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May 11, 2017

Upgrading our community’s platform

We take pride in our community's level of knowledge and professionalism. We have shared and learned a lot from our members over the last 10 years! We think it is time to give our community some extra love by giving them the features they have been asking for.

Example requests:
• Better search
• Way to follow specific users
• Way to watch specific topics
• Improvements that help regular users to find things easier
• .... And the list goes on!

Thanks to the feedback that we have received from our insiders, we have chosen 2 candidates and they are quite different from each other. We want you to tell us which platform you prefer. So please go ahead and take them both out for a test drive for the next 10 days. Make new accounts, make some posts and replies and then come back here and tell us which one you want and why. After ten days we will take your feedback and make our decision.

If you have specific questions about those platforms, please post those questions on that platforms page, not here. Let's please keep this thread for feedback and voting only.

Discourse
This is not a traditional forum. It is a new fresh way of handling communities. It may be a bit confusing at first but try it for a few days before making a decision.
http://ghi.trydiscourse.com/

XenForo
This is very similar to our existing forum but it adds many new features.
http://ghielectronics.com/community2/
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May 10, 2017

Fourth Preview of TinyCLR OS Core Features

Today we are excited to release the fourth preview of our TinyCLR OS. This release fixes a few bugs, adds a few features like a more complete serial API and the Marshal class, and -- most importantly -- lays a lot of internal ground work for something big coming in a future release. So stay tuned!

All you need to do to get going is make sure you have Visual Studio 2017, install the latest extension, update your device's firmware, and drop the new NuGet packages in your local feed. If you're just now getting started with TinyCLR or just want a quick refresh, take a look at the first news post for more information.

Some of the things that exist today in TinyCLR OS:
  • Stable preview firmware for G30, G80, G120, G400, and products based on them
  • GPIO, UART, SPI, I2C, ADC, DAC, PWM, LCD, and signal generation and capture support
  • Full debugging capabilities including breakpoints, source stepping, and variable inspection
  • Support for Visual Studio 2017 and the new Roslyn compiler with an easy install
  • Practically unlimited max allocation size
  • Improved deployment and startup times
  • Better diagnostics support
  • Code in C# and Visual Basic

While this preview includes the core features of TinyCLR OS, there is still a lot to do. Here are a few of the things in progress or under consideration:
  • USB host and client
  • File system
  • More graphics
  • Secure networking
  • Device updates
  • Generics
  • Controller Area Network
  • Runtime Loadable Procedures
  • Improved class library
  • ... and many more!

TinyCLR OS 0.4.0 Download: http://ghielectronics.com/downloads/TinyCLR/TinyCLR.0.4.0.zip
TinyCLR OS Release Notes: https://www.ghielectronics.com/docs/350/tinyclr-os
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April 6, 2017

Third Preview of TinyCLR OS Core Features

Today we are excited to release the third preview of our TinyCLR OS. It adds support for the G400, Visual Basic, and LCDs.

All you need to do to get going is make sure you have Visual Studio 2017, install the latest extension, update your device's firmware, and drop the new NuGet packages in your local feed. If you're just now getting started with TinyCLR or just want a quick refresh, take a look at the first news post for more information.

Some of the things that exist today in TinyCLR OS:
  • Stable preview firmware for G30, G80, G120, G400, and products based on them.
  • GPIO, UART, SPI, I2C, ADC, DAC, PWM, LCD, and signal generation and capture support.
  • Full debugging capabilities including breakpoints, source stepping, and variable inspection.
  • Support for Visual Studio 2017 and the new Roslyn compiler with an easy install.
  • Practically unlimited max allocation size.
  • Improved deployment and startup times.
  • Better diagnostics support.
  • Code in C# and Visual Basic.

While this preview includes the core features of TinyCLR OS, there is still a lot to do. Here are a few of the things in progress or under consideration:
  • USB host and client
  • File system
  • More graphics
  • Secure networking
  • Device updates
  • Generics
  • Controller Area Network
  • Runtime Loadable Procedures
  • Improved class library

TinyCLR OS 0.3.0 Download: http://ghielectronics.com/downloads/TinyCLR/TinyCLR.0.3.0.zip
TinyCLR Release Notes: https://www.ghielectronics.com/docs/350/tinyclr-os
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March 7, 2017

Second Preview of TinyCLR OS Core Features

Today we are excited to release the second preview of our TinyCLR OS. It works great with the community edition of the just-released Visual Studio 2017 from Microsoft. All you need to do to get going is install the latest extension, update your device's firmware, and drop the new NuGet packages in your local feed. If you're just now getting started with TinyCLR or just want a quick refresh, take a look at the first news post and the release notes for more information.

Some of the things that exist today in TinyCLR OS:
  • Stable preview firmware for G30, G80, G120, and products based on them.
  • GPIO, UART, SPI, I2C, ADC, DAC, and PWM peripheral support.
  • Full debugging capabilities including breakpoints, source stepping, and variable inspection.
  • Support for Visual Studio 2017 and the new Roslyn compiler with an easy install.
  • Practically unlimited max allocation size eliminating the need for LargeBuffer and special handling of large bitmaps.
  • Improved deployment and startup times.

While this preview includes the core features of TinyCLR OS, there is still a lot to do. Here are a few of the things in progress or under consideration:
  • USB host and client
  • File system
  • Graphics
  • Secure networking
  • Device updates
  • Signal capture and generator
  • Generics
  • Controller Area Network
  • Runtime Loadable Procedures

Starting with this release, we will be providing more frequent updates -- we want you to be part of making TinyCLR OS the best operating system for embedded devices!

TinyCLR OS 0.2.0 Download: http://ghielectronics.com/downloads/TinyCLR/TinyCLR.0.2.0.zip
TinyCLR Release Notes: https://www.ghielectronics.com/docs/350/tinyclr-os
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December 23, 2016

$1 72-Hour Sale!

Everyone loved the $1 Holy Board last year so we decided to hold a 72 hour $1 sale on several items. Please click here to see this fantastic sale.

Sale Items: https://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/sale
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December 16, 2016

Introducing TinyCLR OS: a new path for our NETMF devices

As you may already know, we recently announced our renewed commitment to Microsoft's .NET Micro Framework (NETMF). Our team is pouring their passion into what they think NETMF should be. Sadly, NETMF is no longer actively maintained by Microsoft. Thankfully though, NETMF's entire source code was released under the Apache 2 license. Due to the breaking changes, trademarks, and copyrights, we are renaming our evolution of NETMF to the TinyCLR Operating System.

GHI Electronics's TinyCLR OS carries all of the improvements found in NETMF 4.4 and forges a new path. For developers, all you need to use TinyCLR OS is a small Visual Studio extension. That is really it! Note that NETMF can still be used side-by-side TinyCLR OS. On the device, you have a choice of loading your device with the NETMF firmware or the new TinyCLR OS firmware.

TinyCLR OS is made for .NET developers. Threading, memory management, timers, even handlers, and everything else you had in NETMF still exists in TinyCLR. As far as the hardware access extensions, TinyCLR OS has a similar API to the Windows 10 IoT Core Extensions API. For example, controlling a pin on a Raspberry PI running Windows 10 is very similar to how pins are now controlled on a FEZ Panda III.

All libraries are downloaded through NuGet. Because of this, there will be no SDK to install or machines to lock to specific versions. Simply use NuGet to download any needed version of any needed library on a per-project basis.

We invite you to try the TinyCLR OS preview today. Again, this is an early preview only but we welcome any feedback. Remember, you do not need to make any changes to your NETMF installation. This preview includes G30 and G80.

As always, we want to make things very easy for you and so today's Tech Talk is an intro to TinyCLR OS:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GrU80FwFMQ


TinyCLR OS 0.1.0 preview: http://ghielectronics.com/downloads/TinyCLR/TinyCLR.0.1.0.zip
TinyCLR Notes: https://www.ghielectronics.com/docs/350/tinyclr
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December 5, 2016

Farewell Gadgeteer

We have a lot of exciting news coming to you this month but today we unfortunately need to part ways with Gadgeteer as we already announced earlier this year. As a courtesy to our valued customers, we are extending the no-minimum-order availability until the end of January, 2017. Also, while Gadgeteer is no longer listed on our website, all Gadgeteer products can be found at https://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/category/265

As stated before, https://www.ghielectronics.com/community/forum/topic?id=23671, we are doing our best to make sure this transition is as smooth as possible. If you have any Gadgeteer needs or plans then please contact us directly as soon as possible using our contact page, https://www.ghielectronics.com/contact

.NET Gadgeteer products: https://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/category/265
Final SDK to support .NET Gadgeteer: https://www.ghielectronics.com/support/netmf/sdk/41/ghi-electronics-netmf-sdk-2016-r1
Gadgeteer Announcement: https://www.ghielectronics.com/community/forum/topic?id=23671
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November 4, 2016

Gadgeteer 3-day Super Blowout Clearance Sale

We recently announced that we are no longer moving forward with Gadgeteer. But we know many users that still love Gadgeteer and they want to add to their toolbox before it is too late. Remember that you can use Gadgeteer without the Gadgeteer framework. In fact, today's Tech Talk is about the Gadgeteer hardware and how it can still be useful in the future.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8v04njcdpAE

So jump right in and get you some awesomely cheap Gadgeteer hardware before it is too late! Everything listed on sale is located at https://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/sale.

We kindly ask you to limit your order to 5 of each. And please remember that order volumes tend to rise during sales and it may take a few extra days to get your order out-the-door. So please be patient with our Distribution Team as they will being doing their best to fulfill orders as quickly as possible.
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October 13, 2016

Renewing our commitment to NETMF!

NETMF has always been a great way to bring the power of .NET and Visual Studio to embedded devices. It allows businesses and makers to use their existing developers and skills to quickly bring their embedded idea to life. This was a technology with many big names and partners involved. The future looked bright.

Now, though, NETMF's future does not seem as bright as it once was. Most involved in the project before have moved on. Issues remain unfixed, progress is slow to non-existent, the difference between modern .NET and Visual Studio grows every day, and there is no clear and official messaging about the future of the project. For a long time, our hands were tied. We only maintained ports to our hardware and added key features for our customers. The important .NET and Visual Studio bits were in the part of the stack maintained by other parties. With no clear messaging about where the project was going and who was supporting it, we were unsure about what we could do or where we could help, so we waited to see what would happen.

This long period of confusion and waiting has hurt what is most important to us: our customers. Now we have decided that we will no longer wait on others. We want to make sure that we deliver a great end user experience. We are taking responsibility to ensure that the entire NETMF experience from install to development and deployment is Fast-and-Easy (FEZ) for our customers. Nothing is off limits and everything is on the table. We want to hear what you think needs to happen to make our new NETMF a compelling and popular platform.

We have our own ideas on what we want to see in our new NETMF too: modern and complete Visual Studio support; consistent and clear versioning and updates; networking, graphics, and native programming that work right; a development workflow that is familiar to modern .NET developers; support for modern .NET constructs like generics, async, and nuget; compelling features and support for embedded targets; and much more. Of course, while we can't promise anything specific today, we do plan to actively engage our corporate customers and the community as we go along.

It's just not NETMF either. The recent changes to the community in the Task Tracker, Codeshare, and forums are part of this too. They're the beginning of improvements coming to the catalog, website, support, documentation, and more. It's still very early and we're hard at work laying the groundwork for what is to come, so stay tuned for more updates and details. We're going to bring the FEZ back into GHI Electronics.
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September 30, 2016

It has arrived, meet BeagleBone™ Black Wireless!

If you couldn't tell by the picture, GHI Electronics has partnered with BeagleBoard.Org Foundation to help with the releasing of BeagleBone™ Black Wireless! That's right the Foundation earlier this week released BeagleBone™ Black Wireless and GHI Electronics was part of the design team while being a manufacturing launch partner. This weekend we will be with BeagleBoard.Org Foundation at the New York Maker Faire to help spread the Beagle Gospel. If you are in New York this weekend please stop by the BeagleBoard.Org Foundation booth in Zone 3 and say "Hi!" to the team!

BeagleBone™ Black Wireless was inspired by the original and game changing BeagleBone™ Black. BeagleBone™ Black Wireless replaces the 10/100 Ethernet port with onboard 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz WiFi and Bluetooth. That right, the extremely popular BeagleBone™ Black computer now comes with built-in wireless networking capability. However, this wasn't the only change, BeagleBone™ Black Wireless now comes equipped with the OSD3358 System in Package (SiP) by Octavo Systems. By using the OSD3358 SiP, BeagleBone™ Black Wireless was designed using CadSoft Eagle making BeagleBone™ Black Wireless easy to modify and create custom designs.

BeagleBone™ Black Wireless Press Release: https://beagleboard.org/blog/2016-09-26-meet-beaglebone-black-wireless/
To Purchase BeagleBone™ Black Wireless: https://beagleboard.org/black-wireless
OSD3358 SiP: http://octavosystems.com/octavo_products/osd335x/
OSD3358 Family of Products: https://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/category/548
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