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5.0 out of 5 stars Good for Starting Netduino Development, June 7, 2011
This review is from: Getting Started with the Internet of Things: Connecting Sensors and Microcontrollers to the Cloud (Make: Projects) (Paperback)
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. Specific hardware, product not supported on different platforms, hardware to powerful, not enough detail. Lets state this clearly the book is an INTRODUCTION to NETDUINO development using the Internet. If thats what your looking for there are not that many books on the subject and this meets the requirement. After you get started you can get other books that deal more specifically with networking and/or microframework which are more general in hardware and detailed on .NET Microframework.
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Initial post: Jun 7, 2011 12:21:08 PM PDT
PFISTER CUNO says:
Thanks for discussing what my book is, rather than what it is not! There are many possible and perfectly valid ways to approach this topic. I and the publisher have chosen an approach that clearly focuses on, well, "getting started", using a single platform.

The selected hardware is definitely powerful enough to run more powerful applications than just introductory examples. To leave some headroom for the readers' own projects should be an advantage, I think.
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