I have posted the slide deck and sample code used during my Introduction to Microsoft Robotics Studio with Lego NXT session given at the Tech Valley Code Camp on April 19, 2008. Thanks to all who attended my session and the camp. Looking forward to the next one...
Where have I been?
Sadly, nowhere good.
My father passed away extremely unexpectedly on March 4, 2008 and life has been hectic and chaotic ever since. I'm finally back into some sort of routine, so it's time to update here and explain what's going on outside of the unpleasantness.
First off, I've been contracted to co-author a book for O'Reilly (tentatively) titled Coding4Fun with Dan Fernandez from Microsoft. The book will be a compendium of 10 (give or take) projects that, as the title suggests, combine fun and coding. I'll update as we go through the process.
Secondly, I'll be presenting a session titled Introduction to Microsoft Robotics Studio with Lego NXT at the Tech Valley Code Camp this Saturday, April 19th.
I have published my latest article on MSDN's Coding4Fun titled "Microsoft Robotics Studio and Lego Mindstorms NXT". This article will demonstrate how to use Microsoft Robotics Studio v1.5 to drive a robot built using Lego Mindstorms NXTwith an Xbox 360 Controller in C#, VB.NET and MSRS' included Visual Programming Language.
Well, if you attended my session, you know that something broke with MSRS and connecting to the NXT hardware. Just so I can prove I'm not a total idiot, I'm sitting outside the session room right now and, of course, everything is working happily. I downloaded MSRS, did a "Repair" installation, and everything magically came back to life. <sigh> Oh well.
Anyway, I hope everyone was able to get something out of the session even if you didn't see the 'bot move.
As promised, I have posted the source code (C#, VPL) and the PowerPoint presentation. You can get the materials here. If you have any comments, questions,