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  • Hi, I'm wondering what the typical learning curve is for MSRS for a technically competent individual.  How long did it take any of you to become proficient with the software tools?

    I need to create a real-time animation of a robot I am running.  The simulated robot must move based on motion data from the physical system's sensors.  I have basic programming skills in C and C++.  I'm wondering if MSRS is a good choice for accomplishing this, and how many man-hours it would take to set it up, including learning to use the software.

    Thanks!
    Thursday, January 24, 2008 10:15 PM

Answers

  • Hi, Robotics Studio works very well when you want to have a lot of abstraction in your application. For example your simulated robot doesn’t care where the motion data are coming from, they just need to match to understand what to do with those data. There are some C++/CLI examples but to learn the programming model well I recommend you to take a look at the C# samples. For me it took about three weeks to feel comfortable with the coding patterns of CCR [1] which is the parallel programming runtime of MSRS and extends into DSS services. I suggest you start with CCR first and then start reading Service Tutorials [2]. It may also take a week or two depending on how much time you spend daily and after that you should be able to create your own services. From there learning VPL and Sim should be easy and fun.

    [1] http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb905447.aspx

    [2] http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb896702.aspx

    Friday, January 25, 2008 5:11 AM

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  • Hi, Robotics Studio works very well when you want to have a lot of abstraction in your application. For example your simulated robot doesn’t care where the motion data are coming from, they just need to match to understand what to do with those data. There are some C++/CLI examples but to learn the programming model well I recommend you to take a look at the C# samples. For me it took about three weeks to feel comfortable with the coding patterns of CCR [1] which is the parallel programming runtime of MSRS and extends into DSS services. I suggest you start with CCR first and then start reading Service Tutorials [2]. It may also take a week or two depending on how much time you spend daily and after that you should be able to create your own services. From there learning VPL and Sim should be easy and fun.

    [1] http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb905447.aspx

    [2] http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb896702.aspx

    Friday, January 25, 2008 5:11 AM
  • Thanks for that advice, Omid.  Anyone else also have any input?
    Friday, January 25, 2008 2:25 PM