Input! Output! Interface with switches, sensors, LEDs, serial devices, and more. Netduino offers 20 GPIOs combined with SPI, I2C, 2 UARTs (1 RTS/CTS), 4 PWM channels and 6 ADC channels. Code! Debug! Repeat! .NET Micro Framework combines the ease of high-level coding and the raw features of microcontrollers. Enjoy event-based programming, multi-threading, line-by-line debugging, breakpoints and more.
And its very expandable just like the Arduino! 3rd-party accessories offer pre-built functionality like GPS location, servo control and battery power. Netduino is also pin-compatible with shields. 3rd-party drivers are required for some Arduino shields. Design files included. Netduino is an open source electronics platform. All design files and source code are included. Learn from the designs. Remix, and enjoy the
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Congrats! Allowing people to use VS/C#/.NET MF while staying Arduino shield compatible might not sound like a big thing but it could be what’s needed to convince mainstream programmers to start hacking hardware. And in terms of debugging support and robustness .NET MF is a huge win. Only downside is the required registration and closed source-ness of VS (Express). But as your history with MS/Kinect API shows, all hope is not lost. Cheers, tamberg
Thanks for your post! Did you know that you can also build Netduino code using the new Mono C# compiler (on Mac, Linux, and Windows)? This provides an open-source option for programming Netduino. And later this year, we should see the first open-source IDE for Netduino (MonoDevelop).
Plus you can erase .NET MF and use FreeRTOS, native C/C++, or a number of other open source alternatives if desired.
All that said, Visual Studio is a wonderful option if you don’t mind its free but closed-source nature…an IDE known and used by millions of programmers.