Cerbuino VB examples

Hi all, I am a complete noobie to using the Cerbuino and .net MF…and am looking for a little guidance. There are not a lot of VB examples and sample code to help me get familiar with the platform. Any suggestions? More specifically, I am interested in porting some Arduino apps into the ever-so-much-better MF and wanted to see, for example, where COM1, COM2 and COM3 map to. My specific application is reading a serial GPS on one of the I/O pins (rather than Gadgeteer pins) as I have already build a shield. In the Arduino world I was using the Software Serial library, and I have no clue where to go to understand the Cerbuino object model. Thanks in advance to anyone who may be able to help me!

This shows where all pins are GHI Electronics – Where Hardware Meets Software but if you are using gadgeteer sockets with gadgeteer modules then you do not need to work about this as it is done automatically.

You are right there is not a lot of VB applications but start with “VB samples” here https://netmf.codeplex.com/releases/view/82448 but remember that while your cerbuino is far more powerful than arduino, it still not match to FEZ Hydra for example when it comes to memory so stay away from graphics till you understand the system better.

Welcome to the community.

I’m curious why VB? If you’ve been writing Arduino (Java/C++ ish) code then writing C# is an more natural transition than VB. Of course, if you’ve just always done VB and that’s where you’re comfortable in the .NET world then I guess that makes sense.

@ ianlee74 - I am an old time VB coder and the C / Java languages just doesn’t come naturally to me! Old dog, new trick issue!

Gotcha. Was hoping for a more interesting excuse :wink:

@ Gus - Thanks…hadn’t noticed that COM3 is on DO/D1. Two questions…do those pins also map to the USB port (as in Arduino)? Is there the ability to create a software serial port on an other pins (and if so how)?

Yes, I planned on getting feet wet with this one, then using modules.

No they don’t. These devices have a real USB connection, not a serial bridge.