Small Basic Troubleshooting: Sound.Play doesn’t work on some versions of Windows 10

Issue: Sound.Play doesn’t work on some versions of Windows 10. Specifically, it is no longer working for WAV files and MP3 files. (But built in sounds work fine, such as Sound.PlayBellRing() ). Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Pro LTSB (Long Term Service Branch) editions do not include Windows Media Player.   If you are running Windows…

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Small Basic December 2016 Challenges of the Month!!!

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 hard – but they will all make you think, and more importantly be GREAT FUN! Please post your solutions /…

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Who will be crowned the last Small Basic Guru of 2016!!

Calling all wise men! And Wise Ladies! Join us and rejoice! THE FINAL SMALL BASIC WIKI CHALLENGE OF 2016!! December 2016 Guru, it’s time to share great skills as a TechNet Wiki article and WIN medal(s). Medals? Yes, you can share multiple articles in the same or different categories! Now, navigate to TechNet Guru Competition December 2016  to choose your categories…

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Microsoft Coding for Kids!!!

Did you know that Microsoft has had tools and programs for kids… for 8 years??? Well, consider yourself informed! Microsoft K-12 CS Tools 1. Small Basic – http://smallbasic.com/ Small Basic started in 2008! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Small_Basic You’re on the blog for Small Basic now: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/smallbasic/ Small Basic teaches actual text/syntax-based coding (the professional stuff), helping students take…

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Small Basic – Think about Textbox UX

Let’s think about textbox UI (user interface) or UX (user experience). Simple way to use textbox in Small Basic is using button to get text from the textbox.  The sample program ID is MDP504. By the way, pushing button is bothersome, isn’t it?  The next version is using Controls.TextTyped event to get the text.  The program…

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Small Basic – November Community Challenges: Guitar Chords, Drawing Freehand, & Subtractive Colors

Building off the November Challenges from LitDev: Small Basic Challenges of the Month (November 2016): Scrolling Text Banner, SB Logo, Turtle Mascot, Tic Tac Toe, and Checkers! We have challenges from the Community members as well!   Guitar chords https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/d57ffbe0-2698-4ee8-b813-71020efcf2b0/november-challenge-guitar-chords?forum=smallbasic Here is my suggestion for one of the November Challenges. To draw something like this: if…

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Learn Abstract and Concrete with Small Basic

I wrote some programs for learning abstract and concrete.  At first I made a subroutine Average().  This routine calculates (a + b) / 2.  The concept average is a special (concrete) case of a wider concept.  Secondly, I made a subroutine Intermediate().  The concept of this routine is wider and more abstract than Average().  Intermediate()…

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Calling all Small Basic Gurus. November readers need feeding!

“An influential teacher, or popular expert“ Oh mighty reader, we need your enlightenment! Only YOU can show us… the TRUE WAY to code! Win the dedication and adoration of generations to come, by giving something back to those less awesome. Show your technical prowess, and divine knowledge of your craft. Teach us good code from bad. Show…

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Small Basic Challenges of the Month (November 2016): Scrolling Text Banner, SB Logo, Turtle Mascot, Tic Tac Toe, and Checkers!

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 hard – but they will all make you think, and more importantly be GREAT FUN! Participate here: https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/e1b8c677-1592-41cf-b8b5-018ade0d728e/challenge-of-the-month-november-2016?forum=smallbasic Please post…

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