Expert .NET Micro Framework (Expert's Voice in .NET) 2nd Edition

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About the Author

Jens Kuhner works for Vallon GmbH in Germany as a principal software developer developing metal detectors and ferrous locators. He creates software for data acquisition and evaluation using the .NET Framework and Compact Framework. Since this software must be incorporated closely with the detectors hardware, an interest in embedded systems was only natural.

Jens has been involved with the .NET Micro Framework from the very start, when he saw it presented at MEDC Europe. Since then, he's been an active beta tester of the technology and a regular contributor to Micro Framework forums.

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Product Details

  • Series: Expert's Voice in .NET
  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2 edition (September 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781430223870
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430223870
  • ASIN: 1430223871
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.1 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #944,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Brady Gaster on June 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I am a .NET programmer by trade, an Arduino fan by hobby, and an open-source advocate in practice. So, when I first heard of the .NET Micro Framework I had a dual response, both "yeah right" and "this could be interesting." I evaluated a few kits, and a few other books, and chose this one because it appeared at first glance to take a deeper look into not only embedded systems development with the .NET Micro Framework, but to take that glance through the lens of an experienced programmer.

I was pleased to find that the book not only offered an excellent introduction to .NET Micro - which I'll get to in a moment - but that it also allowed me to look at some of those familiar practices, like multi-threaded programming and lower-level communications with streams, and binary serialization, from a different perspective. I'm an enterprise .NET developer, so the approaches I take solve problems on a far greater scale than with embedded systems; this text approached those same topics on a small scale but did so in an unassuming and concise manner. The author seems to take the approach of "experienced coder in a coffee shop talking to another experienced programmer," the two taking different approaches to solve the same problems, and both learning from the other's approach.

Clearly-stated expert .NET generalities aside, this book has *tons* to offer the embedded developer. I had *zero* experience with .NET Micro and have missed .NET coding when I'm tinkering with Arduino in my spare time. This book demonstrated how the .NET Micro framework could bridge that gap and provide a more natural environment in which I'd be up and running a lot faster. It explained topics as basic as GPIO port interfaces, how the .
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ira Laefsky VINE VOICE on April 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
By nature I am a fan of Open Software & Hardware and have been doing extensive development with the Arduino and the OMAP/Davinci Beagleboard (TI Chipset with Linux). The Arduino hobby and physical computing is a big draw for Makers and Hackers who have up until now not had the background for hardware and software hacking with microcontrollers. It takes a lot for me to try and recommend a Microsoft-based platform but this book and the systems based on the
.Net Micro Framework are the attraction that will draw me and others to this powerful network-able and easy-to-use platform. It is as easy to use as the Arduino and is much more powerful in terms of i/o capabilities and networking. This excellent text covers all aspects of the software environment Visual Studio Development tools the C# language, libraries, web services and the emulator/debugger. Some aspects of hardware and i/o access are also described.

The Netduino and GHI Electronics Fez Panda II are highly Arduino compatible (allowing most shields to be interfaced), and offer many additional capabilities in I/O and Networking (including Internet of Things capabilities). They are especially attractive to the Arduino enthusiast, and use the Framework described in this manual (text). I highly recommend this book as an introduction to the .NET Micro Framework and these powerful but easy to implement tools for Physical Computing.

--Ira Laefsky, MSE/MBA Hacker & IT/HCI Consultant
formerly on the Senior Consulting Staff of Arthur D. Little, Inc. and Digital Equipment Corporation
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By seulater on September 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
As just starting out in the MicroFramework there are not many books dedicated to this as of yet. For myself this was a good book to help get some of the basic ideas and concepts down. This Author has a good way of explaining ideas and concepts all with examples that are easy to follow. I would recommend the book if you are starting out with .NETMF.
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