Half the battle when getting started with Netduino and other
.NET Micro Framework devices, is finding out what's out there.
Sadly, for many of us, the local full-service electronics shop is
no longer (or is so watered down with normal consumer fluff, that
they have no room for geek bits). Here's my list of on-line stores
I frequent when looking for new project electronics for my .NET
Micro Framework work.
In no particular order, here are some of the sites I've found
Spark Fun Electronics http://sparkfun.com/
Spark Fun has a ton of neat stuff, including a fair number of
arcade-type buttons and joysticks, Zune and iPod breakout boards,
and much more. You can spend a fair bit of time browsing through
this store, filling your shopping cart.
Robot Shop http://robotshop.com
This is a great place for servo and stepper control, motors,
sensors and all things robotic. They have super high-end robots and
tiny little robot kits. If your focus is robots and/or motion
control, you'll want to check this place out.
DF Robot http://www.dfrobot.com
Another place with lots of components. While also robot-centric,
you'll find plenty here to keep your microcontroller busy for other
The first site I went to. Make magazine (subscribe if you don't
already get it) is the classic, and this site is the associated
retail outlet. You'll find a good bit of stuff here, especially
when it comes to odd kits. This is one of the places where the
Netduino is sold.
This is the FEZ site by GHI electronics. GHI creates a bunch of really
nice .NET MF boards ranging from mini and arduino-compatible
boards all the way up to super capable boards with 12mb memory,
codecs and more. You'll also find a bunch of add-ons, sensors,
shields and more on their site.
This is the place where I buy all my discrete
components and connectors. Their on-line catalog is really good
(hey, the enhanced catalog was even written with Silverlight). I
order more through here than any other store. However, I don't
order Netduino/Arduino shields or robot parts from them. For those
things, I have the other stores to turn to.
Digikey is an alternative to Mouser. However, I really dislike
their web site, so I never really do any business there.
There are, of course, tons of other places. I've ordered things
like LCDs in one-off orders on sites I've long since forgotten
about. In addition, this list is very North America-centric. Please
your own recommendations in the comments below.