With the previous release of a complete and stable SDK, we finally had time to dig into the networking issues and couple other difficult issues! Thanks to the great efforts put forth by our engineers, this release improves networking stability while addressing other issues like adding new functionality to make working with bitmaps even easier. We also want to thank the customers who have helped us in testing the new firmware.
Speaking of networking, Microsoft is currently rewriting the way the networking stack works inside NETMF. This will make the stack even better, as explained here http://netmf.codeplex.com/discussions/569521
Our tests indicate that the networking stack is stable, even for commercial use. However, it is possible that some issues will pop up under stress, like failing to accept sockets. These issues will be in any NETMF device and port, GHI or non-GHI. This fix is in what Microsoft is working on today and we look forward to incorporate their improvements when they become available.
Finally with the recent NETMF release by Microsoft, they changed the way they hook into Visual Studio. As a result, we found it best to no longer install NETMF or Gadgeteer with our SDK. You will need to install them manually like before. The steps on our NETMF support page, http://www.ghielectronics.com/support/netmf , will outline what to do. If you already have the latest versions installed, there is nothing for you to do. Until Microsoft releases a non-beta version of the NETMF SDK, we will continue to support 4.3 QFE1 with VS2012, however you may install their new beta release to use VS2013.
What is next for NETMF?
Until Microsoft’s next release, we will continue working with our customers and the community on fixing any hidden issues. There are also few minor issues on our task tracker that we will cover as well https://www.ghielectronics.com/tracker/list/open but beyond that, we would like to give our developers a break for all the hard work they have been doing for a very long time. So, if you are in the area, stop by and have a drink with them. If not, a +1 or maybe a reply to congratulate our developers on acheiving this massive milestone.
NETMF and Gadgeteer Package 2014 R5: http://www.ghielectronics.com/support/netmf/sdk/24/netmf-and-gadgeteer-package-2014-r5