I just discovered that the free development environment that Atmel provides to support their processors is a customization of Visual Studio. Wouldn’t it be great for all of us in the .Net Micro/Gadgeteer world if there was a .Net Micro add-in? Do any of their development boards have enough resources to support .Net Micro? For that matter, is it possible to port .Net Micro to any of the dozens of development boards that TI and others provide many of which are less than $20?
It is really rare that any technology can make an immediate and massive improvement in my ability to do my job. GPS is one. .Net Micro is another. However, I’ve have had nearly zero success with getting the embedded programming group at my company to even look at it. Most of the arguments are religious e.g. “It isn’t Linux so it sucks” or “OMG it’s Microsoft so it really sucks”. I can’t fight those. But there are a couple of legitimate points like it isn’t clear .Net Micro has a long term future and it doesn’t have broad market support e.g. lots of vendors supplying boards and tools. To my mind, both of these points make a circular argument. Hard to show a long term future without lots of industry support and hard for companies to justify development without an obvious long term future. I’m excited about Microsoft’s claims to make .Net Micro a part of their IoT strategy but wouldn’t it be great if .Net Micro was available as an easy option when an engineer was looking at a buying a development board for a new project from TI or Atmel or ST or whoever?