All posts tagged "framework"
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone Developer" @ 10:16 AM
http://inthehand.com/content/Networking.aspx"Networking in the Hand is a class library which adds missing networking functionality into the .NET Compact Framework 2.0 (and 3.5 Beta). The library is Mobile2Market signed for use on all Windows Mobile devices without any security prompts. Object-Model documentation is installed and merged into your Visual Studio help collection. The library is available to purchase from Handango for $249 with a royalty-free license."
In The Hand releases Networking in the Hand version 2. As stated above, this networking library for Microsoft's .NET Compact Framework adds features that are only present in the full version of the .NET Framework. These features include displaying an AuthenticationDialog to retrieve username/password information from the user, WebClient class for simplifying upload and download of data, Ping and a whole lot more. You can view a full list of features or purchase this library visiting In the Hand's website.
Monday, July 9, 2007
Posted by Kris Kumar in "DEVELOPER" @ 07:30 AM
http://blogs.msdn.com/andrewarnottms/archive/2007/07/02/how-to-write-an-especially-precarious-app-on-net-compact-framework.aspx"As the .NET Compact Framework developers work to add features, fix bugs, and refactor code, we often have to determine whether a given change could break existing customer code. The ideal is that NetCF 3.5 will run all apps that ran on NetCF 2.0 and 1.0. We run hundreds of apps and many, many tests before shipping each product to check backward compatibility. The .NET Framework (both desktop and CF) makes heavy use of internal classes to allow us the freedom to change the internals of the framework without breaking customer code. But there are still ways that customers can write apps that may break on future versions."
A must read for every .NET Framework application developer. Andrew Arnott is providing tips that will help the developers write code that will work well with the current and future versions of the .NET Compact Framework. In case you are not familiar with .NET CF, then you should check out the Getting Started guide on MSDN, and these tutorials.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Posted by Kris Kumar in "SOFTWARE" @ 03:30 AM
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=aea55f2f-07b5-4a8c-8a44-b4e1b196d5c0&DisplayLang=en"The Microsoft� .NET Compact Framework 2.0 SP2 Redistributable contains the common language runtime and class libraries built for the .NET Compact Framework. In addition to supporting version 2.0, it also supports applications developed for version 1.0 and service pack releases before version 2.0. Important: This redistributable enables running .NET Compact Framework applications on the Pocket PC, Pocket PC Phone Edition, Smartphone, and other Windows CE powered devices. To develop .NET Compact Framework applications, Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 or the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 SDK are required."
Microsoft has released Service Pack 2 for the .NET Compact Framework 2.0. The update features a bunch of fixes, check out the Service Pack 2 download page for more details. In case you have the .NET CF 2.0 installed on your Smartphone, then you should download this update and install it on your device. And don't forget, you can install the .NET CF on the storage card. ;-)
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Posted by Kris Kumar in "DEVELOPER" @ 10:45 AM
http://www.vistadb.net/vistadb3.asp"VistaDB 3 is the world's first fully managed and typesafe SQL database engine designed specifically for the Microsoft .NET Framework, Compact Framework environments, Mono and the upcoming release of Microsoft Windows Vista. This page is provided to inform developers about VistaDB 3 key features, benefits and design goals. Most of the features listed on this page are currently code complete in the recently released Community Technology Preview (CTP). ... To maximize integration into the .NET Framework, Compact Framework, 64-bit .NET Framework and Mono, VistaDB 3 has been completely redesigned and redeveloped using Visual C# to be fully managed and typesafe."
Recently we had talked about Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Everywhere Edition,
which is the light weight database solution from the Microsoft camp. In case you are exploring alternatives or are unable to find support for certain features in the Microsoft version, then check out VistaDB 3. I haven't done a comparison between the two, but VistaDB 3 seems to offer a lot of features in a small package. The major difference that I noticed is that unlike VistaDB 3, Microsoft's SQL Everywhere is free. We would like to hear your comments if you have evaluated this database engine.
Sunday, July 9, 2006
Posted by Rocco Augusto in "NEWS" @ 06:00 AM
Paul (MVP) said: "For developers such as myself, the memory requirement of .net CF 2.0 placed upon an already limited resource (particularly on Smartphone) has always been off putting. In fact, to date I have been still developing in .net CF 1.0, purely because of this problem. Installation to Storage Card resolves this issue, and is a very welcome change!"
There are so many programs out there for the Smartphone that I would love to test out and have not touched for the simple fact that they require .Net CF 2.0. On a clean install Microsoft's .Net Compact Framework took up nearly 9MB's of space! Now that we have the option to install the framework to our memory cards I can finally get around to playing with all those programs I have been missing out on. :)
Monday, July 3, 2006
Posted by Kris Kumar in "THE COMPETITION" @ 03:20 PM
http://www.redfivelabs.com/Solutions/tabid/53/Default.aspx"Red Five Labs is about to launch a first public beta of its .NET Compact Framework runtime with class libraries for Symbian OS powered mobile devices. The beta will be compatible with Microsoft's 1.0 Compact Framework for Smartphones, and will run on S60 (previously Series 60) emulators and devices."
.NET CF version 1.0 applications will soon be able to run on Symbian based phones from Nokia and Sony Ericsson. 8O This is great news for Windows Mobile application developers and for the enterprise mobile application developers. They will in the near future be able to write one version of their application and have it run on not only Windows Mobile devices but also Symbian devices. Some might argue that Windows Mobile will lose its unique selling proposition if the Symbian phones started supporting .NET CF; I disagree with that argument. First of all .NET CF version 1.0 is fairly limited and requires the help of the libraries from OpenNETCF.org folks to get anything done. It doesn't seem like Red Five Labs is porting anything other than .NET CF version 1.0 at this time. The second reason is that I feel that the Symbian developers might get lured on to the Windows Mobile devices once they discover the ease of development using the developer tools provided by Microsoft. Right now this announcement sounds like a step in the right direction but a lot of work needs to be done before either side can feel threatened. Share your thoughts with us and in case you are looking for more details, check out the whitepaper [PDF].
Friday, June 23, 2006
Posted by Mike Temporale in "DEVELOPER" @ 01:00 PM
http://blogs.msdn.com/netcfteam/archive/2006/06/21/642013.aspx"Microsoft .NET Compact Framework version 2.0 SP1 release has been completed and is in the process of being released. This service pack was driven customer feedback including improvements in stability, adds new debugging features, extended platform support, and new developer functionality."
The .NetCF2 SP1 is now available for download from Microsoft. Among the list of new features is the ability to store the Global Assembly Cache on the storage card, Remote Performance monitor, Serializable attribute, and a rather long list of bug fixes. Unfortunately, I don't see anything about reducing the overall size of the CF. :( you can read all about it on the .NET CF team blog.
Wednesday, June 7, 2006
Posted by Mike Temporale in "DEVELOPER" @ 06:30 AM
http://www.opennetcf.org/sdf2"We're pleased to announce the Release of the Smart Device Framework (SDF) 2.0 Extensions for Visual Studio. SDF 2.0 is a continuation of our version 1.4 efforts to improve the development experience for Smart Device developers using the Microsoft .NET Compact Framework. SDF 2.0 has a significant number of changes, improvements and enhancement over the previous versions. The compiled binaries for SDF 2.0 are freely downloadable and distributable. The SDF 2.0 Extensions for Visual Studio are an affordable set of plug ins for Visual Studio 2005. They provide full intellisense and designer support for all SDF 2.0 libraries, plus they come with full source code for the entire SDF 2.0."
The guys over at OpenNetCF have done it again. If you're thinking about, or in the middle of doing any development for Windows Mobile, you'll want to check out all the cool things their tools can help you with. I know, some of you are part-time developers of cool Windows Mobile apps. Well, OpenNetCF have not forgotten about your needs. The package is reasonably priced at $50 per developer. Plus, they have made the redistributable freely downloadable and distributable. :D
Monday, June 5, 2006
Posted by Kris Kumar in "DEVELOPER" @ 10:30 AM
http://blogs.msdn.com/melsam/archive/2006/05/29/610252.aspx"I've been using Windows Vista Beta 2 for a few days now. Someone posted a comment on my blog asking how to build a .NET Compact Framework 1.0 application on a Vista machine. It is possible to use Visual Studio 2005 on Vista, but there are a few additional steps if you want to target .NET CF 1.0."
Did you know that .NET Framework 1.1 must be installed on the desktop that is used to develop .NET Compact Framework 1.0 based mobile applications using Visual Studio 2005? :? Since Windows Vista does not include .NET Framework 1.1, developers will run into this problem. Check out Mel Sampat's blog to resolve the problem.
Monday, May 8, 2006
Posted by Kris Kumar in "DEVELOPER" @ 04:30 AM
http://blogs.msdn.com/davidklinems/archive/2006/04/17/577897.aspx"Several months back, I wrote about how to determine whether or not a device supported screen rotation. This post prompted the question of how to programmatically rotate the device..The snippets below check the device's current display orientation. If portrait (Angle0), the orientation is changed to landscape (Angle90). If the device has any orientation other than Angle0, it is changed to portrait. ... For more information on this and other cool settings provided by the Microsoft.WindowsCE.Forms namespace, check out the MSDN documentation for SystemSettings."
David Kline has posted a handy code snippet to rotate the Windows Mobile device's screen orientation. I was hoping to try it out myself but the lazy side of me overpowered me. :) I wonder if triggering this code snippet can permanently change the screen orientation for all the applications or only for the application that calls it. It looks like it will do for all applications. I want to try it so that I can rotate the screen to make my email screen more readable. ;-)
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Posted by Mike Temporale in "DEVELOPER" @ 07:00 AM
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=6548dd53-a418-42d9-a481-19ba3ceca1a6&displaylang=en"The Microsoft� .NET Compact Framework version 2.0 SP1 beta package is the most recent update to the Microsoft .NET Compact Framework and includes everything you need to run applications on devices developed using the .NET Compact Framework."
Beta 1 for the .Net CF 2 Service Pack 1 has been released. This update contains two parts, one for the developers to update Visual Studio 2005, and the other for us to update our Windows Mobile devices with. There is a complete list of updates and bug fixes listed on the .Net Compact Framework Team Blog.
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Posted by Kris Kumar in "DEVELOPER" @ 06:30 AM
http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/tour/vs2005_guided_tour/VS2005pro/Smart_Client/NETCFOverview.htm"The .NET Compact Framework represents a major step forward in providing you with the tools and platform library support for building the next generation of smart device applications. Given that smart devices are expected to proliferate broadly over the next three years, this remains a critical area of development. Key areas of improvement in the .NET Compact Framework 2.0 are enhanced abilities for building user interfaces, a new mobile database engine and associated tools for creating data-centric applications more easily and significantly improved testing and deployment capabilities. In addition there are substantial emulator improvements, new core framework enhancements, and better COM Interop support and Managed Interfaces to D3D."
Microsoft has posted a guided tour of the Visual Studio 2005 based .NET Compact Framework 2.0 development on MSDN. The guide includes a video overview of the enhanced features in .NET CF 2.0, it can be viewed over here.
Thursday, January 12, 2006
Posted by Kris Kumar in "DEVELOPER" @ 07:30 AM
http://geekswithblogs.net/khanna/archive/2006/01/10/65441.aspx"CSLMail is my pet project on which I have been working for past few years. I have recently worked towards updating, feature enhancing and bug-fixing it, resulting in v2.0. CSLMail 2.0 is a free and feature rich .NET based email component, which supports the SMTP and POP3 protocols, completing the need to design a complete email client."
Gaurav Khanna has posted the version 2.0 of the CSLMail, which the developers can use for FREE in their applications that requires to send and receive E-Mails. :-) Looking at the feature set, you can tell that the component is rich in features. So can someone please develop an E-Mail client with support for HTML based E-Mails? ;-)
Monday, December 19, 2005
Posted by Kris Kumar in "DEVELOPER" @ 12:00 PM
http://blogs.msdn.com/stevenpr/archive/2005/12/12/502908.aspx"In the last few weeks I've been working on a series of posts that describes why various design decisions were made when building the .Net Compact Framework CLR. In this first post, I describe the environmental factors that have influenced the design and provide an overview of how the CLR manages memory. Subsequent posts will follow with details on the main design tenants of the JIT compiler, garbage collector, and class loader as well as information about how to analyze the memory usage of your Compact Framework application. Throughout the series I'll be noting design decisions made when building the Compact Framework's CLR that are quite different than those made when building the CLR in the full .Net Framework."
Steven Pratschner has written a comprehensive
tutorial on .NET Compact Framework CLR. You can check out the three part tutorial over here:
� Part 1: Overview and Background
� Part 2: JIT Compiler Design Considerations
� Part 3: Garbage Collector Heap Management
Thursday, December 8, 2005
Posted by Kris Kumar in "DEVELOPER" @ 07:30 AM
http://msdn.microsoft.com/mobility/default.aspx?pull=/library/en-us/dnnetcomp/html/MED204_MSDN_Dev_Multithread_Apps_NETCF2.asp"Learn how to use the great support of the Microsoft .NET Compact Framework 2.0 for managed multithreaded applications�while avoiding much of the complexity that comes with multithreading�in this self-paced hands-on lab. You will learn how to properly create and terminate threads, how to deal with the challenges of updating user interface controls from inside worker threads, and which synchronization objects to use at different times. Upon completion of this lab, you will know how to use the multithreading capabilities of the .NET Compact Framework 2.0 to create well responsive applications targeting Windows CE 5.0 and Windows Mobile�based devices. This is a level 300 lab, and it should take you 45 minutes to complete."
Master the multithreading capabilities of the Microsoft .NET Compact Framework version 2.0 and create applications that are more responsive. In this step-by-step example a Pocket PC based application is used to demostrate the power of multithreading, but the same concepts can be applied to the Smartphone as well. :)
Friday, December 2, 2005
Posted by Kris Kumar in "DEVELOPER" @ 10:45 AM
http://blogs.msdn.com/stevenpr/archive/2005/11/30/498481.aspx"Much has been written about the new technical features available in version 2 of the .Net Compact Framework. In this post, I've tried to take a "higher level" approach by describing the product in terms of the benefits it can bring to a organization. This post is targeted at those who are currently analyzing whether to upgrade from version 1 of the Compact Framework to version 2."
Steven Pratschner works in the .NET Compact Framework team at Microsoft. He has written this detailed and easy to read article for the developers on the advantages of moving to the new .NET Compact Framework 2.0. It is sad that this much improved framework is only available on the Smartphones with Windows Mobile 5.0. :-(
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Posted by Kris Kumar in "DEVELOPER" @ 06:00 AM
http://msdn.microsoft.com/mobility/default.aspx?pull=/library/en-us/dnnetcomp/html/whats_new_netcf2.asp"The .NET Compact Framework version 2.0 offers many improvements over its predecessor, the .NET Compact Framework version 1.0. Although the improvements are widespread, they all focus on the common goals of improving developer productivity, providing greater compatibility with the full .NET Framework and increasing support for device features. This article provides a high-level summary of the .NET Compact Framework 2.0 changes and enhancements."
Jim Wilson has written a brief introduction to the new features in the .NET Compact Framework 2.0. According to the author a more complete technical article will replace this one soon. :-)
Sunday, October 30, 2005
Posted by Kris Kumar in "DEVELOPER" @ 07:45 AM
http://blogs.msdn.com/somasegar/archive/2005/10/27/485665.aspx"Earlier today, we shipped Visual Studio 2005 and .NET Framework 2.0! This is by far the best Visual Studio and .NET Framework release that we have ever done. I am very proud to be a part of the team that did a phenomenal job of delivering this fantastic product. I also want to take this opportunity to thank the community and early adopter customers for their incredible help and invaluable contributions in helping us ship the right product. Later in the day, the final bits will be up on MSDN for our MSDN subscribers around the world to get access to the product. I am looking forward to the product launch on November 7th and all the subsequent launch events around the world."
S. "Soma" Somasegar, corporate vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft, is excited about the release of the RTM version of Visual Studio 2005 and the availability of the .NET Framework 2.0 for download. Visual Studio 2005 RTM can be downloaded by MSDN subscribers from here and if you want to buy this developer software, check out this site. I wish the Express edition supported mobile development. :twisted: Developers will have to buy the more expensive Standard or Professional edition package for writing Windows Mobile 5.0 based applications. Anyone can download the .NET Compact Framework 2.0 from here. And as a reminder I have included the compatibility matrix posted by Robert Levy over at Windows Mobile Team blog.
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Posted by Kris Kumar in "DEVELOPER" @ 12:00 PM
http://blogs.msdn.com/mikezintel/archive/2005/09/29/475506.aspx"The .NET Compact Framework Quality Assurance Team signed off on V2 yesterday. We've been working on this for a long time and I'm excited to get this thing shipped. Soon. I'd like to share some insight into what we've been doing for the last 3 years, and why. The first half of the project cycle is divided into milestones, each about 3 months long, split between a coding and a stabilization phase. Like most of the techniques used to manage multi-person software projects, the goal of milestones is to find and fix bugs early and keep the code in good health."
Mobile developers would be pleased to know that the Microsoft Quality Assurance team has blessed the .NET Compact Framework Version 2.0. Mike Zintel in his blog is talking about the QA process and towards the end has provided some interesting statistics, like this one - "Bugs opened, reviewed and fixed or closed : 11,831."
I would like to remind the developers that .NET CF 2.0 will not be available for Windows Mobile 2003 Smartphones. :-( Developers will have to target the Windows Mobile 5.0 based Smartphones to take advantage of .NET CF 2.0.
Monday, October 17, 2005
Posted by Kris Kumar in "DEVELOPER" @ 11:30 AM
https://blogs.msdn.com/netcfteam/archive/2005/10/11/479793.aspx"Just like other Windows CE applications, .Net Compact Framework V2 (NETCF V2) is distributed as a set of CAB files. This article describes these CABs and discusses potential installation problems as well as ways to solve these problems. ... Each CAB file contains at least one native (CPU dependent) NETCF runtime, CPU independent managed libraries and setup DLL. In some cases CAB file contains more than one native runtimes, each optimized for particular CPU flavor. For example, NETCFv2.wce5.mipsii.cab contains two runtimes, one for MIPS II CPU and another one for MIPS II FP CPU (which has dedicated floating point unit). Correct runtime files are picked at installation time by setup DLL, unused files are discarded to save space."
Ilya Tumanov from the Microsoft .NET Compact Framework team has explained the .NET Compact Framework Version 2.0 distribution packages and the scenarios in which can be applied. I am sure the Smartphone developers know that the version 2.0 of the Compact Framework is not available on Windows Mobile 2003 for Smartphone. In case you didn't, the charts in this article make it clear. ;-)
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