Microsoft .NET Micro Framework Newsletter – Vol. 1 No. 1

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Quarterly Newsletter

Volume 1 Number 1

September 2007


Service Pack 1 and Beyond

Microsoft® .NET Micro Framework 2.0 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is undergoing final scrutiny right now. If all goes according to plan, it should be available for download by the end of September. Check our MSDN page regularly for the SP1 download announcement.

Here are some of the new features and improvements you can expect in SP1:

• Generate bitmap fonts for your applications from the provided fonts
• Install your choice of developer or release version of device firmware
• Prevent unsigned code from being installed on a device
• A new tool for creating, signing, and installing device firmware images
• Improved feedback during deployment from Visual Studio to a device
• Revised and upgraded documentation
• Fixes for several customer-reported issues

The SP1 download does not include new device firmware. If you have a development board from one of our hardware partners, check with the vendor to see when new firmware for your device will be available. New device firmware is only necessary if you wish to prevent unsigned code installation.

Device Profile for Web Services
We're adding Device Profile for Web Services (DPWS) client and server support to the .NET Micro Framework. DPWS, also sometimes called Web Services on Devices (WSD), is a Web Services profile that enables a USB-like level of plug-and-play for networked devices. A PC or other device can detect DPWS-enabled devices on a network, then discover and invoke the functionality each device provides. A release date has not yet been set for this package (it is not part of Service Pack 1).

Looking Further Ahead
We're already planning the direction the .NET Micro Framework will take over the next year. Our first project is an integrated TCP/IP implementation that doesn't rely on an underlying network stack. For developers, this means more small network-enabled devices to develop on. Look for more information about these and other improvements as they take shape over the coming months.

Technical Articles
Creating a Custom Emulator
The .NET Micro Framework emulator can easily be customized to match the features of your actual hardware device, real or imagined. Get started with this exceprt from Microsoft Press's Embedded Programming with the .NET Micro Framework.

Creating a GUI Application
MVP Raffaele Rialdi describes how he used the .NET Micro Framework to help develop a swim training application for his Freescale i.MXS board. Topics include creating an accurate stopwatch and creating a user interface using the GUI classes.

Upcoming Trade Shows
ESC Boston, September 18-21
Hynes Convention Center, Boston
Kevin Dallas, Windows Embedded General Manager, will present an Industry Address at 1 PM on Thursday, September 20. Also on Thursday, take part in sessions on Microsoft embedded solutions, including “The .NET Micro Framework: From Development to Deployment” at 8:15 AM.

TechEd Developers, November 5-9
CCIB, Barcelona, Spain
Meet us in the Ask The Experts pavillion and be sure to check out our sessions in the Mobile and Embedded track.

News & Notes

Infoworld's Martin Heller took a look at the .NET Micro Framework in three posts on his "Strategic Developer" blog. First look - Tahoe board - The book

EmbeddedFusion has released the source code for their ball-in-maze game, which runs on their Tahoe board with the optional accelerometer module. Download

Leviton Manufacturing used the .NET Micro Framework to slash the expected development time for a new home automation product by 75%. Read

Roger Wolff and Rob Miles showed a wireless poker demo (powered by the .NET Micro Framework) at Microsoft Tech∙Ed 2007. Luckily, it was captured on video. Watch

Learn how the .NET Micro Framework and Windows SideShow work together to make information from your PC more available in our SideShow white paper. Read.

Don't miss Embedded Programming with the .NET Micro Framework, the definitive book on the .NET Micro Framework. Info

We're pleased to welcome Analog Devices and Crossbow Technology to the .NET Micro Framework family.

More resources
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MSN Direct
Windows Embedded

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