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About .Net Micro Framework Team Blog

Welcome to the .NET Micro Framework team blog, where we’ll be posting about our experiences, ideas, and activities. Our intent is to provide the latest information about the .NET Micro Framework, to get your unfiltered feedback, to support the development of the community, and to just plain have fun.
We spend most of our time working to make the .NET Micro Framework better, and finding time to blog on a regular basis on top of that can be hard. So a number of developers, testers, and product managers from the .NET Micro Framework team will be posting here to make sure you get the latest information from a variety of perspectives. Occasionally MVPs and Microsoft employees in other groups will join in as well. 
By the way, this blog is usually not the best place to get immediate help with a problem you’re having. Support for specific .NET Micro Framework issues is best obtained through Microsoft product support services, our discussion forum, or your board vendor.  Other .NET Micro Framework resources are available through our NETMF.com website.

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    New .NET Gadgeteer board from the Mountaineer Group

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    2 weeks ago I talked about a new port from the newly formed Mountaineer Group.  Last week they were back.  They announced that they have created a new open source hardware platform on that port which is available for pre-order.  The platform...
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    NETMF 4.3 Released

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    We are glad to announce today the RTM of the .NET Micro Framework version 4.3. You can download the SDK and PK as well as the source from our Codeplex project , client_v4_3 branch, at change number 27523 . Version 4.3 of the .NET Micro Framework Porting...
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    NETMF 4.2 – Porting Kit Studio

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    Version 4.2 went to Beta a few days ago with an impressive assortment of contributions from the community.  One contribution stands out for its scope and ambition.  That contribution is the PKStudio contributed by Alexandr Surkov and Igor Kiselev...
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    NETMF Version 4.2 Beta now available

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    Today, we have posted the Beta bits for the NETMF version 4.2 release to CodePlex.

    There are some great additional features beyond what we announced for the 4.2 Alpha release (cryptographic primitives, PWM, FTP,…). These include:

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    Version 4.2 RTM Today!! (Updated)

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    We are glad to announce today the RTM of the .NET Micro Framework version 4.2.  You can download the SDK and PK as well as the all sources from our Codeplex project , client_v4_2 branch, at change number 13620 .   (We will be distributing...
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    Thread Communication and Synchronization

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    After the last blog on Threads and Thread Priorities , readers asked for a continuation on Thread Communication and Synchronization. Before I jump in, I have to reiterate that concurrency is a complex issue. I won’t try to compete with the technical...
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    NETMF Versions 4.1 Released to Web

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    The Version 4.1 release of the .NET Micro Framework is now available at the Microsoft Download Center (link).  This release has been in public beta for some time and we expect it to be very stable.  It is available at the Microsoft Download...
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    Bicycle Computer #1 – Introduction

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    Embedded development has historically been a distinct skillset from development for the desktop, servers, and web. While the same programming models and tools can be used in desktop, server, web, and even cloud applications, embedded software development...
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    Threads and Thread Priorities in NETMF

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    I started this article with the objective of providing a more up to date discussion of thread priorities. I thought first that I should cover a little about threads just in case. If you are already conversant in threads, jump ahead to the Thread Priorities...
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    Opening the .NET MF 3.0 kimono

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    Psst, hey buddy, if you promise to keep this to yourself, I'll tell you what we're working on for .NET Micro Framework v3. We think you're gonna really like it. Jonathan Kagle just finished his presentation this morning at Tech-Ed in Orlando where...
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    Using the Dispatcher

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    Background The typical Micro Framework Presentation application will have at least two threads. The first thread, which is explicitly created by the developer, usually handles I/O to one or more hardware peripherals. The second thread, created and...
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    Building a Thermostat with the Microsoft .NET Micro Framework

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    Tony Pitman from Shatalmic is posting today as a guest contributor. He used the Emulator Temperature sample as a base to write this hardware guide for attaching a SPI temperature sensor to either a iMXS or a Tahoe dev board. Building a Thermostat...
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    .NET Micro Framework Version 4.0 ships, Open Source, Community Development, and more.

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    Today, Nov 16 th , 2009, I have a number of exciting things to share: Version 4.0, Open Source, the new Community Development Model, and how to get at all this stuff which is all still free. First , we are launching version 4.0 of the .NET Micro Framework...
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    .NET Micro Framework 4.0 Goes to Beta!!!

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    There are actually two betas going on. One for the SDK and one for the Porting Kit. If you aren't familiar with the product, the SDK is all you need to try out creating managed applications. There is an emulator that will let you see how the Micro Framework...
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    NETMF 4.2 – Other CodePlex NETMF Projects

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    In this latest release of the .NET Micro Framework we have tried to acknowledge some of the great contributions from the community and we will continue to do that.  In addition, there are great contributions happening at our partner’s sites. ...
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    Making the Robot Arm Move Again

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    I am taking a little break from the Bicycle Computer – I have three articles on that in draft but none finished.   While that series is intended to show that you can do serious embedded applications with .NET, this one is intended to show that...
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    Cortex Support on NETMF in Open Source Project

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    There is a lot of interest in the Cortex M series platforms these days.  One reason that these are interesting for very small devices like .NET Micro Framework is that they use a new instruction set – Thumb2 – that is more compact than the one used...
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    .NET Gadgeteer

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    This weekend, Microsoft attended Maker Faire in New York and UbiComp in Copenhagen to demonstrate a really cool technology that has been developed and used by Microsoft Research in Cambridge England.  It is a rapid prototyping system built on the...
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    Breathalyzer on a new board

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    As you may know, when a new board is announced, I try to find a good project for it.  I have to tell you that this goal is keeping me pretty busy.  This one I had to finish at the request of the Channel 9 team for PDC – that is a breathalyzer...
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    New NETMF Book out for v4.1 and v4.2

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    Some of our earliest partners from SJJ Embedded Micro Solutions - Sean Liming and John Malin - have written a book on the latest versions of NETMF.  The book is targeted at the professional audience, hence the name - “Professional's Guide To .NET...
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    Bicycle Computer #8 – Changing Display Size – the UI Thread, EWR, and Touch Calibration

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    This is the 8th in a series of articles demonstrating how someone with modest .NET programming capabilities can now write applications for embedded devices using the .NET Micro Framework and Visual Studio.  To jump to the initial article, click here...
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    On-going VS Express Support

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    There was some anxiety for all of us when the language specific Express SKUs (C# Express and VB Express) that NETMF (and Gadgeteer) work with were not going to be supported in VS 2012.   We did learn that these 2010 SKUs would be available for...
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    .NET Gadgeteer Live as an Open Source Project

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    Over the last 7 months, we have shown the .NET Gadgeteer to a number of internal and external parties. The response is almost always the same – where can I get one?

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    NETMF 4.3 (Beta) on the CodePlex site

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    Yesterday we released the beta of the upcoming 4.3 release of NETMF.  This release includes the following Feature List for v4.3 - Support for Visual Studio 2012 (Pro or higher) plus the Windows Desktop Express version. - All v4.2 QFEs features and...
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    A Surprise from Secret Labs

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    Getting a surprise from Secret Labs is, well, no surprise but this is one that I wouldn’t have predicted.  Today Chris announced that they are selling a new Netduino board – the Netduino Go.  This board responds to requests from their community...
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