Small Basic – Dudeson’s Smoke

Thinking back over some of the most innovative Small Basic contributors of the past brings to mind Dudeson. He came up with this very simple, but incredibly effective code for modelling smoke.  Here is a link to his first forum post for his Smoke Editor. Import PBH865 for the example below – there are several…

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History of Microsoft Small Basic – Featured Article

Congratulations to Nonki Takahashi for winning the Small Basic Technical Guru Gold Medal for April! Nonki’s cartoony self-portrait was made from a Paint-like program that he wrote himself, from Small Basic:   Here is his winning article: History of Microsoft Small Basic This is an interesting section from that article: Books Published 2010-07-01 Beginning Microsoft Small Basic…


How do you get an image for your program?

To create your program, you sometimes need appropriate images for example game characters.  You may find copyright free image from internet. But you can create images with some tools.  Today, I’d like to introduce these tools for creating images. 1. Paint This program is included in Windows and can create .png, .jpg, .bmp, and .gif format…


Small Basic – Database Extension

Over the years a few people have written simple databases in Small Basic saving data in a text file, then performing sorts or other operations on Small Basic arrays of data. There were a few recent questions on databases and sorting arrays as well as a challenge question on the Small Basic forum. Help with…

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Small Basic Guru Awards!! (April 2014)

Congratulations to Nonki, Nonki, and Nonki! =^) I tried to stop the triple threat! I’ll try again for May! Thanks again to Nonki for some fantastic contributions!   Post your MAY contributions here: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/24252.technet-guru-contributions-for-may-2014.aspx   And onto the winners!  Small Basic Technical Guru – April 2014     Nonki History of Microsoft Small Basic RZ: “This is very…


Calendar Program originally written in 1986 for F-BASIC and 8-bit micro computer FM-7

On Monday, Nonki posted What is your first Small Basic program? Based on this Small Basic forum post by Zock77 in February: post your First SB program!      So I checked this out… Nonki’s first Small Basic program is FMQ297.  He rewrote this calendar program for Small Basic v0.8.  The original version was written in 1986 for F-BASIC and 8-bit…


SideScroller – Small Basic Featured Program

Last month’s challenges had vertical scrollers and so this month I suggested a platform type game. Here is the challenge: Game Challenge We have had the vertical scrolling game last month, so now it’s the platform game.  The challenge is to have some stationary platforms at varying heights that the player can move along (Left…

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What is your first Small Basic program?

Following article in Small Basic Forum was written by Zock77 in this February.post your First SB program! I also would like to know your first program.  Write about your first Small Basic program into the article above! Following first programs are already listed in the article. TMM460 by Zock77 WKN528 by Jibba Jabba JQB268 by litdev FMQ297 by…


Why Johnny Can’t Code

Going back to the very first Small Basic blog post written in 2006 by the author of Small Basic, Vijaye Raji.  It was called Hello World and outlined what Small Basic was all about.  Vijaye says that he was inspired by an article he read called Why Johnny Can’t Code by David Brin. “It all…

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How Long should I use Small Basic before taking on a Big language?

 There’s always something to think about in the world of Small Basic and one topic likely to emerge is ‘How Long should I use Small Basic before taking on a Big language?’ It’s a subjective topic and certainly depends on the individual’s outlook and objectives. None the less the question was asked, thoughts were exchanged…

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