April 19, 2010
about 5 years ago
I think one of the real values of this board (and .NET MF in general) is that .NET devs now have a bridge to get started in the embedded world using tools they’re already comfortable with.
The decision to use this board is going to depend on who you are and what you’re trying to accomplish. I don’t think the “FEZ vs. Arduino vs. Whatever” arguments are really fair to any of the platforms. Some folks may deem it unacceptable to have a managed code runtime layer living between their code and the hardware, performing garbage collections and such. On the flipside, someone coming from .NET may put greater value on the fact that they’re able to use a familiar IDE and they can accomplish high-level operations with little code and familiar libraries.
I’m glad to see that the members of this community are willing to give it a shot. Every product released by MSFT has been panned in some form; MF will be no different, but I hope folks are able to look past the fact that the “Evil Empire” was involved in the creation of this, so it has a chance to gain community support.
No public wish lists :(
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