Archive for April, 2016

Why I’m writing this blog

Before going too far into the specific of Windows 10 Core IoT, I should define the guidelines of what I am trying to achieve with this blog.

As with any project, this blog needs objectives. Objectives helps guide development. They should be used to validate what you do on the project. And they can ultimately be used to identify success or failure.

Here are my objectives:

  1. Explore and learn the many different aspects of IoT. Form device building to cloud integration to user interfaces, there are a wide variety of IoT related subjects I want to explore.
  2. Leverage my software development knowledge to put together a system(s) and create re-usable components that will be useful for the development of IoT devices and infrastructure.
  3. Promote programming best practices and leverage OOP to build sound software systems to control IoT devices.
  4. Help other developers get started or do more with IoT.

As with any vision, I expect these objectives to evolve over time. But I think it should be enough get us started.

 

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Setting up Visual Studio 2015 for Windows 10 IoT Core development

I found that a good place to get started with the Windows 10 Iot Core is on the Microsoft developer’s site:

https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/iot/win10/adafruitwelcome

This site provided a good introduction and provides a section on prepping your PC. So I can get started on this right away.

Set up your PC page

https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/iot/win10/kitsetuppcrpi

The setup was fairly simple for me as I already have Windows 10 and Visual Studio 2015 installed. So I went through the check list quickly:

  1. Windows 10 (10.0.10240 +) Check
  2. Install Visual Studio 2015 Check
  3. VS 2015 Update 1 and + Check
  4. Validate Visual Studio 2015 (14.0.24720.00) Check/Done
  5. Install IoT Core Project Templates (Tools > Extensions and Update > Online) Done
  6. Enable developer mode on Windows 10 device. Done

There are a couple of important things to know:

On step 4 you may need to Add the Visual Studio Tools for Universal Windows Apps if they are not already installed. To add this to Visual Studio do this follow:

  1. Control Panel -> Programs and Features
  2. Select your installation of Microsoft Visual Studio 2015
  3. Right click Change
  4. Select Modify in the Installer
  5. Select Features > Windows and Web Development > Universal Windows App Development Tools
  6. Click Update / Install.
  7. This may take a while…

For step 5, the step are:

  1. In Visual Studio click Tools > Extensions and Update > Online
  2. Type IoT in the search box
  3. Select Windows IoT Core Project Templates

For step 6, this is about turning off the nagging screen whenever you run a Universal application from Visual Studio. You can read the full instructions. The steps are basically:

  1. From the Windows Start Menu
  2. Settings. Choose Update & security
  3. Choose For developers
  4. Select Developer mode
  5. Read the disclaimer and click Yes

Set up  your  Raspberry Pi 2 page

https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/iot/win10/kitsetuprpi

If we continue on the setting up the Setting up  your  Raspberry Pi 2 page. They download an install the IoT Dashboard tool. I decided to download this and install it right now.

Conclusion

We are now ready to go once I receive the Raspberry Pi.

Next we will start looking at code and examples.

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