For those who don't know, Microsoft development labs has released a new language called Small Basic. This is aimed squarely at the beginner. Do you remember how you started to program? Well, if your an old git like me it would have been on and old 8bit machine like the zx81, spectrum, Vic20 or Commodore 64 (or some other old 8-bit thing). The reason these machines were so cool to program with is that they were just so simple. Switch on and start. Basic was built right in and anyone could start and learn it.
Well, a chap at Microsoft called Vijaye Raji has started a personal little project that one day he hopes will be included with windows - like QBasic was with DOS. This is an amazingly good idea, and one I had quite a while back as well (see here), but typically never got very far with. He however is getting on pretty well and has now released a really nice little development environment that while a little buggy, is looking very cool indeed.
Theres an interviewwith him on Microsofts channel 9 which is well worth watching. This is something I'll be keeping an eye on and might even write a little something for in the future. Its very cool.