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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. You should generally expect a new post about once a week.
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 newsgroup, or your board vendor. For business development, licensing, or marketing inquiries, please contact netmfbiz@microsoft.com. Other .NET Micro Framework resources are available through our MSDN site.
We have a few things in the pipeline to be posted here soon, but we thought we’d start off by asking if there’s any information you, dear reader, would like to see. What say you?

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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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    Do You Have a Commercial Product Using NETMF?

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    I am always being asked for examples of what NETMF is used for. I am also frequently surprised by what people are doing with it. Since going Open Source, there is not an obvious way for me to find out what people are doing with the product and the result is that my list of applications is getting a little stale

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    NETMF at TechEd 2011

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    Just got back form TechEd 2011 where Microsoft’s smallest platform had the biggest booth (no kidding). We also had a lot of help manning the booth – thanks to all the volunteers there. The word got out that we had some cool demos as well. Here is what we were showing.

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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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    New Kits from GHI Electronics

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    In case you haven’t been out to the GHI site in the last few days, they just announced a new set of kits. These kits are intended to give you an easy on-ramp to building things.

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    The Curious Cloud Contest

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    It has been a busy month getting ready for MIX 2011 in Las Vegas last week. We put together a cool challenge for some of the attendees – a challenge that was maybe a little too challenging but still fun.

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    NETMF 4.2 Alpha Available

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    I’m a bit tardy on this announcement since the release has been available for almost 10 days now but things are pretty busy here. On March 15th, we posted an alpha version of the 4.2 release. The features that are available in this early look are security improvements, FTP Support, a PWM Object, and a number of fixes to the issues that you have reported in the issue tracker on the CodePlex project.

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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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    Where to find NETMF this Spring

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    This is a busy spring for conferences for the platform.  Here is a partial list of places that you can look for us.  Spread the word about these events so that people can get hands on with the product and get any questions that they have answered...
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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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    A New Book Experience!!

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    There is a new book that is not completely out yet but I am really excited about it.  The book is ‘Getting Started with the Internet of Things’ by Cuno Pfister. ( http://oreilly.com/catalog/0636920013037 ) There are a number of reasons that I really...
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    Need Help Getting Started with NETMF?

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    Updated with new location. and new content description and translation ‘challenge’ Are you a .NET programmer who needs some background in embedded interfaces?  Not sure how to debounce a button or why you might want to do that?  Maybe you even...
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    Pyxis 2.0 – an Operating Environment for NETMF

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    Note: Updated to include a link to the new CodePlex project below. I had an interesting chat with Thomas Holtq Technorati Tags: .NET Micro Framework , NETMF , TinyCLR , Pyxis , Skewworks , NETMF OS uist of Skewworks ( http://skewworks.com/ ) this morning...
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    FTP Support – Contribution

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    Friedel Megen van Technorati Tags: .NET Micro Framework , NETMF , MCU , FTP , Embedded Programming from the Microsoft Innovation Center in Aachen, Germany has contributed FTP support to the .NET Micro Framework.  The feature has been integrated with...
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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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    Connecting Embedded Devices to Windows Phone 7

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    Technorati Tags: .NET Micro Framework , NETMF , .NET , web Services , Windows Phone 7 , Silverlight For our recent trip to Maker Faire, the team built a number of demos.  One included controlling a remote device and exposing data collected from a...
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    Making the Robot Arm Move Again – on .NET Gadgeteer

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    Technorati Tags: .NET Micro Framework , .NET Gadgeteer , Robotics 6 weeks ago, I posted a blog about controlling a robot arm with the new Netduino board ( http://blogs.msdn.com/b/netmfteam/archive/2010/08/30/making-the-robot-arm-move-again.aspx ). ...
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    Bicycle Computer #10 – Connecting your Bike Computer to the Cloud

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    This article is in the Oct edition of MSDN Magazine which can be found at: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/gg232773.aspx
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    New Board and Holiday Contest

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    I make a habit of trying out a new board by building something with it before I blog about it but I have a reason for deviating from that pattern.  I just got my FEZ Panda board and I do have a project in mind for it.  The FEZ Panda has a nice...
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    .NET Gadgeteer at Maker Faire in NY

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    If you are not familiar with Maker Faire , I am not sure that I can fully describe it (although I like ‘Science meets Circus’).  We spoke with the founder of the faire and he said the question that he is most commonly asked is ‘what is it?’. ...
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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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    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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    Renesas Announces .NETMF ports

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    As you may already know from the 4.1 announcements, Renesas has provided new ports for their SH-2/A series of microcontrollers.  Yesterday, they made their own announcement of that support and I wanted to use re-use some of the content from that...
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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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