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  • Paperback: 102 pages
  • Publisher: Maker Media, Inc; 1 edition (28 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449302459
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449302450
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 467,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chris Walker is the inventor of the Netduino, host of the Netduino user community, and an expert on .NET Micro Framework.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Makem on 29 Nov. 2013
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This book offers a good introduction to Netduino and has some interesting sample projects, but non-programmers might struggle to understand the code samples. The book is very short and only takes a couple of hours to read, which is why I think ~£9 is far too expensive, especially when you can probably find the same examples online for free.
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Brief Simple Introduction To Netduino Open Source C# Platform 4 April 2012
By Ira Laefsky - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Inside of 85 pages, this guide which follows the format of "Getting Started With Arduino" by Banzi, and which describes an Open Source Platform based upon C# and the .Net Micro Framework called "Netduino", outlines experiments to drive LEDS, a Piezo Speaker, Motors, and finally allow the system to respond to commands via the Internet. The writing is clear and succinct. In this brief tutorial which simplifies its content, it is impossible to appreciate the full power of a platform that allows Object Oriented Programming, as well as Event-Based code, and which permits Multi-threading, Sockets and HTTP access to the Internet. But, after performing these experiments with ease and clear direction the reader is introduced to a powerful Open Source Platform that goes beyond the power of Arduino and for approximately $60.00 in the Netduino Plus configuration offers a more powerful processor, Ethernet connectivity and storage on a SD card. In addition to preparing an experimenter for use of the Netduino family, this guide serves as an introduction to the .Net Micro Framework, and Microsoft Research's even more powerful Open Source Platform: .Net Gadgeteer.

I recommend this book for the hobbyist, and those who desire an introduction to Microsoft's powerful Open Source platform for embedded systems development.

--Ira Laefsky, MSE/MBA IT Consultant and Embedded Systems/HCI Researcher formerly on the Senior Consulting Staff of Arthur D. Little, Inc. and Digital Equipment Corporation
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good start but needs updating. 27 Feb. 2013
By Trevor Young - Published on Amazon.com
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I wrestled with how many stars to give this. At points I was going to give it 2 stars. The problem is this book is seriously out of date which could give beginners a great deal of angst as none of the project code in the book work as is and require knowledge to fix/rewrite that many beginners won't have and there is no corrections file online that I have found. Yes there is a good forum at the Netduino site where you can request support - and they will answer your questions (even the author chips in), which is why I ended up giving the book 4 stars. But you will need to request support on each experiment. I'm a beginner with C#.Net , having done much VB.NET development, and haven't played with microprocessors in many years, so I did find this hard going and have yet to get some of the later experiments to work after a few weeks of tinkering.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Delightful Book 11 Aug. 2012
By Lawrence Maturo - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought a netduino board, and knowing nothing about it, I naturally wanted a book to help me get started. This was just perfect for that. I was able to combine the firs few projects and end up with a board that allowed you turn a blinking LED on and off by pressing a button. It was a delight to read, and it couldn't have been easier to follow. Kudos to the author for a great little book that does what the title says it does.
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Good Place To Start 21 Jun. 2012
By David J. Kelley - Published on Amazon.com
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I think the book is a great place to start. simple straight forward and not so much information to get lost. for beginners I think its great. certainly not a long term reference if you really get into this but non the less I think any one looking to get into Netduino's then starting here will help you accomplish that goal and if your interested you will quickly out grow the book though.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great resource for the clever beginner, but new programmers and those with poor Google Fu may need a helper 5 Jan. 2013
By Captain Colon - Published on Amazon.com
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Well-written and has a good layout that gets you up and running quickly...I followed the instructions on the Netduino site for setting up Visual Studio Express so it was all ready when my Netduino and book arrived and I had my blinky LED program compiled and running in less than 5 minutes.

HOWEVER, some of the classes in the Netduino SDK have been revamped since the book was printed...not little niche functions that a beginner wouldn't use either, but major common ones that handle analog inputs and PWM. It took me a bit of Google searching to get my LED to blink at a variable speed adjusted with a potentiometer because the AnalogInput class has been reworked so not only does it function differently, but the new way to use it is completely unlike the old way that the book uses.

Normally such mistakes would mean a much lower rating than four stars, but I'm adding a little reviewer's tilt to this one because the author is aware of the issue and actively working to update code examples online...I understand how difficult it can be to keep a printed book up to date when the book is about an open-source platform that's undergoing constant improvements and revisions.

Other than the outdated code snippets I have yet to have any serious problems with any of the examples presented in this book. Examples contain both MakerShield diagrams and plain breadboard diagrams for those who don't have a MakerShield yet (get one, it makes things much easier!). If you're not afraid of having to troubleshoot when your copy/paste code example doesn't work then you'll have no troubles here...and frankly, if you're afraid of troubleshooting then you should probably not be spending your money on DIY electronics :)
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