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…


Small Basic Curriculum

Learn all about Small Basic by using the curriculum. With the curriculum, you can lean Small Basic with separate lessons – just like you would in a classroom. You can download the curriculum, which includes PowerPoint decks to teach from. As a teacher or as a student learning Small Basic on your own, the curriculum…


Small Basic E-Books

Learn more about Small Basic and find detailed samples by reading sample chapters from one of three e-books that we are providing to you at no cost. If you like using the e-book format, we have links on each page to where you can purchase the complete e-book.   The Developer’s Reference Guide to Small…


Create a Metronome in Small Basic – Community Challenge

For our March Challenge of the Month… One of Nonki’s Community Challenges was… (d) Create a metronome.   And NaochanON created a great metronome! Click here to play with it: LWQ467-0   For fun, crank the pitch up to 195, and enjoy! You’d think the arm would fall off when going at that speed! The controls…

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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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Drawing Butterflies and Hearts… USING ONLY CODE – Small Basic Featured Programs

UPDATES: Added Nonki’s heart as Heart #3 on 2/13. Added Nonki’s butterfly as Butterfly #3 on 2/11. =========================== Check out our February Small Basic Coding Challenges from LitDev! Community challenges are from Math Man and Amir CPS.   Today we’re going to look at two challenges and two programs from each challenge…       Small…


How to convert text into Binary

This fantastic chart comes from today’s guest blogger, Liam McSherry. In Liam’s words… =============================   If anyone wants to know how to convert text into a series of binary digits, I quickly made this little graphic.   Note that this sort of system applies to all radices as a way of converting to them, with the divisor…


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 for Little Kids Series #02 – Loop

The single most important concept in programming is loop, I think.  And yet, it’s (usually) not an easy concept for kids to grasp. I remember when I was young, I had to struggle with the idea of loop and N=N+1. Back then, a loop in BASIC might look like this: 10 PRINT “123”20 GOTO 10…

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Christmas Trees – Small Basic Featured Programs

As part of LitDev’s December Challenges, Nonki suggested this Christmas Tree challenge: “Draw a Christmas tree – how about with flashing lights.” First here’s NaochanON’s version: Watch the program here. Just when you think nothing’s going to happen, something does! =^)   And now here’s Nonki’s version: Watch the program here. Nonki recommends that you run it locally….

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