And the TechNet Guru winners keep rolling in!
Congratulations to Reed Kimble, our VB Guru winner for June 2013! To find all the competitors for June (and more information about this monthly contest), see the Wiki article: TechNet Guru Contributions for June 2013.
About Reed: [Adult Swim] fan, EQII player, and has broad interests in computers, electronics, and programming. Enjoys outdoors in forest, mountain, and/or secluded lake settings. Fascinated by social and spiritual aspects of humanity.
Reed won with this fantastic contribution:
How to Communicate with a Microcontroller or Other Serial Device in VB.Net
Here are our VB winners:
Reed and Paul grab the medals for a second month in a row! Great job, guys!
Here's an excerpt from the article:
With today's low-cost electronics and micro-manufacturing techniques the average electronics hobbyist has access to a plethora of powerful little microcontrollers (MCUs), along with a huge assortment of possible peripherals, and nearly all of these require a RS-232 serial interface to communicate with a PC. The accessibility and ease-of-use of VB.Net has made it an attractive platform for developing small purpose-driven applications meant to configure or otherwise communicate with these microcontrollers and microcontroller-based devices. However, as obvious a choice as the SerialPort component is, there are some common pitfalls to its use; and even though these pitfalls are explained in the documentation, a proper implementation of the component can still be elusive for some developers. This article will attempt to explain the common usage of the SerialPort component and offer a sample "SerialDevice" class which can be used to encapsulate the SerialPort component instance along with the data and logic associated with its usage.
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Thanks to Reed Kimble for your great contribution to the TechNet Guru contest! You can read about all the June winners here: TechNet Guru Award Winners - June 2013
Also, for the August Guru competition, see TechNet Guru Contributions - August 2013 .
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