Teaching Kids to Code – FREE classes in Jan 2010

Lynn Langit is an active proponent of Small Basic and has been responsible for changing thousands of students’ lives by teaching them programming.  She conducts regular classes to teach programming to anyone interested.  If you’re around in San Diego or Ivine, check out her blog post, http://blogs.msdn.com/socaldevgal/archive/2010/01/07/teaching-kids-to-code-free-classes-in-jan-2010.aspx for information on how you can attend these classes.


Small Basic Programs in 25 lines

Note: All the programs listed below can be downloaded directly into Small Basic.  Just import the programs using their published Id. What started as a fun challenge in our Small Basic Forums, quickly turned into a repository of very interesting programs, all conforming to a 25-line limit.  It is amazing to see enthusiastic participants come…


Graduating from Small Basic

You probably have heard of the “Graduate” feature introduced with the Small Basic v0.7.  If you haven’t – you should check it out – it allows you to convert any Small Basic program into an equivalent Visual Basic program, allowing you to gently ramp up to the full power of a professional programming language. Here’s…


Happy Birthday Small Basic

Marking the first year anniversary since it went public, we’re announcing the 7th release of Small Basic CTP.  This release adds localized support to four new languages, extending Small Basic’s reach to Chinese, French, German, Italian, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Turkish! In addition, this release sports a cool new feature called “Graduate”, that allows you…


Sample of the Week – SOko

This week’s Small Basic sample of the week comes from kts99 who has written this beautiful game, SOko Cute.  This is one of the first samples that make great use of the Shapes.Rotate and Shapes.Zoom APIs.  You can check out this game in Small Basic by importing program id: SOKO.  Program listing can be found at:…


Collision Physics With Small Basic

LitDev is an expert in real-world physics programming, and he frequents the Small Basic forums providing answers to people’s queries.  One of his sample programs, the collision box, best demonstrates the expertise of LitDev and capabilities of Small Basic. This program can be directly imported into Small Basic by using the ID: PMT149 The program provides…


Now available: Small Basic v0.6

We have a new version of Small Basic for download at http://smallbasic.com.  This release adds German localization on top of existing French, Spanish and Russian. Also, this release sports a lot of small bug-fixes and some most requested features: Updated the manual to include a chapter on Arrays  Added Zoom capabilities to Shape Added Arc Trigonometric operations…


Star Gates: Sample of the Week

This week’s sample is an adventure in Space – a game called Star Gates, developed by BigDaddyo.  This exciting and fun game takes game programming in Small Basic to the next level – with amazing sound and graphics effects.  You can find the program listing at: http://smallbasic.com/program/?STARGATES.  You can also download this program directly into…


Sample of the week: Gorillas

About 20 years ago, Microsoft released MS-DOS 5, and with it shipped a programming language called QBASIC.  One of the samples that came with QBASIC is GORILLAS.BAS.  The game used real-world Physics to make players hit each other with… wait for it… bananas.  Come on, what did you expect from a game where the players…