“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 includes over 100 Small Basic programming examples for you to learn from and include in your own Microsoft Small Basic programs.  It was originally developed for ourselves when we wrote the first Microsoft Small Basic programming tutorials.  It is a complete review of the Small Basic language. You will learn about each Small Basic object. You will learn about button and text box controls, using the mouse, graphics, shapes, images, timers, sounds and sequential file access. Both text and graphics window applications are also discussed.

Small Basic For Kids – A Computer Programming Tutorial

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 

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 Home Projects with Microsoft Small Basic 

Programming Home Projects 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 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 original 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.

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.