#1✎ 290Super_DefaultioVideo GamesI like to play video games!HobbiesDay PersonI like the warm sunshine and wake up early!Express YourselfZelda Is Awesome!I love The Legend Of Zelda!Express YourselfThere are many ways people learn SmileBASIC, a BASIC Computer Simulator for the handheld system called, the Nintendo 3ds. What are ways you guys learned SmileBASIC?
#2✎ 188412Me21Syntax HighlighterReceived for creating the code syntax highlighter on SBSNight PersonI like the quiet night and sleep late.Express YourselfI read a tutorial book a long time ago
all programming languages are pretty much the same anyway
#3✎ 25MiopasidThird YearMy account is over 3 years oldWebsiteSecond YearMy account is over 2 years oldWebsiteFirst YearMy account is over 1 year oldWebsiteLooking at other's code.
#4✎ 1093YolkaiHead Admincancelling projects until I learned not to announce them ecksdee.
#5✎ 1134snail_Power UserQSP Contest 1 Contest ParticipantI participated in the first SmileBASIC Source QSP Contest!HelperReceived for being very helpful around SmileBASIC SourceAchievementsAmazing ContributorSomeone thinks I'm an awesome person who has done so much for the community!Achievements
Looking at other's code.
Not everyone who can write code can write GOOD code so this is actually a pretty unreliable way to learn. A lot of code isn't "self-documenting" (you can figure out what it does immediately just by looking at it) either and often a program is only closely understood by the people (or person) who wrote it. Furthermore, everyone programs differently anyway. Looking at source as reference is handy, but for learning it won't get you very far without previous experience.
#6✎ 129jamieyelloFirst DayJoined on the very first day of SmileBASIC SourceWebsiteNight PersonI like the quiet night and sleep late.Express YourselfDrawingI like to draw!HobbiesI learned with the Engrish manual.
As far as "bad coding" goes there's not a lot you can mess up in smilebasic, but I didn't learn from other people's code. I understood SB perfectly and I still don't know what's going on in most other people's code. The ones that were un-documented were too complicated to understand. Whatever bad coding habits I picked up I eventually dropped, like how using IF BUTTON() == 1 THEN is worse than IF BUTTON() AND 1 THEN, and using subroutines and functions instead of plopping all your code in one place like a mess.
I would say just learn individual commands one at a time, the most simple ones, learn how to use those to make what you want to make and then when you're feeling curious learn another command. Say you learn PRINT, then you think, "I wish there was a way to change where the text pops up", then you discover LOCATE, then you want to change the color, and so on. Just take it bit by bit and eventually you'll be pretty good.
#7✎ 131raimondzFirst WeekJoined in the very first week of SmileBASIC SourceWebsiteExpert ProgrammerProgramming no longer gives me any trouble. Come to me for help, if you like!Programming StrengthNight PersonI like the quiet night and sleep late.Express YourselfWell, I've already knew how to program when I used smilebasic. So the first thing that I did was read and mess up with the library that come with the language.
Then, I looked other programs but I didn't like them because almost everyone used goto for everything (Instead of using while, for or def) and they were poorly structured. However, there were few exceptions to this (For example Cave Island and Celeste.)
At this point, I knew how to use smilebasic and its library... So this answers your question. But to make a game, I read about game design patterns(http://gameprogrammingpatterns.com/) and lowerdash to learn how to properly structure the code for my projects. Know a language and know how to use the language to make X are two different things.
#8✎ 201PerskaSummer 2016 Contest WinnerI won the SmileBASICSource Summer 2016 Contest!Programming ContestExpert ProgrammerProgramming no longer gives me any trouble. Come to me for help, if you like!Programming StrengthGreat PageHiddenAchievementsI messed with code until I got something nice.
The fact that PTC's European version didn't have a manual with useful info in them made this more hard/fun.
#9✎ 290Super_DefaultioVideo GamesI like to play video games!HobbiesDay PersonI like the warm sunshine and wake up early!Express YourselfZelda Is Awesome!I love The Legend Of Zelda!Express YourselfThis is great guys, (excluding Lumage) thanks for the tips!
Especially jamieyello and raimondz. :)
Probably not. I would like to know what you guys started with, what was your first, your baby that was ugly? cute? organized mess?
What was your first program? Leave your answers in the box below.
#10✎ 129jamieyelloFirst DayJoined on the very first day of SmileBASIC SourceWebsiteNight PersonI like the quiet night and sleep late.Express YourselfDrawingI like to draw!HobbiesI remember some of my first programs, the first thing I did was make a sound test (After I made a lot of really basic PRINT INPUT tests just to get a feel for the more basic commands). It was just a pretty simple text menu interface that let you go through and play all the sound effects and songs. I actually used it a lot to find fitting sounds for my programs, but it was really messy. I think a lot of people did the same thing. The next big one I made was a space shooter, which was actually pretty competent visually but it was still a mess in code. I didn't use any subroutines or for loops, I had 30 different stars going in a loop across the screen to give the space travel look (all at different speeds) and I hard coded every single star without copying and pasting at all.
After that I started with that pokemon game, then I made a pretty decent map editor, and that was it for SmileBASIC. By the time I got to the map editor I pretty much knew every bit of SmileBASIC, so much that I went and made a SmileBASIC interpreter in C++.
#11✎ 188412Me21Syntax HighlighterReceived for creating the code syntax highlighter on SBSNight PersonI like the quiet night and sleep late.Express YourselfThe first program I released was this one:
1 PRINT "Welcome to the Awesome Epic Amazing Adventure Game!"
INPUT "What is your name? ", name$
PRINT "You Died."
2 INPUT "Do you want to play again? ", again$
IF again$ = "Yes" OR again$ = "yes" OR again$ = "YES" THEN
ELSEIF again$ = "No" OR again$ = "no" OR again$ = "NO" THEN
PRINT "Yes you do!"
PRINT "You Died."
#12✎ 290Super_DefaultioVideo GamesI like to play video games!HobbiesDay PersonI like the warm sunshine and wake up early!Express YourselfZelda Is Awesome!I love The Legend Of Zelda!Express YourselfWe all started with the famous PRINT and INPUT commands.. wow.
Well then, I have all my data I need.
Thank you everyone who participated, your efforts shall not be wasted.
See you guys in 6 months aka in June 30th of next year.
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