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The Widespread Release of the Surface SDK Brings New Features

by Jonathan Allen on  Dec 10, 2009

The Microsoft Surface SDK has been released to the general public. Along with lifting the restrictions on who can use it, there is a service pack bringing new functionality including contact visualizations “that provide users with instant and consistent visual feedback when they touch the Microsoft Surface screen.”

Why .NET Micro Really Went Open Source

by Jonathan Allen on  Nov 19, 2009 6

A few months ago Microsoft announced their plans to release the .NET Micro Framework as an open source project. Since then there has been rumors that Microsoft is using open source as an excuse to abandon the project. The truth is the exact opposite, Microsoft is actually using open source to drive the adoption of .NET Micro.

Java Card 3 Includes Java 6 Support and an Embedded Servlet Container

by Charles Humble on  Nov 04, 2009

Java Card version 3 includes a new Connected Edition representing the first major update to the Smart Card platform architecture for 10 years. It includes support for an embedded servlet container and a JDK6 compatible virtual machine.

Silverlight for Windows Embedded CE Is Not True Silverlight

by Abel Avram on  Oct 08, 2009 2

With the RTM of Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3, Microsoft has included a version of Silverlight targeted at embedded devices. There are major differences between Silverlight on the desktop and “Silverlight for Windows Embedded" (Silverlight for WE).

Mono’s First Commercial Release: MonoTouch

by Jonathan Allen on  Sep 17, 2009 7

MonoTouch is a port of the Mono runtime along with an adapter layer so .NET developers can use the native iPhone GUI toolkit. MonoTouch is unique in the Mono ecosystem because it is the first commercial Mono product from Novell. As expected, there was some community backlash.

Presentation: Convergence: Model-Based Software, Systems And Control Engineering

by Abel Avram on  Feb 06, 2009

In this presentation filmed during OOPSLA 2008, Janos Sztipanovits attempts to tackle the complexity of large scale systems integration. Software, systems and control engineering converge in such systems, raising the integration challenges and demanding a new approach to model-based design.

Mono for Robotics

by Jonathan Allen on  Feb 06, 2008

Microsoft is not the only trying to get into the robotics business by porting the .NET runtime. Cogmation Robotics is using Mono in their flagship product robotFoundary. Even more surprising, they choose to run it on OS X first.

Pattie Maes on Ambient Intelligence

by Niclas Nilsson on  Oct 29, 2007 1

At OOPSLA 2007, Pattie Maes gave an interesting talk about the MIT ambient intelligence projects. One project, ReachMedia, was particularly interesting from an architectural, mashup and social networking perspective.

Interview: Peter Kriens discusses OSGi

by Ryan Slobojan on  Sep 26, 2007 1

OSGi is a Java modular development specification. OSGi is used in a wide variety of applications, from mobile phones to enterprise servers and the Eclipse IDE. In this interview, Peter Kriens explains where OSGi came from, what sorts of applications it's useful for, integration with Spring, the JSR 277/294 debate, and the future of OSGi.

.NET Micro Now Supported on Blackfin

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 18, 2007

The smallest .NET edition, Micro, is now supported on Analog Devices' Blackfin platform. This makes it the first processor supported by .NET built specifically for digital signal processing.

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