Small Basic Monthly Challenges for November 2013

Thanks to LitDev for hosting the monthly challenges! 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!…

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Eora Duck Hunt – Small Basic Featured Game

New game in Jibba Jabba’s words:   It only runs locally, NOT in the browser. You can import using id  XCC705-1 Or here’s the browser link for a quick look, but it won’t run in the browser:  http://smallbasic.com/program/?XCC705-1 It’s called Eora Duck Hunt because that’s the Australian Aboriginal language group I belong to. It also…

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Small Basic for Little Kids Series – Pong

  It was a beautiful sunny weekend, and wife’s mandate of father-son bonding was to be obeyed…  So, after a bike ride, it’s time for some coding.  Small Basic, that is. My little boy has been bugging me about game programming.  After some convincing, he settled on Pong, not entirely sure what Pong is. Having in…


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…


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 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 – 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…