Small Basic E-Books

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 e-book.


The Developer's Reference Guide to Small Basic

Beginning Microsoft Small Basic

Basic Computer Games Small Basic Edition


We're starting with these three ebooks from Phil Conrod. Let me know if you've written a Small Basic book and would like it featured like this.

See the latest/updated version of this article (list of ebooks) here:

Small Basic E-Books



   - Ninja Ed

Comments (18)
  1. Hello

    As we use many Small Basic, Microsoft will continue with the product.

    It depends on us.

    Here in Argentina is promoted much C # and VB.NET then

    Hopefully from this official blog will spread much more, this excellent language for beginners


  2. Thank you, Carlos! Please email me if you haven't. It would be great to get more Spanish articles about Small Basic up on TechNet Wiki so that the community can maintain them and add to them.…/default.aspx

    I don't think we have any Spanish articles up on Small Basic yet. Currently just English and Japanese, I think.


  3. anonymouscommenter says:

    It looks like the sample chapter actually a "chapter of code samples"?  

    We'd love to see actual book-writing too, but the website that sells it ( doesn't work.

  4. Rob, The third book is based on a classic of code samples.

    But really I need to update the links. Okay, I updated the links for the Developer's Reference Guide:…/16767.the-developers-reference-guide-to-small-basic.aspx

  5. You're right that the site is down right now. I'll contact Phil and ask.

    Thanks for finding that out!

  6. anonymouscommenter says:

    I sincerely apologize for the website problem.  Our Domain provider's renewal process was a little challenging for a few days but the website is back online now.  Enjoy!

  7. anonymouscommenter says:

    Hey Ed! I am trying to see if it would be possible to really strip down Minecraft and just be able to have a simple Block world where you could pick/place stuff. I sorta think Noah Buscher's attempt was sorta a good try but it failed really. You just run away from a zombie, and your character's just a face. Small BASIC might have the capacity (With possible libraries like a 2 or 3D library possibly) to create something like Minecraft. Anyone have there thoughts on this?

    P.S. I am a 12 year old that had taught myself Small BASIC and i'm teaching myself Javascript. Also Ed as a reply to your post on The Arrow Can See You blog post, Yes it is helping me and it wasn't very hard to learn at all. Even with me (Who had no previous experience), It is also very valuable I love programming now, and lastly it did bring me to learn another programming language (Javascript obviously due to me mentioning it earlier).


  8. anonymouscommenter says:

    As an add-on to my last post. I forgot to mention. I have a account (Github is a coding website). I am planning to store some of my projects on my account there. Check it out sometime! The Username is: CodeWizardKid1 Hope you enjoy!


  9. anonymouscommenter says:

    Oh come on people! No one replies to my posts!

  10. Yes, CodeWizard1, I added your quote to the Testimony page.

    I think it's possible to do a game like that. You can play around with some of the extensions and see what you come up with. If it's too challenging, you can build a team to help.


  11. anonymouscommenter says:

    I might do that. But right now I have like 20 ideas floating around in my mind right now. But i'll get to it.

    P.S. Where's the Testimony page?


  12. anonymouscommenter says:

    Just Read my Quote I like it! Thanks for adding it, and really before I learned SB I NEVER understood anything about programming. And that all changed one day when I stumbled upon this site…

  13. anonymouscommenter says:

    You can add that Quote too!

  14. anonymouscommenter says:

    You can add that quote to the Testimony page too!

  15. anonymouscommenter says:

    P.S. Call me Tim. But you can still call me CodeWizardKid1

  16. Tim/CodeWizard,

    I added the sentence to your testimony: "Before I learned Small Basic, I NEVER understood anything about programming. And that all changed one day when I stumbled upon this site."



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