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  • Blog Post: C# Specifications: Using Visual Studio 2013 to compile a DLL and EXE

    To see how to use Raspberry Pi with C#, go to the link at: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/brunoterkaly/archive/2014/06/11/mono-how-to-install-on-a-raspberry-pi.aspx Bruno is a much better blogger than me, but you are always invited to come back sometime. Now on to Visual Studio 2013 and compiling Using Visual...
  • Blog Post: Free eBook on Model View View Model design pattern

    Well, I give up for now on trying to explain MVVM to myself, I am just going to read the Free eBook you can find at the site links listed below.  I have struggled with the reason to use MVVM for Arduino/Netduino applications, but after viewing the Robert Green videos, it is pretty clear that I need...
  • Blog Post: Why are specifications important for software and design?

    If you are in a rapidly evolving small company and the main concern is to make payroll, writing specifications are not at the top your todo list.  But building code against specifications are usually what you do, the specifications might be the work order that your customer agrees to pay you for...
  • Blog Post: Unit Testing: Some videos I just watched

    Unit testing.  I admit it, I am a lazy guy when it comes to test, and some would say in general.  But I ran across some new videos on unit testing that are just the right length.  Ok, I ran the videos at 1.4 speed, but that was because I like to do that, Robert Green is a good speaker...
  • Blog Post: C#: The C# Language Specification and Hello World

    If you download and install Visual Studio Professional or Ultimate you get the specification installed on your system at the directory: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0\VC#\Specifications\1033\ If you are using Visual Studio Express 2013, then you will need to search for ECMA-334 The...
  • Blog Post: Arduino/Netduino: Transformers and connecting to the internet using Ethernet

    So what do you use the Ethernet for?  To catch an Ether Bunny… Get it, huh?  Get it?  Seriously that is my best joke ever!  Good thing I am not a stand-up comedian right? Anyway, in my wandering around the forest of technology, I am on a path to connect my Netduino to the internet...
  • Blog Post: Arduino or Netduino: Sensor and Actuator, testing the circuit w/o CPU

    When using your Arduino or Netduino to connect with the Web and then the “Cloud” you need to use the correct Write and Read requests. In this blog will use the Netduino only because it has a network connector on board, my Arduinos do not have a network connector, and there is a cost to getting...
  • Blog Post: Internet of things: Summer Reading List

    These are books you have to pay for, they are not free.  Some are older, and those will be noted.  I have read a few of these and others I haven’t but plan on checking them out.  Getting Started with Netduino (O’Reilly, make sure to check to see if there is a coupon) Getting Started with...
  • Blog Post: Universal Apps: Starting an exploration

    The Template samples: http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/wpapps/Universal-Windows-app-cb3248c3 To use the templates you must be running Windows 8.1 and  upgrade your Visual Studio 2013 to: Now your file new project dialog will look like the following, you will see that there is a new category called...
  • Blog Post: Net Micro Framework: It isn’t an operating system, thanks Steven

    I had been under the delusion that the .NET Microsoft Framework was an Operating system.  This is because I ignored the word “Framework” in the title. Silly me.  I have achieved disillusionment. Thanks Steven.
  • Blog Post: Gadgeteer: Continuing saga, can’t make connection to it

    Well for some reason, I am unable to connect to my Gadgeteer from my computer, likely it is a power issue and easily resolved, but need a connector for the Power Supply.  Hopefully the Radio Shack down the street is still in business.  Likely this is due to the LCD screen being hooked up. ...
  • Blog Post: Netduino or Arduino? That is the question.

    Well I am thinking about how to build circuits fast and with solid connections.  Ardunio annoying in some ways because the programming language: ‘Processing’ is pretty low level, which is good.  But on the other hand, the way to program the Netduio Gadgeteer is by using C# (which is NOT owned...
  • Blog Post: Pebble Watch: Building an app that incorporates the Pebble Watch

    This blog is making any statements about a “Microsoft” Official watch, except that I thought that the MSN watch was pretty cool, and the SPOT technology was SPOT on.  So again, this is NOT an official statement about a “Microsoft” Official Watch or software related to that.  If it was I would...
  • Blog Post: Pebble Watch and Embedded Systems: Trillions of Simple Things

    Currently there are about 30 billion sensors in the world that could be considered embedded.  This means that those old mercury based thermostats that are still laying around in the environment don’t count.  That is 30 billion devices that use some sort of CPU or connect to a CPU in some way...
  • Blog Post: New Certification: Windows Store App Using C#

    Check it out, there is a new certification for Windows Store App Developer, either with HTML5 or C#, here is the location for C# developer: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/mcsd-windows-store-apps-certification.aspx Practice Tests for the C#  can be purchased at, Measure Up is the only source...
  • Blog Post: List of 25 interesting HTML 5 and Metro Links

    Here are 25 links that I am reviewing so that I can get up to speed on HTML 5 and JS.  And I am working with a tool that will help me build game apps quickly.  Will tell you more in a couple of weeks if it is useful.   Keep this secret please as some people I work with feel that link...
  • Blog Post: Designing for the Windows Kinect: Hover Buttons

    Hover buttons, pretty cool, but not well explained in the documentation that I have found.  Hover buttons add a cool effect and cause hovering of an object over another object to appear to be similar to a click. The best examples of using the Hover buttons are found at: http://raychambers.wordpress...
  • Blog Post: Google App Engine Pricing compared to Visual Studio

    Ok, I am not going to do a point by point pricing comparison to Google App Engine, but it appears that Visual Studio is a much better price. Here are the pricing for Visual Studio: Express versions: Free for any number of executable, infinitely scalable for no additional cost, which for the Google App...
  • Blog Post: Free tutorial by Kevin Hoffman: WP7 for iPhone and Android Developers - Local Data Storage

    Local Data Storage, confusing, but in this tutorial the confusion is ended, nicely done Kevin Hoffman! WP7 for iPhone and Android Developers - Local Data Storage Rate it!
  • Blog Post: Free Tutorial by Kevin Hoffman: WP7 for iPhone and Android Developers - Application Tiles and Push Notifications

    Wow, another AMAZING tutorial by Kevin Hoffman!  You might be thinking that I am writing these blogs to just get numbers.  Ok, fair enough, and I thank you for reading this blog entry.  But seriously, it won’t be a waste of your time to go through the excellent blog entries by Kevin Hoffman...
  • Blog Post: Free Tutorial by Kevin Hoffman: WP7 for iPhone and Android Developers - Using Bing Maps

    Again, this is an awesome tutorial, and if you are going to read one tutorial this summer, you should read this one! WP7 for iPhone and Android Developers - Using Bing Maps Please, make sure to rate your experience (I would recommend 5 stars!)
  • Blog Post: Free Tutorial by Kevin Hoffman: WP7 for iPhone and Android Developers - Hardware and Device Services, Part 4

    Well I have generally shown that my tutorials are not as good as Kevin Hoffman’s, so head over there and take a look! http://www.silverlightshow.net/items/WP7-for-iPhone-and-Android-Developers-Hardware-and-Device-Services.aspx Make sure to rate your experience, the more gold stars the better...
  • Blog Post: Free Tutorial by Kevin Hoffman: WP7 for iPhone and Android Developers - Advanced UI Part 3

    Need to figure out how to use that tricky UI in windows phone 7? Well if it seems tricky, then you really need to read this tutorial! WP7 for iPhone and Android Developers - Advanced UI Make sure to check out the services and advertisements in Kevin’s page, he is doing a good job!
  • Blog Post: Free Tutorial by Kevin Hoffman: WP7 for iPhone and Android Developers - Introduction to XAML and Silverlight (Part 2)

    Again, Kevin Hoffman does a great job at explaining how to use Silverlight, C# and to program for the Windows Phone 7. WP7 for iPhone and Android Developers - Introduction to XAML and Silverlight http://www.silverlightshow.net/items/WP7-for-iPhone-and-Android-Developers-Introduction-to-Xaml-and-Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: Free Tutorial By Kevin Hoffman: WP7 for iPhone and Android Developers - Introducing the Execution Model

    A nicely done discussion and tutorial (meaning you might learn something!): WP7 for iPhone and Android Developers - Introducing the Execution Model Make sure to rate your experience
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