Small Basic – November Guru Award Winners!!!

We had a few great articles in November! Let’s see what the judges thought!    Small Basic Technical Guru – November 2015     Ed Price – MSFT Small Basic: Using a Sentinel for Loop Control Michiel Van Hoorn: “Excellent post on using loops and an approach to use a Sentinel number. Great examples in coding principles” Peter…

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Small Basic 1.2 Released with Kinect Support and Bug Fixes

Michael Scherotter is a Media Experience Evangelist at Microsoft who works with media companies to help them build apps, works with 3D printer manufacturers to help them write drivers, and is part of the Small Basic development team who brought Kinect objects to Small Basic 1.2.  We are excited to announce that a new version…

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Help us prioritize your Small Basic 1.1 Known Issues (Bugs) and Feature Ideas!!!

Thank you everyone for your feedback about Small Basic! First, you can check out the Microsoft Small Basic 1.1 Release Notes to see what’s new in Small Basic! We’ve been gathering known issues and feature ideas from you here: Microsoft Small Basic v1.0: Known Issues.   And now we want your help prioritizing some of these Known Issues and…


Small Basic 1.1 is here!

Starting last year, we began the journey of continuing development on Microsoft Small Basic. It’s a new team assembled across Microsoft in a new world of devices and platforms. As you can imagine, we’re taking one step at a time. This is not a large step, but it’s an important step. Please join us in…


Small Basic – April Challenges! (no fooling)

A brand new set of challenges from litdev… 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 SmallBasic.  Some will be easy, some will be hard – but they will all make you think, and more importantly be GREAT FUN!…


Small Basic Program Gallery – Listed By Category

12/08/15 UPDATE: Oculus Rift Ball Bounce and Batting Practice (games), Database Sample and Wavelength to RGP Converter (Productivity), Clown: Parsed Pixels (Graphical), and Pendulum (Sciences). On 11/17/15: Small Block Builder and Triple Six (Games). On 10/21/15: Pendulum Clock 2 (Graphical). On 9/3/13: Eora Duck Hunt. On 8/31: Starfield Simulator 2 (Graphical). On 7/8: Walking Man (Graphical). On…

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Text to Binary Converter – Small Basic Featured Program

Ha! I saw an episode of “Big Bang Theory” where they were arguing over the binary translation of English (how many zeros and ones there should be). Amir had made a Decimal to Binary converter that I featured, and I mentioned that a text to binary converter would be pretty sweet.   Well now (through…


Small Basic TeamChallenge – Tower Defense Game

Small Basic community member Timo Sö had a winning idea: to start a TeamChallenge competition. The challenge was to create a “Tower Defense Game” in one week. They developed their games from 12/3/2010 to 12/10/2010. Here is Timo’s first Forum thread on the topic. Here are the teams:    1. Tank Rampage Team:  Math Man, Timo Sö, (3rd…

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Small Basic – Elementary & Middle Student Testimonials

Last Updated: 06/23/16 – Added the video of kids using and talking about Small Basic. 09/23/15: JCGarrido’s son, Adrian, age 12. 11/28/14: Der_Programmier, age 9. 10/21/13: Added Anne’s son. 8/25/13: Added Lisa M’s daughter, Amber. This blog post is a work in progress. It will grow as we collect testimonials. Please add to it by leaving comments below. Please…


6 Lessons to learn Small Basic and graduate to Visual Basic!

Learn how to use Small Basic and to graduate to Visual Basic… in 6 steps! Lesson 1: Getting Started with Small Basic Lesson 1.1: Introduction to Small Basic – Estimated time to complete this sub-lesson: 30 minutes Lesson 1.2: Statements, Properties, and Operations  – Estimated time to complete this sub-lesson: 1 hour Lesson 1.3: Variables…