edited it and lost the embed. I can't get it back. Here's an image of the program: Today's featured program is "Click the Button" by Timo Sö . It's very challenging. How far can you...
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    Sample of the Week, II

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    This week's featured sample comes from Jeff Sidlosky . It is a star field simulation - you know the one where it appears like you're moving fast through space, with stars whizzing past you. ' Star-field simulation Initialize() Main() Sub Initialize...
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    Text to Binary Converter - Small Basic Featured Program

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    Ha! I saw an episode of "Big Bang Theory" where they were arguing over the binary translation of English (how many zeros and ones there should be). Amir had made a Decimal to Binary converter that I featured , and I mentioned that a text to binary...
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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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    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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    Christmas Trees - Small Basic Featured Programs

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    As part of LitDev's December Challenges , Nonki suggested this Christmas Tree challenge: "Draw a Christmas tree - how about with flashing lights." First here's NaochanON 's version: Watch the program here . Just when you think nothing's...
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    Drawing Butterflies and Hearts... USING ONLY CODE - Small Basic Featured Programs

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    UPDATES : Added Nonki's heart as Heart #3 on 2/13. Added Nonki's butterfly as Butterfly #3 on 2/11. =========================== Check out our February Small Basic Coding Challenges from LitDev! Community challenges are from Math Man and Amir CPS...
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    API Reference

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    The Small Basic API reference is now available at: http://doc.smallbasic.com/ . With v0.5, you can view the API reference in your choice of English, Spanish or French.
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    "Introducing Small Basic" manual available in German

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    Download from: http://download.microsoft.com/download/9/2/1/921D10C7-75C0-4395-93AF-49A830F4780E/Small Basic Einfuehrung.pdf
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    Windows Forms I/O Extension for Small Basic

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    Note - They took down this project. Gungan's working on a new version. New features/changes to the Web Forms in version 2.0: Chart control Changed the class's name to "Forms" instead of "WindowsFormsForSmallBasic". There is an updated sample...
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    Eora Duck Hunt - Small Basic Featured Game

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    New game in Jibba Jabba's words: It only runs locally, NOT in the browser. You can import using id XCC705-1 Or here's the browser link for a quick look, but it won't run in the browser: http://smallbasic.com/program/?XCC705-1 It's called Eora...
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    Small Basic for Little Kids Series #02 – Loop

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    The single most important concept in programming is loop, I think. And yet, it's (usually) not an easy concept for kids to grasp. I remember when I was young, I had to struggle with the idea of loop and N=N+1. Back then, a loop in BASIC might look...
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    Small Basic - Fun, Simple, Social, Gradual

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    Programming is Fun, again! Mirosoft Small Basic puts the "fun" back into computer programming. With a friendly development environment that is very easy to master, it eases both kids and adults into the world of programming. Simple Small Basic...
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    3D RayCaster Maze - Featured Small Basic Game

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    Check out this fantastic 3D real-time game (that runs online)... 3D Color RayCaster Maze - by Old Basic Coder From the creator, Old Basic Coder... I made a "3D Maze" type program as an exercise. Had not programmed anything for about 25...
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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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