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ISBN-13: 978-1449393571 ISBN-10: 1449393578 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Make: Projects
  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Maker Media, Inc; 1 edition (June 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449393578
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449393571
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Taking the Cloud Out Into the Physical World

About the Author

Dr. Cuno Pfister studied computer science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zürich). His PhD thesis supervisor was Prof. Niklaus Wirth, the designer of the Pascal, Modula-2 and Oberon programming languages. Dr. Cuno Pfister is the Managing Director of Oberon microsystems, Inc., which has worked on everything from mobile solutions to a large hydropower-plant monitoring system with 10,000 sensors.

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I became interested in modern programming languages on small devices during my PhD studies under Prof. Niklaus Wirth. As a founder of Oberon microsystems I was involved in various industry projects, from building a power-plant monitoring system to creating a real-time Java operating system.

My interests center on the very small meeting the very large: microcontrollers that talk to compute clouds in Web of Things applications. In particular, I am interested in programming models that are easy to use, and allow the creation of maintainable, robust, and deterministic software across all devices involved in a Web of Things application.
I am living in Zürich, Switzerland. I can be reached at pfister@oberon.ch.

Customer Reviews

The book is a good introduction to development embedded internet enabled applications using the Netduino.
Adrian Bowles
The information contained in this book is will be of great benefit to anyone getting started in the rapidly growing arena of embedded devices.
Ronald N Tjoelker
I've found that Netduino lacks of specific documentation on its configuration and operation, so that is the reason I rated with just 2 stars.
Harold Galloup

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Larry Beck on September 22, 2011
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I purchased a Netduino Plus (N+) board for $60 from Amazon because I had outgrown the Arduino platform with its limited address space and it looked like the N+ with built-in Ethernet and MicroSD support would be great for my data-capturing application. On a whim I also decided to order the "Getting Started with the Internet of Things" (GSIOT) book because I had found the "Getting Started with Arduino" book (also from Make) to be helpful for my son to get started with Arduino and these books are both less than $15. I didn't realize until I received GSIOT that it was written specifically for the Netduino+ and includes many incredibly well thought out examples that have led me through really understanding how to effectively use the N+ and using the free Microsoft Visual Studio C# Express to program it and run programs in debug mode.

I would not recommend purchasing the GSIOT book unless you have a Netduino Plus to run the examples on. Because the N+ is programmed in C# using the .NET Micro Framework, the examples would probably be incredibly frustrating to port to another platform. For the N+ they are very instructional. I've done a lot of programming and implementations for many different small microprocessor platforms, various computer languages, and other programming learning exercises ranging from database to web page programming and each time I sought out the best learning material I could find and never have I had a learning experience go as smoothly as it has with Cuno Pfister's GSIOT book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ira Laefsky VINE VOICE on May 31, 2011
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This practical guide by a prominent Swiss Computer Scientist enables a concrete path to using sensors, actuators and microcontrollers with the Internet.
The examples are written and described for step-by-step completion around the easy and cost-effective Netduino Plus microcontoller and the C# (Java-like)
language but they could easily be re-written for a standard Arduino and Ethernet Shield. This is the first "full-service" DIY manual for enabling sensors, actuators and their data to talk to Internet & HTTP/HTML applications. Good use is made of the Pachube HTTP data collection and forwarding site as well as
SOAP protocols. While I was first an Arduino enthusiast (and still am) the Netduino Plus at $60.00 offers a powerful, easy to understand circuit board &
development environment that includes a built-in Ethernet Port and slot for the addition of a Micro-SD card. Good support can be obtained from the Netduino
home site (Secret Labs). The book follows the excellent format of "Getting Started With The Arduino" and "Getting Started With Processing"; it offers the
first hands-on introduction to communication with Internet & HTTP Protocols for the Data Storage and Processing of Sensor Data and the Internet of Things.

An important and valuable Hands-On Introduction to the Internet of Things and Protocols for Web and Internet Processing of Sensor, Actuator and Microcontroller Data.

--Ira Laefsky, MSE/MBA IT & HCI Researcher and Consultant
Formerly on The Senior Staff of Arthur D. Little, Inc. and DIGITAL Equipment Corporation
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Adrian Bowles on June 7, 2011
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The book is a good introduction to development embedded internet enabled applications using the Netduino. The netduino runs .NET Microframework and uses C# and Visual Studio development environment. VS is a windows product - so anyone wanting to do development using Mac/Linux or not using C# this book is probably not for you. Quite simply put it is related to developing for a specific platform using a specific development environment. Express versions of VS can be used and are free to download.

The book discusses the Pachube service to read and control the netduino over the internet which is a very common request for these type of devices. Whilst not covering really low level functionality of the Microframework it is designed as an introduction. It is a small book but covers enough to get you going and the examples can be modified easily for different sensors on the netduino. Sure the netduino is much more high powered than most of the examples require but again this is what most people are wanting to do when they get started here. The level is pitched for beginners who may not be experience software engineers experienced with C# but the examples are simple enough to walk through with only a limited knowledge of the language.

Are there more detailed books on the microframework? - sure. Is the hardware overkill for most of the examples provided in the book? Yep. But this is a good introductory book to hobbyists/developers wanting to use the Netduino hardware. The book is specific and there are more detailed books but this is really an introductory book and meets the goal well.

The negative reviews tend to ding the book for what its not rather than address what it actually is.
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