Small Basic – Fun, Simple, Social, Gradual

  Programming is Fun, again! Microsoft Small Basic puts the “fun” back into computer programming. With a friendly development environment that is very easy to master, it eases both kids and adults into the world of programming.   Simple Small Basic combines a friendly environment with a very simple language and a rich and engaging…


Are you the Small Basic Guru for June 2013???

Are you a technology guru? Show us your solutions and become the Small Basic Guru for June 2013   TechNet Wiki is looking for and celebrating the best of the best! Is that you? Do you consider yourself an expert or authority on Small Basic?   Show us your forum solutions and become MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY…


Barcode Extension for Small Basic

Last time, we discussed Does Small Basic support Extensions?  Well here’s an example!   Check out this new extension: Barcode Extension – by NaochanOn   From NaochanOn: I made an extension to make QRCode or Barcode. Converting engine is DotNetBarcode.dll. (this is free ware) Programs are here.  Use freely, and enjoy.       Enjoy!…


Does Small Basic support Extensions?

What is the extensibility story? Is Small Basic Extensible? The Small Basic compiler and the environment allow 3rd party Small Basic libraries to be plugged in to extend the possibilities of what you can do from within Small Basic.   Here is a list of the Small Basic Extensions: Small Basic Extensions Gallery   Would…


Naochan Pong – Small Basic Feature Game

I’m naming this after the creator, NaochanON. Play the game here:   rzd792   It’s a version of Pong, where you play against the computer, and then there’s a barrier in the middle that’s moving. Plus add the gameplay mechanic of the ball steadily speeding up and you have an addictive and challenging game! From…


Small Basic: Text Basics – Featured Article

Today’s featured TechNet Wiki article comes from LitDev… Find the latest and complete version of this article here, on TechNet Wiki: Small Basic: Text Basics   This article covers the basics of text manipulation in Small Basic using the Text object. Introduction Text is a series of characters, often called a string in computing.  A…


3D RayCaster Maze – Featured Small Basic Game

Check out this fantastic 3D real-time game (that runs online)…   3D Color RayCaster Maze – by Old Basic Coder   From the creator, Old Basic Coder… I made a “3D Maze” type program as an exercise. Had not programmed anything for about 25 years, fancied getting back into it, and downloaded the free version…


Small Basic learning camps at Main Stem Academy – Summer 2013

http://www.mainstemacademy.com/   Mark McDonald at Main Stem Academy is teaching Small Basic camps. Each camp is tutorial driven. Kids can join any time or go to the whole series. If they attend the whole series, they will be challenged with new tutorials and scenarios each week. They will use agile project management techniques. Kids will…


What are the unique features of the Small Basic language?

Originally written by the creator of Small Basic, Vijaye Raji… Here are the unique features of the Small Basic language: Imperative Just like the early variants of BASIC, Small Basic is imperative and doesn’t use or expose beginners to concepts like scopes, types, object orientation, etc. Size The Small Basic language consists of just 14…


What is the Best Programming Language to Learn?

Today’s guest blogger is Jibba Jabba (Rick Murphy)… Jibba Jabba’s Profile  About Rick Murphy… amateur programmer. Began with Small Basic in Dec 2012. Last job was as a kitchen supervisor for 8 years. Now taking a break. Like cooking, love programming. Rick wrote this great bit about what programming language you should learn… ===========================================      After…