MVP chat: Device Application Development with Visual Studio 2005

MSDN will be hosting a series of chats on Device Application Development using Visual Studio 2005.  OpenNETCF will also be there to answer any questions on the Smart Device Framework.  Check MSDN Chats for all dates on this topic and other topics.

October 10, 2006
10:00 – 11:00 A.M. Pacific time
Additional Time Zones

Please join us for this live online chat with some of our Device Application Development MVPs! You’ve seen them in the newsgroups, you’ve heard them speaking at events, you’ve read their technical articles and books, so come and chat with them! This chat will cover the .NET Compact Framework and the Smart Device Programming features of Visual Studio. If you target your applications for Windows Mobile or Windows Embedded devices, please attend and feel free to bring along your Smart Device Framework questions also as OpenNETCF will be well represented in this chat.

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Smart Device Framework 2.0 Extensions for Visual Studio

We at OpenNETCF have released Smart Device Framework 2.0.  You will notice that we have added ‘Extensions for Visual Studio’ to the name because it is tightly integrated with Visual Studio 2005 and to distiguish it from the free SDF 2.0.

We have also updated the free version to keep it inline with SDF2.0 Extensions for VS.  If you have been using the free version of SDF2.0 here are a list of changes from the date of release.

June 6, 2006
OwnerDrawnList – Resolved design time error when control was dropped onto form from toolbox
SmartList – Resolved design time bug where the SmartList size was 0,0
ColorDialog – Added bitmap image to be used instead of the default cog
Environment2 – Changed GetFolderPath to not throw exception (desktop consistency). Added some new SpecialFolder constants defined in WM5.0 (and present in desktop framework)
ConnectionManager – Resolved erratic error messages when establishing a connection synchronously

Check out the SDF2.0 product page for pricing details on SDF2.0 Extensions for VS and if you don’t need the source or all the other features you still have the option of downloading the free version available here.

If you are wondering why we are now charging for an ‘open’ code please see here.


Follow-Up to San Diego UG Mobile Development Workshop

This past weekend I was at the San Diego .NET Users Group Mobile Developement Workshop with Nick Landry.  Thanks to Andrew Kracher and Brian Leosgen for having me out.

My first session was on .NET Compact Framework and OpenNETCF Smart Device Framework.  For those interested in the Smart Device Framework you can download the free version here and here for all the samples I presented during the session.  You can also download the presentation here.

My last session on .NET Compact Framework for the Desktop Developer I ran out of time and didn’t get to complete the demos.  If you want to go through the completed demos you can download it here.  You can also download the presentation here.  The last part of the session was on sharing code with the desktop and device.  Here are some helpfull links on that:

During my last session I went through a little on the .NET Micro Framework.  There currently isn’t much information yet but here are some links that may be of interest.

  1. – sign up to be notified about .NET Micro Framework
  2. Video on Channel9 by Donald Thompson and Colin Miller (Group Manager)
  3. FAQ in .NET Micro Framework by Chris Tacke
  4. High Level overview by Daniel Moth

If there are anymore followup questions you can contact me through this blog.

Mobile Development Workshop

This Saturday (May 20 2006) I will be in San Diego doing a Mobile Development Workshop for the San Diego .NET Users Group.  I will be presenting two sessions. 

The first one will be ‘.NET Compact Framework 2.0 and OpenNETCF Smart Device Framework 2.0’ and go through how you can use a combination of both to speed up your development lifecycle. 
Abstract: There have been many changes in the Compact Framework from Version 1 to Version 2. With these changes there also came changes in the Smart Device Framework 2.0 (SDF2.0). Come to this session to see what’s new and cool in the SDF2.0, how the SDF compliments the Compact Framework, learn the many different features available in the SDF, some of the major changes from SDF1.4 to SDF2.0 and how to take advantage of the SDF so you can concentrate on building your Compact Framework application whether your are developing for an enterprise application or a commercial application.

The second one will be ‘.NET Compact Framework 2.0 for the Desktop Developer’ and talk about some the Compact Framework from the perspective of the desktop developer.
Abstract: This session will talk about the main differences between the .Net Framework and the Compact Framework and how development differs between the two. In addition, we will also spend some time during this presentation going over how to build a common library of code that can be shared between desktop and mobile applications.

ActiveNick (Nick Landry) will also be doing do presentations on ‘Introduction to Mobile Development’ and ‘Mobile Development Security’.

If you are in the San Diego area, hope you can join us!

MEDC Session Follow Up

Well for those who went to MEDC in Las Vegas hopefully it was as great for you as it was for me.  It was my first time presenting in front of a large crowd (> 25 people) on stage with a mic, and I think in the end it went well.  For anyone who missed the session (.NET Compact Framework 2.0 and OpenNETCF Smart Device Framework 2.0) I will be giving it again this Saturday.  See here for more details.

I also had six demos that showed how to use .NET Compact Framework 2.0 and Smart Device Framework 2.0 together to help shorten your development lifecycle.  They are now now available with the free version of the Smart Device Framework.  All should be functional straight out of the box.

Go ahead and download it and let us know what you think and your feature requests.

Call For Applications Using Smart Device Framework

Microsoft‘s Mobile and Embedded Developer’s Conference is coming up and I’ll be doing a session there on “.NET Compact Framework 2.0 and OpenNETCF Smart Device Framework 2.0”.  I have a slide called “Who’s using the SDF” and this is where you come in.  If you have a .NET Compact Framework application (either commercial or internal) that uses the OpenNETCF Smart Device Framework (either the entire assemblies or only the code you need) email me at marteaga_[at]_opennetcf_[dot]_com with details.  It’s a great chance to get some free advertising for your product.