Small Basic – Beginner Programming Language

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Small Basic – New Beginner Programing Language

Microsoft appears to be supporting a somewhat newer programming language called SmallBasic. As the name implies it is not a full-featured language like VB.NET or C++/C#. In fact, it appears to only support 15 or so Keywords. But it does get access to version 3.5 of the Dot .NET Framework from what I have gathered. And looks like it uses alot of the VB based syntax, although C# syntax might be used but I am not sure. There are some game source codes like Tetris and Snake that uses the Small-Basic language. Below are some resources you can check out if your interested. I will also place the main Small Basic link on the Free IDE/Compiler Downloads page when I get time.


MSDN Microsoft Forward Explanation

Small Basic is a project that’s aimed at bringing “fun” back to programming. By providing a small and easy to learn programming language in a friendly and inviting development environment, Small Basic makes programming a breeze. Ideal for kids and adults alike, Small Basic helps beginners take the first step into the wonderful world of programming.

  • Small Basic derives its inspiration from the original BASIC programming language, and is based on the Microsoft .Net platform. It is really small with just 15 keywords and uses minimal concepts to keep the barrier to entry as low as possible.
  • The Small Basic development environment is simple, yet provides powerful modern environment features like Intellisense™ and instant context sensitive help.
  • Small Basic allows third-party libraries to be plugged in with ease, making it possible for the community to extend the experience in fun and interesting ways.

Main Resources Links

 

Main Small basic DevLabs Page – Click Here

   

Main Small-Basic MSDN/Microsoft Page – Click Here

   

Small Basic Program IDE Setup – Click Here

   

API Reference for Small Basic – Click Here

   

Small Basic MSDN Forums/Threads – Click Here

   

PDF for Getting Started – Click Here


Game Examples

Tetris Example: This game is based on Small Basic and uses about 530 lines of code. It looks like a well-done, completed game. Click Here

Snake Game Example: If you are interested in a Snake type game, there is a example that of course uses SmallBasic. Click Here


Thats all for now. If your interested then hopefully this page will help someone to get started in the Windows based programming world… Have Fun!

Jason

5 thoughts on “Small Basic – Beginner Programming Language

  1. Andrew Cook

    I was downloading small basic on to my laptop, and it says that small basic has stopped working. I have had this problem before, downloading other things, but i was told to download ATI drivers, and it worked. I was wondering if i had to down load something else for small basic to work as well. BY the way, i have windows vista

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  2. Jon Shepherd

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  3. arashi

    i don’t have an idea on how to create a visual basic library system, it’s actually my project for pre-finals. ah also I don’t know how to use the ADO and manage the database.

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  4. chivas

    i dont have any idea about small basic but i know how to create a simple game in small basic….actually small basic is very interesting….

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