Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio (MRDS) offers an excitingnew wayto program robots in the Windows environment. With keyportions of theMRDS code available in source form, it is readilyextensible and offersnumerous opportunities for programmers andhobbyists. This comprehensivebook illustrates creative ways to usethe tools and libraries in MRDS so you can start buildinginnovative new robotics applications.
The book begins with a brief overview of MRDS and then launchesinto MRDSconcepts and takes a look at fundamental code patternsthat can be used in MRDS programming. You'll work throughexamples—all in C#—of common tasks, including anexamination of the physics features of the MRDS simulator. As thechapters progress, so does the level of difficulty and you'llgradually evolve from navigating a simple robot around a simulatedcourse to controlling simulated and actual robotic arms, andfinally, to an autonomous robot that runs with an embedded PC orPDA.
What you will learn from this book
How to program in the multi-threaded environment provided by theconcurrency and coordination runtime
Suggestions for starting and stopping services, configuringservices, and packaging your services for deployment
Techniques for building new services from scratch and thentesting them
How to build your own simulated environments and robots usingthe Visual Simulation Environment
What robots are supported under MRDS and how to select one forpurchase
Who this book is for
This book is for programmers who are interested in becomingproficient in the rapidly growing field of robotics. All examplesfeatured in the book are in C#, which is the preferred language forMRDS.
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Trevor Taylor is a consultant in the field of roboticseducation. After 20 years in the IT industry, including co -founding a consulting company that became a Microsoft SolutionProvider Partner, he moved to the Queensland University ofTechnology in 2002. For six years he taught a variety of subjects,including Visual Basic and Web development using ASP.NET. Duringthis period he also worked part - time on a doctorate in computervision and robotics. In early 2008, Trevor left QUT to concentrateon developing course materials for teaching robotics and to finishwriting his thesis. Trevor has worked with MRDS since the veryfirst Community Technology Preview in June 2006 and is an activeand well - known contributor to the community.