back to article Microsoft's coding for noobs hits 1.0, decompiling to C# in Visual Studio, and Windows 10X makes its debut... on Mac

While Windows wobbled under the weight of patches, the Microsoft gang updated development tools and buffed up a lure for startups among other shenanigans in this past week. Small Basic Online turns 1.0 Microsoft's introduction to programming, Small Basic Online, has reached version 1.0 with a bucketload of updates to the …

  1. JDX Gold badge

    Sorry if it was mentioned but is SmallBASIC a .NET language? Or a standalone toy?

    1. Dan 55 Silver badge

      It's .NET and they think Print would scare off the beginners so that's why they've gone for TextWindow.WriteLine() instead.

      1. SVV Silver badge

        To be fair, the Print statement was conceived in the days when the output actually went to a printer in a majority of situations, so it is a little outdated now that we all use newfangled TextWindows instead.

        1. conscience

          Not sure which versions of BASIC you are referring to? In just about every version of BASIC that I ever saw, the PRINT statement output things to the screen, not the printer.

  2. Jimmy2Cows Silver badge
    WTF?

    Decompile to source

    Good thing all our sensitive stuff is native and not C#. Are MS trying to kill commercial proprietary development in C#...?

    1. karlkarl Silver badge

      Re: Decompile to source

      RedGate's DotNet Reflector has been a popular commercial de-compiler for years.

      Jad is a similar tool for Java bytecode. I have used them both and they have provided good insight to a number of projects. We also used them successfully for an integration project.

      Basically, you do not choose a managed platform if you want to make it hard for reverse engineers.

      Compare these to Boomerang (for C++) and you will see the difference in recovery!

  3. katrinab Silver badge
    Gimp

    "If popping on the gear could make one a virtual attendee, the current rash of conference cancellations might make visitors ponder alternatives to the soul-crushing travel normally involved."

    Is it able to recreate the hotel room experience yet? Because that's what people go for.

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