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"Philip Conrod has a passion for writing tutorials and books aimed at beginner programmers and he’s done an excellent job of covering all the fundamentals of Small Basic programming." 

Vijaye Raji, Creator of Microsoft Small Basic  



We offer a Developer's Reference Guide and  several Microsoft Small Basic Programming Tutorials and a which help students learn how to develop applications and games using the new Microsoft Small Basic Development Environment for Kids.  These Small Basic Programming Tutorials are appropriate for early middle-school, high-school, and even adult students.  We have also ported several classic BASIC programming books by David H. Ahl to Microsoft Small Basic.


The Developer's Reference Guide To Microsoft Small Basic

 ​The Developer's Reference Guide to Microsoft Small Basic is over 500 pages long and includes over 100 Small Basic programming examples for you to learn from and include in your own Microsoft Small Basic programs.

Small Basic For Kids is a self study or instructor led first semester Elementry School black & white illustrated introduction to computer programming that provides an interactive, self-paced tutorial to learn the Microsoft Small Basic programming environment.  The book consists of 30 short lessons that explain how to create and run a Small Basic program. Students learn about program design and many elements of the Small Basic language. Numerous examples are used to demonstrate every step in the building process. The tutorial also includes two complete games for students to build and try - a text-based Hangman game and a simple video game   This self-study or instructor led tutorial is appropriate for students in 3rd-4th grade.  Students entering 5th grade or higher should start with the BEGINNING MICROSOFT SMALL BASIC programming tutorial shown below.



Beginning Microsoft Small Basic  is a self-study  "beginner" programming tutorial consisting of 11 chapters explaining (in simple, easy-to-follow terms) how to write Microsoft Small Basic programs.  This 500+ page tutorial expands greatly on the topics outlined in the free Introductory Small Basic Powerpoint Tutorial provided by Microsoft.  The final chapter of our tutorial shows you how  four different Small Basic Computer Games could be ported to Microsoft Visual Basic, Microsoft  Visual C#  and  Oracle Java.   This beginning level self-study programming tutorial can be used at home or at school.     


 Programming Games with Microsoft Small Basic - 2nd Semester

 Programming Games with Microsoft Small Basic is a self-study second semester "intermediate" level programming tutorial consisting of 10 chapters explaining (in simple, easy-to-follow terms) how to write kid video games in Microsoft Small Basic. Students will learn how to program the following Small Basic video games: Safecracker, Tic Tac Toe, Match Game, Pizza Delivery, Moon Landing, and Leap Frog. This intermediate level self-paced tutorial can be used at home or at school. You will learn about program design, using Small Basic objects, button controls, many elements of the Small Basic language, and how to debug and share finished programs. Game skills learned include handling multiple players, scoring, graphics, animation, and sounds.


Programming Home Projects with Microsoft Small Basic - 3rd Semester

Programming Home Projects with Microsoft Small Basic is a self-study second or third semester "intermediate" level programming tutorial consisting of 10 chapters explaining (in simple, easy-to-follow terms) how to build a Small Basic graphics window programs. Projects include a Dual-Mode Stopwatch, Consumer Loan Assistant, Flash Card Math Quiz, Multiple Choice Exam, Weight Monitor, Home Inventory Manager and a Two Player Snowball Toss Game.Students learn about program design, the Small Basic controls, many elements of the Small Basic language, and how to debug and share finished programs.

Classic BASIC Programming Books Ported and Updated to Microsoft Small Basic


Basic Computer Games - Small Basic Edition is a Microsoft Small Basic re-make of the classic BASIC COMPUTER GAMES book  originally edited by David H. Ahl.  David Ahl's orginal programming book written in the 1970s helped start a generation of Game Programmers that changed the world.   The new 2010 Small Basic Edition contains 100 of the original retro character based games that inspired so many kids to become programmers themselves.  All the Microsoft Small Basic 2010 source code to the games is included in a downloadable format. 

David Ahl's "Small Basic" Computer Adventures - 25th Anniversary Edition 

David Ahl's Small Basic Computer Adventures is a Microsoft Small Basic re-make of the classic black & white BASIC COMPUTER ADVENTURES programming textbook originally written by David H. Ahl. This new textbook includes the following classic adventure simulations; Marco Polo, Westward Ho!, The Longest Automobile Race, The Orient Express, Amelia Earhart: Around the World Flight, Tour de France, Subway Scavenger, Hong Kong Hustle, and Voyage to Neptune written in Microsoft Small Basic. Learn how to program these classic computer simulations in Microsoft Small Basic. This "intermediate" level self-paced tutorial can be used at home or school.

Small Basic Tutorial Reviews:

  The Beginning Microsoft Small Basic Programming Tutorial by Philip Conrod and Lou Tylee is a fun read and covers all the fundamentals of Small Basic programming. I would recommend it to all my friends who want to learn Small Basic. They do a great job explaining Small Basic programming in an easy to read self-paced tutorial. I liked it so much, I got one for myself!”

- Vijaye Raji, Creator of Microsoft Small Basic


"Terrific product; terrific service. I have never had customer service that good! The people who run this company really care about whether you are a satisfied customer. And the product is good. I'm a high school teacher, and I'm teaching a first-ever computer programming class in our district. Small Basic is a great program for high school students, but the Microsoft provided tutorial is not enough. This book fills the gaps, and provides the information you need to learn Small Basic and to teach Small Basic. I am a very satisfied customer."- George H. Seidel Jr. - High School Teacher


"The Developer's Reference Guide to Microsoft Small Basic was extremely helpful! Well done, great examples." - Stephen Crosley


"Your Small Basic books are great!"- Neil Kendall, Teacher, United Kingdom​

"I was very pleased with my purchase of the Beginning Microsoft Small Basic tutorial. I have been using the activities provided with my GCSE Computing students and they have served me well. The tutorials have given my students a good insight into computer programming in a very engaging manner." - Munsoor Shahzad, Head of Computing and ICT Beckfoot School, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom


"I Love it! The Developer's Reference Guide to Microsoft Small Basic is big and heavy enough to hold itself open on my desk without flipping shut. It will also look good on my bookshelf. Your Small Basic books are great!"

- Neil Kendall, Teacher, United Kingdom


"The Developer's Reference Guide to Small Basic is a must have for learning Small Basic programming"  -  Anna Matteo, Italy


"My 12 year old son, Cole, has never programmed before so we bought this book not knowing what to expect. Surprisingly, my son easiy learned how to program his home computer with just this book alone (without any help from us). All he did was keep showing us the fun games he was writing every few days. He had a lot of fun creating the game projects and took a lot of pride in. Great for beginners.  Highly Recommended! - Bob Nielsen, Parent, Mercer Island, WA


"My son loved the books ever since he started reading the first chapter. He was very inquisitive, learning and understanding more about computer programming. He is 11 years and I am really excited he loves it so much.....thanks for making this books so easy to understand for the Kids. I have no problem buying a Play Station 3 game for $60, so why would I not invest $60 for my son's education which is way more beneficial for his career, than just playing games. Actually, now he can write his very own games. Its a MUST BUY!!!!!

- Ahmed Alam, Parent, Seattle, WA


"I picked up the "Basic Computer Games: Microsoft Small Basic Edition" book. I've been teaching my kids (12 years old and 10 years old) how to program and I remember many of these programs from when I was just learning. This book introduces all of the core programming skills necessary to launch the interest and passion for more advanced programming and it does so in a fun, easy way. My kids love it. We use the book at home." - Mark C. Neustadt, Madison, WI


"I enjoyed both books. I liked the format, Word & PDF, that way i can teach on my iPad. I'll be back for more next year."- Claudio Faenza, Teacher, Gainesville, FL