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Gadgeteer Book–Learn to Program With VB & .Net Mike McIntyre

This book is a free resource from Microsoft Press which helps students learn to program with the .Net Gadgeteer, a device originated at the Microsoft Research in Cambridge, U.K.. image

The Gadgeteer book explains how to program with VB and .Net using the FEZ Cerberus Tinker Kit modules such as the mainboard, USPClientSP power module, the Joystick, the LED strip, and the Display N18 module.

Students plug together modules then use Visual Studio 2012 or Visual Studio 2010 to build a .Net Gadgeteer project.

The Visual Studio project includes lots of visual tools for connecting and configuring modules.


I love this book and the FEZ Tinker Kit. 

Back in the day I remember buying electronic parts, wiring up boards and hooking up devices based on computer magazine articles.

This kit gives a similar ‘hands on experience’ with the power of VB and .NET added in. 

This book and the FEZ Cerberus Tinker Kit are highly recommended for the young nerds in your life.  The book is free and the kit costs around $100 U.S.

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