Visual Studio Code – All the Git Features!!!

Visual Studio Code supports Git… like a BOSS!!! VS Code gets Git!   Let’s look at the features! Git version control Commit, diff, pull and push Embrace modern workflows with the power and flexibility of Git. See changed files, diffs, and make commits right from within the editor. Connect with the entire Git universe by…


Visual Studio Code – NEW FEATURES: 3 Big Improvements (File Picker, Fuzzy Search, & Persisted Zoom Level)

The 0.10.5 December release features a plethora of improvements, including… File Picker improvements and fuzzy search The file picker (“Quick Open”) is now able to search on file paths when you include slash (Mac/Linux) or backslash (Windows) in the search term. This allows you to list all the files of a directory easily. A new…


Visual Studio Code – NEW FEATURES: 4 Language Improvements (JavaScript, TypeScript, JSX, & TSX)

The 0.10.5 December release features a plethora of improvements, including… ES6 is the new default We have made ES6 the default for JavaScript files. This means you don’t need to create jsconfig.jsonfiles to enable new syntax and by default you get suggestions for ES6-types, like Promise, Set, Map,String.startsWith and much more. Thanks to a community contribution. At the same time, the…


Small Basic: Turtle Polygon Patterns

Here is a gallery of some of our favorite patterns made with the Turtle object in Small Basic!   This first Turtle pattern comes from litdev: Turtle.Speed = 10 For i = 1 To 600 Turtle.Move(10) Turtle.Turn(i*11) EndFor   Next, here’s an interesting shape from Zock77: Import code: FFB727   As a bit of a…


The History of the For Loop

As everybody knows (or should if they don’t), a For Loop is a statement in programming languages that allow you to iterate (repeat) a body of statements. That’s what a loop is (repeating a body of statements). There are three common loops: For Loop, While Loop, and GoTo Loop. Some folks don’t like GoTo loops…


Small Basic Turtle Games & Graphics

Don’t know how the turtle craze got started? Well read this: Small Basic: The History of the Logo Turtle Then come back here. You back? Good…   Hey, do you know how to use the turtle? No? Well read these: Small Basic Reference Documentation: Turtle Object Small Basic Curriculum: Lesson 2.2: Turtle Graphics Small Basic…


NEW WHITEPAPER: Using Power BI in a Hybrid Environment

Summary: Many organizations are taking advantage of the benefits of cloud computing such as lower capital expenditures and increased agility, while still maintaining data in on-premises data stores. This paper describes best practices for security, networking, and component architecture for building a hybrid business intelligence (BI) environment by using a combination of Microsoft Office 365,…


Good Comments and Bad Ones

This is Day 5 of 30 Days of Small Basic Part 1.   Different languages use different methods to block off code comments. Here are three different syntaxes of code commenting: <!– Code Commenting to give a section title –> // Code commenting, usually after a statement on that same line ‘ Code commenting, usually after…


The Hunger Board Games

We’re looking at some crazy ideas for community challenges in the Small Basic forums: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/smallbasic/threads/   So what about Hunger Board Games? What would that look like?   I think it would be an interesting group project (usually they are individual projects). But a group could team together to program a silly board game like…


NEW FREE eBook – Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2014 (+ Power BI)

Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2014 By Ross Mistry and Stacia Misner April 2014 125 pages   In this book, the authors explain how SQL Server 2014 incorporates in-memory technology to boost performance in online transactional processing (OLTP) and data-warehouse solutions. They also describe how it eases the transition from on-premises solutions to the cloud with…