Tuesday, September 29, 2009

GHI E-Book: Beginners Guide to C# and the Microsoft .NET Micro Framework

Gus is working on a book for their customers and the .NET MF community:

This is an in-progress book we are making for our customers and the NETMF community. We hope you like it and find it useful. We are open to suggestions and comments.

Keep this in mind when using the book:

  1. It is incomplete, full of typos and may have false info
  2. The book points out a new device called FEZ. This is not available and we do not have any public info, so please do not ask
  3. The book will be updated frequently until it is complete so come back and check the top of this post for the release number.

Following topics you will find in the E-Book : Introduction, To port or not to port!, Selecting a Device, Getting Started, C# Level 1-3, Digital Input & Output, Pulse Width Modulation, Glitch Filter, Analog Input & Output, Garbage Collector, Interfaces (UART, SPI, I2C, One Wire, CAN), Resources, Displays, Time, USB Host, File System, Networking, Expanding I/Os, Wireless (ZigBee, Bluetooth, Nordic, WiFi 802.11), Thinking Small, Graduation Projects (MP3 Player, Smart Alarm Clock, GPS Data Logger)

The book is not yet finished, but you can get it for free on this post.

Don’t forget to get a copy of the second edition of Expert .NET Micro Framework (Jens K├╝hner) which updates the significant changes of .NET Micro Framework version 3.0.

Wireless LAN (WiFi) now available on ChipworkX and Embedded Master

Long time ago I was searching for a WiFi module that could be used on .NET Micro Framework devices. Well, Digi announced that their Digi Connect Wi-series will be available for .NET MF, too, but until today I didn’t get any feedback if this is true.

GHI-00127-large Some weeks ago GHI announced that they offer a .NET Micro Framework module to run WiFi 802.11 wireless networks on their .NET MF devices.

GHI proudly announces the first .NET Micro Framework 3.0 hardware to run WiFi 802.11 wireless networks on ChipworkX and Embedded Master.

This new feature supports WEP, WPA, WPA2 secure networks through hardware AES and RS4 cyphers.

The wireless 802.11 hardware module is FCC, IC and WiFi certified and costs only about $30 in low quantities which makes it ideal for .NET Micro Framework devices.

Wow, that really looks great to me and I have to order one to play around with WiFi on .NET MF.

Embedded Master and ChipworkX with Power over Ethernet

Gus Issa posted on his blog about power over ethernet support for their .NET Micro Framework devices Embedded Master and ChipworkX:

In Some applications, a networked device can be placed at a distance connected to an Ethernet cable. It would be really beneficial if the Ethernet cable can be used for data and for power. You actually can do that. This is called "Power over Ethernet", PoE for short.

A .NET Micro Framework device like Embedded Master and ChipworkX can easily be power and networked using the same cable.

Great to see how easy it is to set-up power over ethernet.