2021-09-27

"One-Page Jam" is complete

The first annual "Mini Micro One-Page Jam", in which participants write small games, demos, or other interesting Mini Micro programs in only one screenful of code, is officially over.

The jam, hosted at itch.io, lasted for three weeks, and got three amazing entries:

Each of these programs uses only one screenful of code! Go to https://itch.io/jam/mini-micro-1-page-jam/entries to play these amazing games.


2021-09-25

Learn to Code in 30 Days now available as Kindle ebook

The definitive beginner's guide to MiniScript programming, and programming in general, is now available in convenient Kindle format! (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09H51R357)

This 386-page book was previously available only in paperback, and only in the United States. The Kindle edition is the same content, but considerably lighter weight and now available worldwide. Suitable for complete beginners to computer programming, this book teaches all the fundamentals in 30 short, engaging chapters. The skills you learn in this book will provide a firm foundation for programming in any language.


2021-09-12

Twitch streamer Briana O'Hearn streams Mini Micro

Programmer and crochet artist Briana O'Hern has begun streaming her work in Mini Micro as she prepares for the One-Page Jam! Check out her Twitch channel at: https://www.twitch.tv/brianaohern

You can watch her exploring Mini Micro for the very first time in this stream, and then see her start work on her One-Page Jam entry here. Biana is brand new to MiniScript and Mini Micro, but figures things out quickly, with an enthusiasm and positivity that is inspiring and a delight to watch. Check out her schedule and follow along as her tiny game develops!


2021-09-10

New video on navigating the file system

MiniScript user "shellrider" has produced a great new introductory video on navigating the file system in Mini Micro: https://youtu.be/Dmo4khN1LbU

Most of the content applies equally well to command-line MiniScript (including the new Soda environment), too!


2021-09-08

"One-Page Jam" is underway

The first annual "Mini Micro One-Page Jam", in which participants write small games, demos, or other interesting Mini Micro programs in only one screenful of code, is officially underway!

The jam, hosted at itch.io, lasts for three weeks, ending on September 30th. Seven participants have signed up so far. But there's still plenty of time for people who have never used Mini Micro before to learn the environment and still create a 1-page program before the deadline. Participants may work alone or in teams, but in any case are encouraged to discuss their efforts and cheer each other on. Go to https://itch.io/jam/mini-micro-1-page-jam to learn more or participate.


2021-09-03

"One-Page Jam" begins Monday

The first annual "Mini Micro One-Page Jam", in which participants write small games, demos, or other interesting Mini Micro programs in only one screenful of code, begins on Monday, September 6.

The jam, hosted at itch.io, lasts for three weeks, ending on September 30th. This gives plenty of time for people who have never used Mini Micro before to learn the environment and still create a 1-page program before the deadline. Participants may work alone or in teams, but in any case are encouraged to discuss their efforts and cheer each other on. Go to https://itch.io/jam/mini-micro-1-page-jam to learn more or participate.


2021-08-30

Academic paper accepted for publication

The first academic paper about MiniScript has been accepted for publication at the iSTEM-Ed 2021 conference in November! Preprint available at: https://miniscript.org/files/Strout_iSTEM-Ed2021.pdf (© 2021 IEEE)

An academic paper titled "MiniScript: a new language for computer programming education" has been accepted for presentation at the IEEE International STEM Education Conference (iSTEM-Ed). This paper, aimed at computer science educators, compares MiniScript to Lua and Python as a language for new programming students. The paper will be presented (online, due to COVID-related travel restrictions) at the conference in Pattaya, Thailand, November 10-12.