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Learn to Program with Small Basic
New book teaches programming with
Microsoft’s beginner-friendly language

Learn to Program with Small Basic

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San Francisco, CA (April 22, 2016)—Millions of first-time computer owners learned to program using Microsoft’s BASIC. Now, a new title from geek book publisher No Starch Press offers those who grew up with BASIC a familiar way to teach the next generation how to code.

Small Basic is the free, modern, and beginner-friendly version of BASIC, and with the help of Learn to Program with Small Basic (No Starch Press, $34.95, 344 pp., full color, May 2016), anyone can learn coding fundamentals like loops, variables, if/else statements, and subroutines. After mastering the basics, readers put their new knowledge to the test with inspiring hands-on activities, by drawing colorful pictures, solving math problems, and programming playable games. Each chapter ends with review questions and coding challenges to reinforce the lessons.

According to Vijaye Raji, the creator of Small Basic, “Programmers make computers come to life, and with the right tools, the possibilities are limitless. But even today’s skilled programmers started with something very small and simple. Learn to Program with Small Basic is the perfect first step to start programming.”

As with all books in No Starch Press’s best-selling kids programming line, Learn to Program with Small Basic is designed to make a technical topic easy and accessible for all beginners, without the fluff.

Small Basic runs on Windows 7 and later. Learn to Program with Small Basic will be available online and in fine bookstores everywhere this May.


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About the Authors

Majed Marji is a senior development engineer at General Motors and an adjunct faculty member at Wayne State University in Michigan. He is the author of Learn to Program with Scratch.

Ed Price is a senior program manager in engineering at Microsoft. He holds an MBA in Technology Management and has been a professor at Bellevue College. He runs customer feedback programs for Azure Development, Visual Studio, and Small Basic.

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Learn to Program with Small Basic Learn to Program with Small Basic
Publisher: No Starch Press
Authors: Majed Marji and Ed Price
ISBN: 978-1-59327-702-4 (print)
Price: $34.95
Publication Date: May 2016
Specs: 344 pp.
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