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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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    Cool Imagine Cup Entry

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    Our Dare to Dream Different contestants are not the only ones using the Micro Framework in creative ways. The Micro Framework was part of the solution in an entry to the Imagine Cup ( http://imaginecup.com/ ) that won the Chinese competition and will...
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    Quail board: A new addition to the NETMF family

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    I just got word that the Quail board from the MikroBus.NET team is now shipping. This is a new development board built around the popular STM32 that supports the ‘click’ modules that use MikroBUS connections. MikroBUS is a connector definition...
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    Pete Brown and MADExpo

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    Many of you have already run into Pete at events or in forums – he is a very active and talented contributor to the NETMF and Gadgeteer communities.  Here is recent interview of him at MADExpo : http://technologyandfriends.com/SubText/archive/2012...
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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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    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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    So you always wanted to be an angel investor

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    KickStarter.com was a new one for me.   There are dozens of interesting projects out there from movies to technology to children’s books.  What all these things have in common is that they need grass roots funding.  At Kickstarter...
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    NETMF 4.2 – Regular Expressions

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    With the 4.2 release just around the corner, I wanted to highlight another contributions from the community – specifically in this case, Regular Expressions. This feature was contributed by Julius Friedman.  Regular Expressions This is desktop compatible...
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    NETMF 4.2 Contributor and a Cool Product

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    It is great to be able to highlight a valuable contribution to the 4.2 codebase and a cool application of the platform at the same time. The contribution is from Richard Scott at Pulsecor ( http://www.pulsecor.com/ ). People have asked for examples of...
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    Latest MSDN Article

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    Last summer I wrote a blog on StreamInsight and the great fit between that product and the kinds of data analytics challenges that the Internet of Things will generate – pulling information out of massive amounts of data that individually is of low value...
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    Imagine Cup and NETMF (Part 1)

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    The Imagine Cup just finished an once again there were some great projects as always.  This year, even more than in the past, there were a number of projects that included the .NET Micro Framework platform.  I have had the opportunity to talk...
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    Imagine Cup and NETMF (Part 2)

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    The team that won the Software Design category was Team Hermes from Sligo, Ireland. This team created an application that addressed the issue of the high rate of traffic fatalities In Ireland with a classically ‘Internet of Things’ solution. They instrumented...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    .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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    NETMF Applications: Sytech Designs a Heating Project

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    One of the key values of .NET is in handling complex projects. This next project is a good example of this. The project is a control system for domestic and industrial underfloor heating. The system allows each room to be defined as a separately controlled...
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    NETMF Applications: Remote Cooling Tower monitoring systems with cellular connectivity

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    A question that I am frequently asked is where has NETMF is used commercially. This would be an easy question to answer if we charged for the platform because we would know who our customers are. But as an Open Source project, we only hear anecdotally...
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    ‘New’ SoM from GHI Electronics

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    OK – I’m a little behind on this one. The board has been out for a few months. That doesn’t mean that it doesn’t deserve to be pointed out. There have been lots of great things going on with NETMF recently here in Microsoft that...
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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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    A patch you may need if you use XP

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    Several people on the team have been tracking down an error reported by a customer that is reported from C# Express.           It took some time but they found that there is an optional patch that is not at all optional if you...
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