Previously, I have used the Netduino & FEZ Panda II devices with SeeedStudio Grove Twigs which have quite a different development experience to the Gadgeteer model. The drag ‘n’ drop of components onto the design canvas and the automagic wiring up is neat. But, I’m not certain if this level of abstraction is a benefit or an impediment for more complex projects? I find the way the sockets are labelled and used a bit awkward compared to the Netduino etc.
I can see how those new to the platform could get something up and running quickly which is a real positive. I need to spend more time with the Gadgeteer tools to make sure I am using them in the way they were meant to be used rather than fighting them.