Built from the ground up, the .NET Micro Framework is a platform for resource-constrained devices that extends Microsoft’s embedded offering to smaller, simpler “sub-CE” devices (i.e. devices using 32 bit processors without an MMU, and with as little as 64K of RAM).
The .NET Micro Framework provides (among other things) a managed execution environment with automatic memory management, a substantial subset of the .NET Base Class Library and a managed driver model – all within an amazingly compact footprint of around a few hundred kilobytes. And its TCP/IP and Web Services for devices functionality make the .NET Micro Framework a great platform for building smart, connected, service-oriented devices!
In this video, Jonathan Kagle (Group Program Manager) and Lorenzo Tessiore (Development Manager) tell us about the work they've been doing on the .NET Micro Framework. Our conversation covers: origins of the .NET Micro Framework, available development kits (00:10:24), devices that are running it (00:13:07), what it looks like to write code for it (00:17:30), and about the upcoming 3.0 release (00:24:50).
- .NET Micro Framework product site
- .NET Micro Framework team blog
- .NET Micro Framework Platform SDK docs on MSDN
- .NET Micro Framework Connect site (where you can sign up for the version 3 beta)
Update: The .NET Micro Framework 3.0 Release Candidate 0 is now available.