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  • Blog Post: VS 2005 SP1 is now available !

    Yes VS 2005 SP1 is now available for download. Here are some useful links I wanted to share. VSTS patches download http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=bb4a75ab-e2d4-4c96-b39d-37baf6b5b1dc&DisplayLang=en Express patches download http://www...
  • Blog Post: FAQ:Remote Spy Error

    If you try to use Remote Spy that shipped with Beta 2, you will get this error The specified service does not exisit as an installed service. There is a bug in Beta 2 that prevents Remote Spy from working. No workaround at this point. Thanks Amit
  • Blog Post: FAQ:Where are the setup logs stored ?

    If you have run into any setup failure, the first thing you should do is save the logs. The Logs for Visual Studio 2005 are stored in the following place. In addition to this, if the Device Emulator setup failed or you are getting that Virtual Machine Network Driver is not installed then you aslo need...
  • Blog Post: FAQ:I just install Beta 2 (after un-installing the previous version) ...

    And I get one of these these errors: "The system cannot find the path specified." or "Cannot connect to device 0x80070003" or The Smart Device Smartphone Package ({CC199C95-8D28-4A1D-B4BC-760E4E4CEE5B}) did not load because of previous errors. For assistance, contact the package vendor. To attempt...
  • Blog Post: FAQ: Where are the remote tools ?

    Beta 2 of Visual Studio does include the Remote Tools though they don't show up in the Visual Studio IDE. To get to them go to Start -> All Programs -> Microsoft Visual Studio Beta 2 -> Visual Studio Remote Tools and all the Tools are listed there. You can also add them to the Tools Menu...
  • Blog Post: FAQ:I get the error -Connection failed. The current version of ActiveSync is not supported. Install the latest version from www.microsoft.com

    Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2, will not work with Version 3.7 or 3.8 of Active Sync. We are in the process of making a later version available shortly and as soon as the download sites has it, I will update this page from where you can download it. Thanks Amit Chopra We are looking at second week...
  • Blog Post: VS2003 and Device Development

    This came up on one of the C# Frequently Asked Questions site where a customer was unable to determine if the standard SKU for Visual Studio 2003 supported Device development or not. Smart device development is available in all editions of Visual Studio .NET 2003: Visual Studio .NET 2003 Professional...
  • 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: 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: 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: Switching Emulator Skins in Visual Studio 2003/eVC

    The Windows Mobile guys got a question on their blog this morning about changing the skin on our current shipping emulators so they look like different devices. Here's what Larry had to say about it: The emulator engine is actually included in eVC and Visual Studio .NET 2003 - when you install the SDK...
  • Blog Post: Localizing native Smartphone applications

    Over in the news:microsoft.public.smartphone.developer newsgroup someone asked how to localize the application name that appears in the program list. This is really not an obvious thing to do, and I know we documented it once but I couldn't find the information. A fellow named Riki, however, posted...
  • Blog Post: What's new in Smart Device Projects in Visual Studio 2005

    We've recently posted an overview of “What's New” in VS 2005 for device developers... check it out at: http://msdn.microsoft.com/vs2005/teams/devices/whatsnew/default.aspx [Author: Ori Amiga]
  • Blog Post: Running code during application installation

    A pretty common question on our developer newsgroups is how to run code during the installation of an application to Pocket PC or Smartphone. This can be particularly helpful on uninstall where you need to remove files that are created by your application at run time, rather than install time. Setup...
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