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  • Blog Post: .NET Micro Framework : .NET Micro Framework Version 4.0 ships, Open Source, Community Development, and more.

    Woohoo! V4.0 is out with community code. This is a major step forward for the .NET Micro Framework! I’m hoping to dive into core details in this blog in the future. (I know I’ve been silent here for  a while, more like an eternity in the blogosphere. A lot of things have been going on in my life...
  • Blog Post: .NET Micro Framework : .NET Micro Framework 4.0 Goes to Beta!!!

    The .NET Micro Framework V4.0 has gone into public beta. Congrats to the team for all the hard work getting this done with reduced resources and an uphill legal battle on the source code release! .NET Micro Framework : .NET Micro Framework 4.0 Goes to Beta!!!
  • Blog Post: .NET Micro Framework V4.0 Beta

    The .NET V4.0 Beta is coming to a PC near you. Sign up on Microsoft Connect to get your copy when it becomes available!n Lot’s of great new features and SOURCE CODE in this release!
  • Blog Post: Strange days are these…

    As many readers know (Wait, is there really more than one?) by now my position on the .NET Micro framework team was eliminated. I was given 60 days to find a job within Microsoft before termination and severance kicked in on July 4th. Last week I started to write a farewell as my final post. However...
  • Blog Post: Building a WPF Emulator Part V

    In our last episode the super hero (ok it was just me) was creating a device emulator for a KIOSK system based on the .NET Micro Framework. So far we’ve seen the application code from the custom emulator side of things but haven’t looked at any of the XAML yet. So what is this XAML stuff anyway? XAML...
  • Blog Post: GHI releases updated firmware for Embedded Master

    GHI has released updated firmware for the Embedded Master module. New features include: Version 1.0.7 04/29/2009 Firmware Version 03.00.000 Tiny Booter Version 03.00.000 > Includes .Net Micro Framework V3.0 Service Pack 1 > TinyBooter is defaulted to USB > User can access Ethernet registers...
  • Blog Post: Building a WPF Emulator Part IV

    Part IV? already… this is starting to get like one of those scary movies series of the late 70’s and early 80’s… or Star Trek movies… (Hopefully the even numbered and the odd numbered posts are good!) So far I’ve covered the code from the viewpoint of a custom emulator using the additional support classes...
  • Blog Post: TAHOE/Meridian firmware updates and a New .NET Micro Framework Rapid Prototyping system

    Device Solutions just released new Tahoe II firmware and an updated SDK . In the documentation is a section on the new Meridian/P module. (No info available on their website yet though) This is looking really cool! The direct support for SchmartBoard format makes it extremely easy to use for rapid prototyping...
  • Blog Post: Updated interop article

    I've updated the interop article to correct a few typos and reformat to fit in this blog. (unfortunately when we re-worked the layout of the team blog site the article didn't quite fit right so I adjusted it a bit and am now hosting the full article on this blog where it fits ok)
  • Blog Post: .NET Micro Framework Porting Kit SP1 released!

    Last night, we released Service Pack 1 for the .NET Micro Framework Porting Kit. This release was created expressly to respond to the needs of our customers, incorporating requests submitted to us from our porting customers. The service pack contains dozens of improvements spanning a broad range of functionality...
  • Blog Post: Building a WPF Emulator Part III

    OK, so I promised we’d look at the emulator engine in this post. The design idea for the emulator places all of the device specific configuration of the emulation in code. This is in contrast to the default “generic” Microsoft Emulator that ships with the SDK, which is configured by XML files. That’s...
  • Blog Post: Building a WPF Emulator Part II

    OK, this time we’ll get to some code. (and a new blog theme style that makes fitting code a lot easier!) In previous posts I’ve outlined the concepts involved with links to more detailed info on the general patterns etc… Now we’ll have a look at some actual code for a .NET Micro Framework device emulator...
  • Blog Post: Building a WPF Emulator – Part 1

    So, you want to know more about building an emulator with WPF? Well, so did I. Of course the first question to ask when encountering something new is why bother? (E.g. What’s it going to do for me that the stuff I already have isn’t going to do?) Well in the case of WPF, it’s going to do a LOT. More...
  • Blog Post: Building a .NET Micro Framework Emulator with WPF (Part 0)

    The .NET Micro Framework SDK comes with a customizable emulator that allows extensions to the emulated hardware as well as the complete look and feel of the emulation experience. The sample emulator from the SDK and the emulator project templates all use windows forms for the user interface. While Windows...
  • Blog Post: New blogs on using the .NET Micro Framework Porting Kit with GCC

      Kevin Townsend has started up a new blog on using the .NET Micro Framework Porting Kit with GCC. Kevin and Stefan Schmidt are active in the newsgroups and blogging to contribute the overall community knowledge. Check them out and lend your own experiences too!
  • Blog Post: Road signs warn of zombies

    Yep that's what the road sign said.... Really - see for yourself ( Road signs warn of zombies ) Hackers got into a construction road sign and changed the display to show a "custom" message. I bet the sign's manufacturer is wishing they'd used a more secure protocol and mutual authentication...
  • Blog Post: New article on using Interop posted

    I've just posted an article on using interop in .NET Micro Framework V3.0. Abstract The .NET Micro framework provides a rich level of support for embedded systems development from handling interrupts on GPIO pins to talking to hardware on an SPI or I 2 C bus. Unfortunately, sometimes, that’s not...
  • Blog Post: 3...2...1... Launch!

    .NET Micro Framework V3.0 launched today at the Embedded Systems Conference In Boston! (Woohooo! - Can I sleep now?) (Sadly, I wasn't able to attend the event as planned due to an illness.) If you are in the area check us out at the Microsoft booth if not here are some highlights: In the SDK: Touch and...
  • Blog Post: One day into Maker Faire and we have existential dilemmas

    Well one day at Maker Faire is passed, and it was a long day, we arrived for setup around 8am he event opened at 10am and ran through until 10pm! It was a long day but the attendees are a whole lot of fun loving creative people that keep things entertaining! Towards the end of our setup on Friday, John...
  • Blog Post: Am I in whosville?

    So, there I was getting things ready at the Microsoft booth for Maker Faire, which has a reputation for some rather unique and quirky stuff. But I wasn't expecting to be transported to a Dr. Seuss story when this instrument rolled on by....
  • Blog Post: .NET Micro Framework V3.0 RC0 Now Available!

    Extra! Extra! Read all about it! .NET Micro Framework team posts Release Candidate 0 of the SDK on connect site . Yes, ladies and gentlemen, and anyone else reading this that doesn't fit one of those categories. (Is there anybody reading this? If I write this and no-one reads it does it make a sound...
  • Blog Post: Interfacing LCD with 3 wires from .NET Micro Framework

    The ever clever Pavel Bansky has created a new sample of using Alpha numeric LCD displays with the .NET Micro Framework using only 3 GPIO pins in the process! Check it out! Interfacing LCD with 3 wires from .NET Micro Framework | Pavel Bansky
  • Blog Post: What do donuts and the .NET Micro framework have to do with one another?

    Q: What do donuts and the .Net Micro Framework have to do with one another? A: Find out at Maker Faire (Austin, TX Oct 18 & 19, Travis County Expo Center) I'll let that tease you for a while!  [Given all the grim news coming across my TV these days I thought some silliness was in order. I promise...
  • Blog Post: Device Solutions release Beta 3.0 Firmware

    Device Solutions has release .NET MF V3.0 Beta firmware for the Tahoe platform. This adds more hardware choices for those working with the V3.0 SDK Beta to try your code on real hardware. So go ahead and download the new firmware, make some cool applications and devices! (Don't forget to blog about your...
  • Blog Post: Differences in .NET Micro Framework versions

      Well, it didn't take very long for Jan Kučera to update his site to include info on the new features of the .NET MF V3.0. Way to go Jan! Thanks for the info and your enthusiasm for the .NET MF!
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