Visual Studio For Devices

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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: Sample code for the MSDN Webcast: Creating Custom Controls for Managed Code with Design Time Support in Visual Studio 2005

    A few day back Xin had presented a WebCast on MSDN Webcast: Creating Custom Controls for Managed Code with Design Time Support in Visual Studio 2005. The demo code and additional information can be downloaded from here .
  • Blog Post: Feb CTP and Device Development

    If you are a device developer (or evaluating device development in VS 2005) please continue to use the November CTP for that. Information on November CTP and the patches needed is also in given our blog below. Thanks Amit Chopra
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2005 and developing for CE based devices

    A number of people have been trying to get this information on newsgroups and other means so I thought it would be nice to put a blog to provide an answer to CE support question. VS2005 will support both Managed (VB,C#) and Native Development (C++) for devices. We support Windows Mobile 2003 and 2003...
  • 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: Using Visual Studio 2005 to debug against Windows CE 5.0 devices without using ActiveSync

    We got a few posts from customers asking us on how best to debug a Windows CE 5.0 device without using Active Sync. Edward Xu, who is a Software Design Engineer/Test in our group, put together this information that will be useful in this regards. This information only applies to the Visual Studio 2005...
  • Blog Post: 'The Device Bits in December CTP are older than November CTP' - How and Why does this happen ?

    I recently responded to a customer's question with a note saying that the device bits in the December CTP are older than the November CTP. I am sure the next logical question people would have in mind would be - how and why would that happen. I'll make an attempt at explaining why even a newer CTP could...
  • Blog Post: A Patch for the November CTP (VS 2005, Standard)

    http://download.microsoft.com/download/1/1/6/116F9AB8-BEBE-425D-A81E-0603BCE6DA2E/SmartDeviceProject.msi If you build a managed VB or C# .NET CF Application using the November CTP and then press F5 or CRTL+F5 to deploy the application, currently it fails to deploy. This patch will enable you to deploy...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: .NET CF team has their team blog up

    The .NET CF team just launched their team blog . Between that blog, this blog, and the Windows Mobile blog everyone should now have a plethora of RSS feeds to read on the latest in mobile devices and device development. :) They've gone with a lovely shade of green as well for their skin. It complements...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: OpenNETCF.org releases v1.2 of their framework

    The fine folks at OpenNETCF.org released version 1.2 of their framework today. It's a fantastic add-on to the .NET Comapct Framework that adds all sorts of great new controls and class libraries to ease device development. Here's what's new in this release, according to their press release: “New...
  • Blog Post: Where do you wish you could extend Visual Studio?

    Welcome to the Visual Studio for Devices team blog :) One of my first projects in my new role is to think about extensibility in Visual Studio as it relates to devices and device projects. In using previous versions of Visual Studio where do you wish you could hook into it to make your device development...
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