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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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…


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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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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Microsoft’s History with BASIC (Altair 8800, TRS-80 Color Computer)

A Brief History of Small Basic Today, we have a guest blogger, Philip Conrod! He is sharing with us an excerpt from their book for kids, Beginning Microsoft Small Basic by Philip Conrod and Lou Tylee. This section is available as part of Chapter 1 of “Beginning Microsoft Small Basic”. You can find their books…

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Small Basic Interview – Liam McSherry (C#, C++, D, & Small Basic)

Welcome to our first interview where we interview folks from the Small Basic community! We’re starting with the winner of our contest to write Small Basic articles on TechNet Wiki. Liam’s Profile   Who are you, where are you, and what do you do? What programming languages do you use? Well, my name is Liam…

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Small Basic Tutorial: Creating Your First Program

Today we have a guest blogger: Noah Buscher! Check out Noah’s first tutorial… about your first Small Basic program.   Small Basic is a .NET language created by Microsoft. It allows the beginner programmer to get started creating programs right away, and does not confuse the beginner with the numerous controls found in Visual Basic…

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Small Basic Featured Program – Turtle Maze

This is an image only… (Click here to play the game.) Nonki updated this game on 12/3/12: http://smallbasic.com/program/?XHL585-5 What fun! You can only do a few things though… Click Next to change the maze. Click Start to watch the Turtle go crazy as he turns left as his strategy to beat the maze. Crazy turtle!…

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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…