Starting up the Summer with a little Small Basic
With the summer upon us for our Monday posts, I think we're going to less Visual Studio extension stuff and more game stuff and/or "oh my god, my kids are making me crazy, give me something that will keep them busy!" stuff.
To kick this off, we're revisiting Small Basic. We've mentioned it before, There's nothing small or basic about this map on becoming a "Dev" and good coder using Small Basic, yet today we're going to take a step back and give you a higher level view and a ton of links from Nonki Takahashi to get you started...
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 about making game using Turtle.
- Small Basic Sample: GameGraphics - is a sample code using Shapes, Images, Arrays, Mouse and Keyboard control.
- Small Basic: Sprite Arrays - shows how to move images in games.
- Small Basic Game Gallery - contains many Small Basic games.
- Vertical Scrolling Games - is about simple games written in Small Basic.
- SideScroller - Small Basic Featured Program - is about another scrolling game.
- How do you get an image for your program? - is for creating images.
- Being part of a game Dev team? - invites you to join a game development team.
All these books are written by Philip Conrod and Lou Tylee.
- Computer Bible Games for Small Basic
- Programming Games with Small Basic
- Computer Bible Games for Small Basic (Color Edition)
- How to Make a Simple Game using Small Basic - shows making of text base number game.
- Flappy Bird Gameplay - demo
- Armoured Assault gameplay - demo
- MS Small Basic chess - demo
- Making a tictactoe game in small basic - shows making of tic-tac-toe game using an extension.
Popular Small Basic Games
What is Small Basic? (About Small Basic)
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.
Small Basic combines a friendly environment with a very simple language and a rich and engaging set of libraries to make your programs and games pop. In a matter of few lines of code, you will be well on your way to creating your very own game!
With a new and revolutionary IntelliSense®, Small Basic makes writing code a breeze.
Share your programs with your friends; let them import your published programs and run them on their computer. Using the Silverlight player, you can even post your games on your blogs and websites for them to play your creations in the browser.
Learn the programming concepts starting with the fundamentals and move your way up. Small Basic is based on .NET and what you learn here could be easily applied to other .NET programming languages like Visual Basic. And when you do graduate to Visual Basic, you can bring your existing programs with you using a built-in conversion utility.
Here’s a few more links you might find interesting:
That should be enough to get you started!