And the winner is…

sb_logo… so far: Small Basic. Here’s why:

  • English-like commands
  • Intellisense
  • Auto-complete
  • Turtles!
  • Limited # of objects
  • Can be a path to Visual Studio (has a “graduate” feature to VB)
  • It makes sense to me

I admit to being a bit skeptical before trying it. I didn’t like the dot notation and thought kids would get confused by it. I didn’t like the length of some of the commands (like GraphicsWindow.GetRandomColor!). And frankly, I was prejudiced against it because it was a Microsoft product.

So I devoted some hours to poring over tutorials, learning some basic coding, making my own game, learning keyboard controls, etc. Once I got immersed in it (“down the rabbit hole”), I started to love it. Now I have had some experience with Visual Basic years ago, and perhaps that’s what made it make sense to me.

Tried it with my 8th graders, and they caught on to the basics pretty quickly. Intellisense was a HUGE plus, as was autocomplete. And turtles, FTW!

Is it perfect? No. You could easily make a case for Python or Processing. And I haven’t eliminated them from the possibilities. But for now, I’m liking what I’m seeing.

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  1. when MS ships Jquery with VS, they will also ship an updated JQuery ieetllisnnse hints file, with full’ help descriptions (tooltips). Cool. Also cool about the ieetllisnnse hints file obviously useful for anyone building their own Jscript libraries

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