Features of Small Basic Array

Array in Small Basic has following features. associative array flexible length index is case-insensitive null value removes the index multiple dimension Associative Array In Small Basic, an index of an array does not have to be an integer number.  A text such like “id” can be used as an index.  Generally this kind of array…


Featured Small Basic Wiki Article: Read and Write CSV Files

Here is a classic article from Florian that examines how to use CSV files in Small Basic. Read the full article here: Small Basic: Read and Write CSV Files And here is an excerpt: =========================== What is CSV? Comma separated values (CSV) is a file format that is used to exchange data between programs. It…


Multitasking in Small Basic

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Screen shot of a program Macrophotography slides show with 2 music song in asynchrome LD mode

Key Point of Multitasking What is the difference between single tasking and multitasking? If two or more tasks work at the same time, some (hardware or software) resources should be shared among them.  The resources may be mouse, timer, variables, or object properties. LDCall Object in LitDev Extension There is a useful object LDCall in…


Small Basic has 2.4 Million Installations (plus 10 other factoids)

Here are some high-level basics about Small Basic: Head to SmallBasic.com to download Small Basic and get started! Small Basic is great for students, age 8 to 108! It is a custom concise language based on .NET, with only 14 keywords. It features IntelliSense® for beginners It features an Always-open Help pane It is Social:…


Small Basic – Synchronous and Asynchronous Type Operations

The challenge of this month has Multitasking Challenge.  In Small Basic, there are two types of operations.  One is synchronous type, the other is asynchronous type.  Most of operations are synchronous type that wait the operations done before starting the next step.  But some operations are asynchronous type that don’t wait the operations done. Asynchronous…


Hey Small Basic expert! Help us to help you and become globally known for being awesome at what you do!

September has finally arrived, traditionally a strong month for TechNet Guru contributions. Maybe it is because our professionals have returned from a well deserved Summer break refreshed and inspired? Maybe it’s because they have had some quality time to think of something good to contribute? Also it is common for this time of year to…


Small Basic Challenges of the Month – September 2016

Welcome to the September challenges, hosted by LitDev! Please jump in with your solutions in this forum thread: https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/07602dcd-a13d-4470-b59f-8aa55878af45/challenge-of-the-month-september-2016?forum=smallbasic   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 Small Basic.  Some will be easy, some will be…


Small Basic – Dice Programs

In the past challenges of the months, I made three dice programs.  Today I will introduce these programs. The first one was a development view of a die (MDB491) in April 2013. The second one was a 2-D dice program (MDB491-0) in December 2014. The last one is a 3-D version (KWD991-0) in September 2016….


GUEST BLOG + VIDEO: Installing & Running Microsoft Small Basic in Azure

This is a guest blog post from Deva [MSFT]. You can see Deva’s regular blog posts here:  https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/deva ============ Recently, i created a new Azure VM (virutal machine) in Azure DevTestLabs, tried burning my hands in installing Microsoft SmallBasic version 1.2. Here is the related video: So it works super fast. Now you’re good to…


The Small Basic Guru Awards – July 2016

The Small Basic Guru Awards celebrate the technical articles on TechNet, contributed from valued wiki authors like YOU! Each month, the contributions are scored by a panel of judges, and the winners of each category are showered with love and attention.    Small Basic Technical Guru – July 2016    Nonki Takahashi Small Basic: Sample Code Ed Price: “Very…