Unfortunately I found out about this project much too late. I first signed up on Nov, 10, 2019. I not even sure I will have phase 1 completed before the dead line but I figure what the heck, I am going to keep plugin away at it

 

So I order the kit and got it and got though the first two blogs on setting it up and getting it connected. I determined a project that I wanted to accomplish and order the parts. I am hoping that maybe the date for phase two will somehow get pushed out. If not I will have a cool project to complete.

 

So a little about my background, I am 54 old male from Strongsville, OH that works as a software developer. I mainly work with database and back end stuff so this is far from my wheel house.

At work I develop in C# not C, so will see if I can remember enough about programming or how difficult it really is. Over the years I have used Basic, Pascal, C, VB, & C#. But never really worked this closely with hardware and embedded software but when I learned of this project I was intrigued.

 

So here we are on the day of the deadline and I still not complete with my project. Although I can say I learned a lot. My biggest problem was not being familiar with c and c++ as it was back in college that I used these languages. When I used the Visual Studio templates it just created folders and not actually projects like I am used to. I finally found an example that had projects so I stripped it out of all its code and got mine wired up with the code that I wanted. I had one project for my code and one library project for the Click Board but I would always have trouble getting the linker to link them correctly. I really wish I could have done this in C# so much easier in my opinion. Another issue I learned is that Micro Electronica that I order the click board from has a MIKROESDK but I am not sure that supports the AVNET Azure Sphere MT-3620 board and I didn't know enough about defining my own constants to work with it.

 

Anyhow my project was going to be a Fermentation Temp watcher that could monitor the temperature of your home-brew and report that to an Azure IOT hub. Then I could either have a web page to go to while at work or send email message if certain criteria are met that could be dangerous to the fermentation, for example if temperature got to hot. Eventually this might used to control a relay that would click on a cooler which would pump cold water through stainless steel lines immersed in the fermenting beer to get the temperature back in the optimal range.

 

Anyway good luck to all the contestants, and if anyone has any idea or have constants defined in the file I need for my MCU let me know.

 

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