“I really enjoyed this programming book. I found it to be excellent in its explanations, diagrams and programming methodology. Since I retired from mainframe programming several years ago, I have purchased and read many beginning PC programming books including 5 books published by Philip Conrod and found these books extremely well written. In my opinion, Philip Conrod’s books on Microsoft Small Basic and Microsoft Visual Basic have been the best in format, content and the larger size pages for easy reading. They are excellent! To me programming is more than learning a language as it is also about thinking logically and solving problems. I have enjoyed these books so much!” – John Whitener, Retired Mainframe Programmer, Durham, NC
PROGRAMMING HOME PROJECTS WITH MICROSOFT SMALL BASIC (Table of Contents) , teaches Small Basic programming concepts while providing detailed step-by-step instructions to build many fun and useful projects. To grasp the concepts presented in PROGRAMMING HOME PROJECTS WITH MICROSOFT SMALL BASIC, you should possess a working knowledge of Windows and have had some exposure to Small Basic programming (or some other programming language). We offer a beginning programming tutorials BEGINNING MICROSOSOFT SMALL BASIC that would help you gain this needed exposure.
PROGRAMMING HOME PROJECTS WITH MICROSOFT SMALL BASIC explains (in simple, easy-to-follow terms) how to build a Small Basic graphics window program. Students learn about program design, the Small Basic controls, many elements of the Small Basic language, and how to debug and share finished programs. The programs built include (Project Screen Shots):
- Dual-Mode Stopwatch – Allows you to time tasks you may be doing.
- Consumer Loan Assistant – Helps you see just how much those credit cards are costing you.
- Flash Card Math Quiz – Lets you practice basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills.
- Multiple Choice Exam – Quizzes a user on matching pairs, like countries/capitals & words/meanings
- Weight Monitor – Track your weight each day and monitor your progress toward established goals.
- Home Inventory Manager – Helps you keep track of all your belongings – even includes photographs.
- Snowball Toss Game – Lets you throw snowballs at another player or against the computer
The product includes over 600 pages of color self-study notes, all Small Basic source code and all needed graphics and sound files.
PROGRAMMING HOME PROJECTS WITH MICROSOFT SMALL BASIC requires a Microsoft Windows operating system and Small Basic (Version 1.0 or higher, a free download from Microsoft).
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- Overview of Small Basic Programming and the Environment, including…
- Data Types and Ranges
- Scope of Variables
- Naming Conventions
- Arithmetic, Comparison and Logical Operators
- String Functions, Dates and Times, Random Numbers,
- Decision Making (Selections)
- Language Functions – String, Date, Numerical
- Writing Your own Subroutines
- Sequential File Access, Error-Handling and Debugging techniques
- Sharing a Small Basic Program (in the Appendix)
and more… it’s all integrated into the Home Projects.
The specific Home Projects include:
- Dual-Mode Stopwatch Project
- Consumer Loan Assistant Project
- Flash Card Math Quiz Project
- Multiple Choice Exam Project
- Black Jack Card Game Project
- Weight Monitor Project
- Home Inventory Manager Project
- Snowball Toss Game Project
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