Who will be crowned the First Small Basic Guru of 2017!!

Maybe that title should end in question marks, like this… Who will be crowned the First Small Basic Guru of 2017?? Anyhoo… Time for a fresh start! [The Guru is the means of realisation. “There is no knowledge without a teacher.”] We’re looking for the first Gurus of 2017!! All you have to do is…

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Small Basic Challenges of the Month – January 2017 (featuring Johannes Kepler, Isaac Newton, and golf putting)

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 Small Basic.  Some will be easy, some will be hard – but they will all make you think, and more importantly be GREAT FUN! Please post your solutions /…

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Small Basic Troubleshooting: Sound.Play doesn’t work on some versions of Windows 10

Issue: Sound.Play doesn’t work on some versions of Windows 10. Specifically, it is no longer working for WAV files and MP3 files. (But built in sounds work fine, such as Sound.PlayBellRing() ). Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Pro LTSB (Long Term Service Branch) editions do not include Windows Media Player.   If you are running Windows…

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Small Basic December 2016 Challenges of the Month!!!

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 Small Basic.  Some will be easy, some will be hard – but they will all make you think, and more importantly be GREAT FUN! Please post your solutions /…

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Who will be crowned the last Small Basic Guru of 2016!!

Calling all wise men! And Wise Ladies! Join us and rejoice! THE FINAL SMALL BASIC WIKI CHALLENGE OF 2016!! December 2016 Guru, it’s time to share great skills as a TechNet Wiki article and WIN medal(s). Medals? Yes, you can share multiple articles in the same or different categories! Now, navigate to TechNet Guru Competition December 2016  to choose your categories…

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Microsoft Coding for Kids!!!

Did you know that Microsoft has had tools and programs for kids… for 8 years??? Well, consider yourself informed! Microsoft K-12 CS Tools 1. Small Basic – http://smallbasic.com/ Small Basic started in 2008! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Small_Basic You’re on the blog for Small Basic now: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/smallbasic/ Small Basic teaches actual text/syntax-based coding (the professional stuff), helping students take…

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Small Basic – November Community Challenges: Guitar Chords, Drawing Freehand, & Subtractive Colors

Building off the November Challenges from LitDev: Small Basic Challenges of the Month (November 2016): Scrolling Text Banner, SB Logo, Turtle Mascot, Tic Tac Toe, and Checkers! We have challenges from the Community members as well!   Guitar chords https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/d57ffbe0-2698-4ee8-b813-71020efcf2b0/november-challenge-guitar-chords?forum=smallbasic Here is my suggestion for one of the November Challenges. To draw something like this: if…

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Calling all Small Basic Gurus. November readers need feeding!

“An influential teacher, or popular expert“ Oh mighty reader, we need your enlightenment! Only YOU can show us… the TRUE WAY to code! Win the dedication and adoration of generations to come, by giving something back to those less awesome. Show your technical prowess, and divine knowledge of your craft. Teach us good code from bad. Show…

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Small Basic Challenges of the Month (November 2016): Scrolling Text Banner, SB Logo, Turtle Mascot, Tic Tac Toe, and Checkers!

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 Small Basic.  Some will be easy, some will be hard – but they will all make you think, and more importantly be GREAT FUN! Participate here: https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/e1b8c677-1592-41cf-b8b5-018ade0d728e/challenge-of-the-month-november-2016?forum=smallbasic Please post…

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Road to Small Basic 1.3 Blog #2 – New Mascots

Welcome to the road to Small Basic 1.3! Looking for a book about Small Basic? Check out the book I co-wrote for No Starch Press, “Learn to Program with Small Basic” (Amazon, My Blog About It) The journey to Small Basic 1.3 is a long road that’s several months off, but we’ll start updating you with…

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