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  • Blog Post: Video: CE 6 – Wave your hand to change picture frame images

    We recently posted the CE 6.0 Virtual PC Binary BSP to the MSDN Code Gallery – I wanted to build something interesting using the Virtual PC BSP, so decided to build the obvious digital picture frame application with a twist. Virtual PC supports serial input either from a physical COMx port on your development...
  • Blog Post: A new Embedded Blog – Fun with embedded development

    David Shoemaker, a developer in the CE shell team has started a new blog on MSDN called Fun with Embedded Development – David plans to build something based on one of the SPARK kits It sound like this will be an interesting project – here’s what David is going to cover… Device working, get an OS image...
  • Blog Post: News from Embedded Systems West keynote.

    There were a number of interesting announcements made at the ESC West keynote yesterday – Kevin Dallas, general manager of the Windows Embedded Business presented the general session. Here’s a list of the announcements. MSDN Embedded Subscription Windows Embedded joins the list of existing MSDN Subscriptions...
  • Blog Post: IE8 – Visual Studio Smart Device project issues.

    The Visual Studio team have blogged about an issue with Visual Studio 2005/2008 after installing IE8 ( Here’s a link to the blog article ). I’ve seen this issue when creating a Smart Device project in Visual Studio 2008, the fix is very simple, a change to your desktop registry. - Mike
  • Blog Post: Compact Framework – Understanding GC/Memory management

    Abhinaba from the .NET Compact Framework team has been writing a series of blog posts on the subject of Compact Framework, understanding memory allocation, garbage collection, mark/sweep vs. generational collection, and more to come! Here’s a link to the articles – and to Abhinabas blog homepage – I...
  • Blog Post: CE6 - Capturing .NET Compact Framework application statistics.

    You’ve just finished writing the worlds most amazing .NET Compact Framework application running on Windows Embedded CE 6.0, the application does everything apart from making a nice cup of hot tea. But how well does the application perform? Writing .NET code is great, the class libraries make you super...
  • Blog Post: Want to learn C#? - Get the yellow book.

    Rob Miles has posted a PDF of his C# Yellow Book on his blog - if you are new to managed programming or the C# language then this 185 page PDF file is for you. - Mike
  • Blog Post: What is Windows CE ? - Here's Dion with the answer.

    Here's Dion Hutchings, Technical Product Manager describing Windows CE in only 5 minutes (but only if you play the video at 1.4x speed!) 5 Minutes to understand Windows Embedded CE - Mike
  • Blog Post: GigaPixel Panorama - Windows CE, ICOP eBox - Cool!

    Here's another really cool project from Georgia Institute of Technology - the GigaPixel Panorama project - the project page has more information about the project and an image that clearly shows the ICOP eBox. - Mike
  • Blog Post: Slides from ESC Boston now available online.

    Olivier Bloch has just posted all of the session slides from ESC Boston online – here’s the blog post and session listing . Here are the two sessions I presented: Develop the next generation of Windows Embedded CE applications using Visual Studio and .Net or native code This demo heavy breakout session...
  • Blog Post: The joys of late night O/S and application debugging…

    ESC East is just a couple of weeks out and I’m busy working on my session content, and demos – one of the demos I’m working on is a native code connected digital picture frame that consumes an RSS/XML feed from http://demofeed.frameit.com pulls down images, and then displays the images. The demo won...
  • Blog Post: CE6 – Instant SDK?

    I’m busy bashing out my Win32 code for the “choose an API” session at ESC East, I’m using Visual Studio 2005/Platform Builder to build/deploy/debug/test my CE 6.0 image, and have a couple of choices for application development. Write a Win32 C/C++ application as a “subproject” in Platform Builder – this...
  • Blog Post: Which API should I use? – Using the .NET Compact Framework.

    A couple of days ago I published an article which talked about a session I’m presenting at ESC East on choosing an API for your embedded device – The plan is to show building a FrameIt enabled Picture Frame (RSS Feed with image enclosures). The application has three parts. Pull down the FrameIt XML feed...
  • Blog Post: .NET Micro Framework Competition – Dare to dream different challenge.

    The .NET Micro Framework team are running a competition called the Dare to dream different challenge . Like most competitions there are a number of rounds, as follows. Round 1 – Submit your idea (October 8th – December 15th 2008) Round 2 – Create a working prototype (January 15th – March 31st 2009) Round...
  • Blog Post: Q: Which API should I use?

    I’m going to be presenting a couple of sessions at ESC East, Boston October 26th-30th (both of my sessions are on Tuesday, 28th October). One of the sessions covers the topic of “Which API should I use” for an embedded device, for the session I will be building a digital picture frame based on CE 6.0...
  • Blog Post: More CE6 books than you can shake a stick at!

    Another CE6 book is getting ready to be released - the book is called Professional Microsoft Windows Embedded CE 6.0 (ISBN: 978-0-470-37733-8) and is written by Samuel Phung who works at ICOP who are also part of the Windows Embedded CE 6.0 SPARK program Other books/content that might be interesting...
  • Blog Post: .NET Micro Framework v3.0 Beta SDK and 3.0 Features.

    The .NET Micro Framework team have made a Beta of the .NET Micro Framework 3.0 available to download from the Microsoft Connect Site ( more information on the NETMF team blog ) What's new and interesting with v3.0 I hear you ask... The list of features planned for the v3.0 release can be found here and...
  • Blog Post: Bloggers: Come meet Olivier Bloch and Mike Hall at TechEd 2008 (bloggers lounge)

    Olivier Bloch and Mike Hall (me) will be in the bloggers lounge at TechEd 2008 (Developers) on the following days and time. June 3 10:00-11:00 Mike Hall/Olivier Bloch If you have questions about embedded operating system development, or application development then come on over and lets have a chat!...
  • Blog Post: Mikes content at TechEd 2008 Developers.

    I'm going to be at TechEd 2008 Developers next week, in Sunny old Florida (sunny and very humid). There are two sessions that I'm presenting, and a bunch of embedded sessions where I will be "lurking" to answer questions. The two sessions are: Wednesday June 4th, 10:15am, Room S230G Become a Windows...
  • Blog Post: Smart Device Development Chat (Windows Embedded and Windows Mobile)

    Please join experts from the Windows Mobile, Windows CE, SQL Server CE and .NET Compact Framework communities in a chat around application development for smart devices. These chats are a great opportunity to have your questions answered by experts from around the world. ----------------------------...
  • Blog Post: EQATEC: .NET Compact Framework Application Profiler

    Building an application for a mobile or embedded device is a different experience to developing on the desktop, you are usually building your application code to target a remote device (rather than running on a desktop PC [although you can of course use the Windows CE or Windows Mobile emulators!]) ...
  • Blog Post: RoboChamps competition is open for business!

    Today the RoboChamps web site goes live - RoboChamps is an extremely interesting competition, you, the developer, get to play with Visual Studio (Express or above), Robotics Developer Studio 2008, and some amazing simulation environments (Maze solving, Mars Rover, RoboChamps City, Rescue Environment...
  • Blog Post: FAQ: CE 6.0 and Visual Studio 2005/2008

    I seem to be getting quite a number of questions related to CE 6.0 and Visual Studio 2005/2008 - so here's the story... Developers building Windows CE based devices fall into one of two groups, you are either an operating system developer, or an application developer (and yes, you could be both). 1....
  • Blog Post: Windows CE for the hobbyist - thoughts, comments?

    At the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose last week the " Spark your Imagination " program was launched - This gives non-professional developers (ok, so you might be a professional developer by day, but just like Clark Kent have an embedded hobbyist developer inside you just waiting to get out)...
  • Blog Post: Book: Expert .NET Micro Framework

    Jens Kühner has just completed a book called "Expert .NET Micro Framework" Here's the Book Description (from Jens blog). Book Description: The Microsoft .NET Micro Framework is a small and efficient .NET runtime environment used to run managed code on embedded devices that are too small and resource...
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