I am a professional (retired) programmer very familiar with .NET programming. I have recently done some PIC programming and I have the MikroElectronika EasyPIC 7. I am intensely intrigued by the possibility of doing imbedded programming using .NET and C#.
I have been looking at the Netduino and the FEZ Hydra. For the type of work that I think I might be getting into, I am leaning toward starting with the Netduino 2 Plus, although the FEZ Hydra appears to have a lot more memory and speed. What shys me away from the FEZ Hydra is the concept of their sockets, which seem highly tailored to manufactured boards. I like the idea of being able to prototype my own circuits with a proto board–and a protoboard that fits the Netduino exactly. It seems that the Netduino offers more of that capability, while the FEZ Hydra, as powerful as it appears to be, seems to be tailor made to using standard cables and boards that fit a certain type of socket. It seems like the FEZ Hydra approach is marketed as something called “Gadgeteering”.
So I make this initial post in the corresponding forums to hear any ideas from experienced users of both platforms.