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#1 Chris Walker

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 08:35 AM

Visual Basic support for Netduino and .NET Micro Framework is now in beta. NOTE: The beta may have bugs, may be missing a feature or two, etc. Updated firmware: Netduino Netduino Plus .NET MF and Netduino v4.2 Beta SDKs: Installing the beta SDKs Code samples for Visual Basic: Blinky ("hello world") sample app pushing the button, action and reaction Event handlers, the button revisited We're excited to welcome the Visual Basic community into the world of microcontroller programming.

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 10:58 AM

Super cool the VB support is coming.

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 11:37 AM

Super cool the VB support is coming.

Indeed, very nice first post by the way ;) Welcome to the Netduino Community!
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#4 Chris Walker

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 08:08 PM

Hi Tooms,

Super cool the VB support is coming.

Yes! We're very excited.

If you're a Visual Basic programmer, you can now write code for microcontrollers--pretty awesome :)

The Visual Basic support is all there--but there may be a few rough edges. If you'd like to start working with it, we'd love to hear your feedback so we can help make .NET MF 4.2 a high quality release for VB programmers.

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Posted 09 June 2011 - 10:02 AM

NOTE: The beta only works with non-Express versions of Visual Studio


Very happy VB support has materialized, but are there plans to allow it to work with the Express versions as well? I do see this as an unnecessary barrier to widespread adoption of VB.NET as a Netduino development platform.

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Posted 09 June 2011 - 10:33 AM

Very happy VB support has materialized, but are there plans to allow it to work with the Express versions as well? I do see this as an unnecessary barrier to widespread adoption of VB.NET as a Netduino development platform.

I'm told that Visual Basic Express support should be live in the Release Candidate or RTM version. Sometime in the next month or two.

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Posted 09 June 2011 - 03:22 PM

This is tremendous. I'm a capable C# dev, but, because I live in it all day, I have a tendency to think VB. Will make the rapid development of code a little more rapid for me. Thanks to everyone that contributed to this for their hard work!

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Posted 09 June 2011 - 04:12 PM

This is tremendous. I'm a capable C# dev, but, because I live in it all day, I have a tendency to think VB. Will make the rapid development of code a little more rapid for me. Thanks to everyone that contributed to this for their hard work!



Its great to see that people are excited about VB Support. I work in both and love VB. The VB stuff is still in Beta so please do provide feedback on things that are not working 100% so we can work to get them resolved.

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Posted 15 June 2011 - 07:51 AM

Quick update: Visual Basic Express is now supported by the .NET Micro Framework 4.2 Beta SDK :) Download link is in first post in this topic. Chris

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Posted 15 June 2011 - 04:47 PM

Quick update: Visual Basic Express is now supported by the .NET Micro Framework 4.2 Beta SDK :)

WOOT!!!!

Looks like I've got plenty o' tinkerin' to do this weekend... Time to migrate my I2C device library (24LCXXX Eeproms, MCP230XX expanders, etc) over to VB. :D :D

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Posted 17 July 2011 - 03:50 PM

I haven't stopped by the forum for a while.... awesome to see this news! Thank you guys!

#12 Nizze

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Posted 03 August 2011 - 01:26 PM

Hi Looks very nice . Ordered my Plus module and i will get it on friday . Can't wait .... // Nizze

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Posted 03 August 2011 - 09:30 PM

Blog article using VB for simple Netduino Application http://blogs.msdn.co...a-netduino.aspx

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Posted 04 August 2011 - 12:34 AM

Blog article using VB for simple Netduino Application

http://blogs.msdn.co...a-netduino.aspx

Thanks for the link, skytribe! I see that lots of people are talking about it on the social media sites. I'm glad to see so much enthusiasm about VB with .NET MF.

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 08:50 AM

Just joined in... I'm thinking on moving some of my projects from Proton PIC Basic to Netduino Mini. Is there already support for VB in the 4.2BETA3 for the Mini? If not, when can we expect it? Thanx for the great platform! Karl

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 11:07 PM

I just got the Netduino Plus 2 for Christmas. It's been two years since I've tinkered with electronics on a BASIC stamp microcontroller. I was kind of hoping this would force me to get more proficient in C#, just finished the three simple tutorials and now I see this! Like the others, I work in VB.NET all day so I am very tempted to update, but I wouldn't mind hearing something that could motivate me to stick with the C# (other than the value of learning C#). Aside from this being beta support (assuming it still is), is there any performance disadvantage if I proceed with the firmware update, anything at all that might encourage me not to?

 

Thanks!

 

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 09:27 AM

Hi Stugots,

 

I'm sorry to inform you, VB-support isn't beta anymore, it's ready to be used ;)

You could still challenge yourself with C# if you like, but VB support works great.


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Posted 28 December 2012 - 11:36 AM

I must have missed this too, does VB now implement System.Convert.ToUInt64, Decimal, etc? (try decoding a NTP time byte string in VB only!) 



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Posted 04 January 2013 - 06:33 PM

Is there support for VB and NetduinoGO?



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Posted 05 January 2013 - 03:10 AM

Hi LakeOzark,
Is there support for VB and NetduinoGO?
It should work; if you run into any troubles, just let us know and we'll investigate. Chris




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