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  • Blog Post: On-demand version of my SqlMobile webcast now available

    For those who couldn't join my webcast yesterday, "Exploring the Inner Workings of a Database-Driven Application Built with Visual Basic and SQL Server Mobile Edition", it's now available on-demand from MSDN at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=44152 . The presentation went really well, and the...
  • Blog Post: Code Snippet for CameraCaptureDialog

    Here's a code snippet for using the camera capture dialog. To use this snippet save it to a text file called "CameraCaptureDialog.snippet" and put it in your My Documents\Visual Studio 2005\VB\My Code Snippets folder. <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <CodeSnippets xmlns=" http://schemas...
  • Blog Post: Code Snippet for getting a record from a binding source

    For those who attended my SqlMobile webcast today, here is the code snippet I used to get the current record for a binding source. You may have to update the name of the bindingSource variable to match the name used in your application. To use this snippet save it to a text file called ".snippet" and...
  • Blog Post: Code Snippet for ChooseContactDialog

    Below is the source for the ChooseContactDialog that I mentioned during my webcast on SqlMobile development. To use this snippet save it to a text file called "ChooseContactDialog.snippet" and put it in your My Documents\Visual Studio 2005\VB\My Code Snippets folder. <?xml version="1.0" encoding...
  • Blog Post: MyDVDCollection sample code now available

    If you attended my session at MEDC 2005 (Exploring the Dirty Details of Building a Database Driven Application using VB and SQL Mobile) and want to mess around with the sample application on your own, now you can! The sample code is now posted at GotDotNet: http://www.gotdotnet.com/Workspaces/releases...
  • Blog Post: Filming for The Code Room

    I spent all day today on location as part of the filming process for an episode of The Code Room . Hop on over to my MEDC2005 space for a picture and some details. [Author: Neil Enns]
  • Blog Post: Prepping for the BillG Keynote at MEDC

    I've been tapped to get up on stage with BillG at MEDC 2005 to show off a bunch of new Visual Studio stuff. Eek. I'm blogging about the experience over in a new MSN Space, which hopefully be able to fill up with a ton of pictures of the prep work. My latest post is about how I'm going to ensure a flawless...
  • Blog Post: Jeff's better off as a developer...

    Jeff was quite taken with my pink hair yesterday and decided to show off his artistic skill. This lovely piece of, uh, art, is now on the whiteboard in my office: It's a good thing Jeff doesn't draw for a living. [Author: Neil Enns]
  • Blog Post: My kingdom for a GUID

    I've never encountered this issue before, but apparently there's no NewGuid() method in .NET CF v1. Peter Foot, one of our MVPs, has written a little class that will generate a GUID for you with a simple P/Invoke. [Author: Neil Enns]
  • Blog Post: We hit our goals (or, why my hair is pink)

    I challeged my feature team a couple of weeks ago to hit their (agressive!) bug goal for 10/15. Much to my hair's chagrin, they made it. [Author: Neil Enns]
  • Blog Post: New mobility articles are up on MSDN

    Three new articles on developing for Windows Mobile devices just went live on MSDN. One of them is the first in a series on migrating eVB applications to VB.NET. Architecting Disconnected Mobile Applications Using a Service Oriented Architecture The Windows Mobile platform, which includes Microsoft ...
  • Blog Post: What tools do I need to develop for Pocket PC and Smartphone?

    Robert's posted a nice little write-up over at the Windows Mobile blog on the different tools available for developing apps on Pocket PC and Smartphone devices. This is a bit of a tricky subject, since depending on the release of Windows Mobile you're targeting the tools can be quite different. His chart...
  • Blog Post: Forceful home screens on Smartphone devices

    Another great question from the Smartphone developer newsgroup today. The gist of it is: "Why does the Smartphone home screen pop in front of my application every 10 minutes, and how can I stop it?" The Smartphone Home screen pops forward after the device hasn't detected any user input for 10 minutes...
  • Blog Post: Windows Mobile Platform Migration FAQ

    MSDN has a new article up on migrating your application from one Windows Mobile version to another. To ensure we are providing maximum information to our developer community, this article addresses a few of the most common issues and frequently asked questions (FAQs) around migrating between devices...
  • Blog Post: Accessing Connection Manager through .NET CF

    Every so often someone asks on either an internal alias or our public newsgroup about the right way to establish a data connection using the Compact Framework. Most of the time you don't have to do this since many of the built-in classes will bring up the connection automatically, but sometimes it's...
  • Blog Post: Generating compressed CABs for Pocket PC and Smartphone

    At a partner event yesterday I was asked if it was possible to generate compressed CAB files for Smartphone and Pocket PC. It turns out the answer is yes and no. All Smartphone devices support compressed CAB files, and cabwizsp.exe (the tool for creating Smartphone CABs) generates compressed CAB files...
  • Blog Post: Which CPU type for Smartphone development?

    Over in the news:microsoft.public.smartphone.developer newsgroup today someone asked a common question: "When I'm developing for Smartphone in eVC, which processor should I select?". The answer is straightforward: ARMv4. All Pocket PC and Smartphone devices since 2000 use the ARMv4 processor. The only...
  • Blog Post: And now for something completely different

    This has absolutely nothing to do with Mobile Device Development :) Over at the Microsoft Typography website is a fascinating paper on The Science of Word Recognition . If you thought we recognised words by their shape, think again! It's a great paper to read while you're sipping your afternoon coffee...
  • Blog Post: Secure Windows Mobile Development and Deployment

    Chung Webster's written a new article for MSDN about security and development on Windows Mobile devices: This article looks at what development and deployment security options are available for the Pocket PC and Smartphone, including Public Key Infrastructure, Email with Exchange Server, Virtual Private...
  • Blog Post: Having trouble with USB connectivity?

    An update for WindowsXP was just released that resolves an issue with USB device connectivity to USB 2.0 ports. In particular this can affect Pocket PCs if you power-cycle them while they're connected. Here's the writeup from the KB article: When you connect a Pocket PC handheld device to a USB 2.0 hub...
  • Blog Post: Access the HTC cameras from your app!

    One of the most requested features on the Smartphone developer newsgroups is for a camera API. We're working on one for the next release of Smartphone, but until then check out the new wrapper released by the folks at OpenNETCF.org. Neil Cowburn has a managed wrapper that works on any HTC device that...
  • Blog Post: Test driven development for mobile devices

    A guy named Trey has a great blog up that talks about all sorts of interesting device development topics, including some posts on doing test driven development. If you're familiar with NUnit for the desktop, Trey's got some version 0.1 code for running NUnit tests on the compact framework. Pretty cool...
  • Blog Post: Programming against Windows Media Player on Smartphone and Pocket PC

    “Where are the APIs for programming Windows Media Player on Smartphone?“ This question has come up a couple of times in recent weeks on news:microsoft.public.smartphone.developer . Unfortunately the answer is “there isn't one at the moment”. None of the Windows Mobile 2002...
  • Blog Post: Catching the Smartphone back and softkeys in managed code

    Someone asked in news:microsoft.public.smartphone.developer over the weekend about the correct way to trap the back key when writing a managed application for Smartphone devices. Ali responed with a link to a great article on gotdotnet that walks through the process. Basically, you add an event handler...
  • Blog Post: New .NET Mobile Developer articles are posted

    Fresh off the, uh, press. Enjoy! Northwind Pocket Service: Field Service for Windows Mobile-Based Pocket PC Learn about enterprise mobile solution business aspects and how to develop mobile enterprise applications for Windows Mobile 2003-based Pocket PCs using Visual Studio .NET, .NET Compact Framework...
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