Book Info + Reviews: “The Developer’s Reference Guide to Microsoft Small Basic” by Philip Conrod & Lou Tylee

Several years ago Philip Conrod and Lou Tylee teamed up together to write and publish The Developer’s Reference Guide to Microsoft Small Basic.  Kidware Software has actually published seven Small Basic programming tutorial textbooks.   I will be posting a book review for each of them over the next several months during our “Learn Small Basic…


Beginning Microsoft Small Basic - Review by Janelle N & her son (age 10)

It’s time for a guest blogger! Today’s guest blogger is JannelleN and her 10 year old son. Let’s get to it… =========================== I love exposing my children to different activities and experiences. A wide range of exposure helps them explore and discover their God-given talents and passions. Like many kids his age, my oldest son LOVES…

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Beginning Microsoft Small Basic - Review by Tere S & her son (age 12)

It’s time for a guest blogger! Today’s guest blogger is Tere S and her 12-year old son. Let’s get to it… =========================== I believe that in today’s computer-savvy world, if you are familiar with computer programming languages, you are sure to have an edge in the job market after graduation from college. The earlier you begin learning…

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Small Basic Guru Awards - April 2015

Looks like I was the lone champion for the Small Basic Guru Awards in April:    Small Basic Technical Guru – April 2015     Ed Price – MSFT Programming Games with Small Basic: Chapter 6: Tic Tac Toe Program Michiel Van Hoorn: “This is probably one of the best end-to-end tutorials for programming a simple (but well…


Small Basic at the April 2015 TEALS Computer Science Field Trip

I just found our blog post from last year, and it had the same name as this year’s blog post: Small Basic at the April 2014 TEALS Computer Science Student Field Trip   Great minds think alike… mine and, mine, I guess. Well, at the 2015 TEALS Field Trip: http://www.tealsk12.org/events/y2015/fieldtrip/redmond/   We visited with over 1,000…

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Small Basic for Kids - Featured Small Basic Book! - Ages 10-12

We’re featuring another Small Basic book from Philip Conrod and Lou Tylee! Learn more about the book here. ​​  SMALL BASIC FOR KIDS​ In the 1980’s, there was a series of books aimed at teaching kids how to use the Basic programming language.  Titles like “Kids and the Apple II”, “Kids and the Commodore 64,” and  “Kids and…

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Small Basic - Resources for Game Programming

Microsoft Small Basic program language is for learning programming.  If you’ve already understood programming, you may would like to start game programming.  Today, I’d like to introduce some resources for game programming in Small Basic. TechNet Wiki Articles Small Basic: Dynamic Graphics – shows about collision. Small Basic: How to Make a Turtle Maze Game – is…


Microsoft Small Basic Guru Award Winners! - May, 2014

The Small Basic Guru Awards celebrate the Small Basic articles on TechNet Wiki, contributed from valued wiki authors like YOU! Each month, the contributions are scored by a panel of judges (5 per category, 2-3 in each are MS experts), and the winners of each category are showered with love and attention from all corners of TechNet and MSDN!…

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Small Basic at the April 2014 TEALS Computer Science Student Field Trip

We were there! But we weren’t alone… There were 1,200 JH and HS kids there! Here we are at our Small Basic booth… Li Xin (left), I, and Philip Conrod (right) led the Small Basic booth, giving demos and presenting Small Basic to all the kids (and to their teachers and the other booth commanders)….

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A Brief History of BASIC

The BASIC language was developed in the early 1960’s at Dartmouth College as a device for teaching programming to “ordinary” people. There is a reason it’s called BASIC: B (Beginner’s)A (All-Purpose)S (Symbolic)I (Instruction)C (Code) When time-sharing systems were introduced in the 1960’s, BASIC was the language of choice. Many of the first computer simulation games (Star Trek, for example) were…

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