The Dallas .NET Micro User Group focuses on the .NET Micro Framework (NETMF) from Microsoft. The group meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at Improving Enterprises and our meetings are free to attend. Please RSVP according to the monthly meeting announcement to assure plenty of food and drinks for everyone.
.NET Micro Framework (NETMF) is an open source platform that expands the power and versatility of .NET to the world of small embedded applications. Desktop programmers can harness their existing .NET knowledge base to bring complex embedded concepts to market on time (and under budget). Embedded Developers can tap into the massive productivity gains that have been seen on the Desktop.
This month we'll have a hack night focusing on wireless communications. If you don't have any ideas of what to work on, I have many for you to choose from. I'll have a few spare microcontrollers to test your code with if you don't have your own NETMF microcontroller. I'll also have some wireless modules (wifi, bluetooth, XBee low power and XBee high power).
This meeting is specifically targeted for those with zero hardware experience (no breadboarding or soldering required) and for the more advanced user we will be happy to provide some more in-depth details.
We encourage you to bring your own NETMF device and a laptop.
Our meeting format will follow the following format:
6:00 - 6:30 Food and Drinks, Socialize6:30 - 6:35 Meeting announcements6:35 - 6:50 Flash talks, show and tell, approximately 5 minutes per person6:50 - 8:30 Hands-on coding time.8:30 - 9:00 Show what you created tonight, door prize giveaways if available, pick presenters for next meeting.
We will have FREE food, drinks and a meeting room, courtesy of Improving Enterprises. The food will arrive by about 6PM which offers plenty of time to socialize before the event start time at 6:30PM.
Be sure to thank our sponsor, Improving Enterprises, a premier, Dallas-based training and consulting firm and please keep them in mind for your company’s training and consulting needs.
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Another two day .NET Gadgeteer workshop took place on the 12th and 13th February, this time at Northumbria University. Attendees included a diverse mix of 3rd year students from 3D, Design for Industry (DFI) and Media Design courses.
The result was an entertaining mix of craft, design and technology. The tutorials included the coding and building of a digital camera, complete with a specially designed cardboard case that you fold and slot the Gadgeteer modules into.
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We are really happy to announce that .NET Gadgeteer Core 2.42.700 was released today!
This contains a few new features:
This release supports Visual Studio 2012 (all editions including Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop) and as well as retaining support for Visual Studio 2010 (and express editions).
To use Visual Studio 2012, you need to use the latest .NET Micro Framework release, v4.3. To use Visual Studio 2010, you need to use .NET Micro Framework 4.2 QFE2.
Since the matrix of Visual Studio versions, .NET Micro Framework versions and .NET Gadgeteer mainboards is getting complex, we added an “application wizard” to simplify things:
This wizard will help you choose the right version of .NET Micro Framework for your mainboard, and also help with installation errors such as having the wrong version of .NET Micro Framework installed.
This release includes Gadgeteer libraries compatible with .NET Micro Framework 4.3, enabling mainboard and module manufacturers to “forward port” their designs. We designate this as “alpha” support because, unlike for the “stable” 4.2 and 4.1 libraries, the Gadgeteer API for 4.3 may still change, in response to feedback from the community or manufacturers. As such, we have not released source code for the 4.3 libraries at this stage, though we will do so as soon as the API is “stable”.
We now provide a means for manufacturers to specify the “typical” and “max” power consumption of each mainboard/module, and show this data in the Visual Studio designer – right click on the design surface and choose “Power estimate” to see it. We considered including details of how much power is provided by red modules, but this proves hard – e.g. it might depend on what USB supply is used. Nonetheless, we hope this will help users with understanding and fixing “power bugs”.
We are working on a few advances for .NET Gadgeteer’s 4.3 API – first, the ability to “indirect” any socket type so that modules can provide sockets as well as consume them, and second, a refactor of the LCD configuration interface to address compatibility issues. We are aiming for a quick turnaround (as soon as May!) for this, depending on manufacturers’ feedback. The next release is planned to be the “stable” 4.3 release.