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Building Solutions with the Microsoft .NET Compact Framework: Architecture and Best Practices for Mobile Development by Jon Box, Dan Fox

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The .NET Compact Framework

In this section, we'll explore the architecture, core functionality, and UI support in the Compact Framework and compare it with the desktop Framework. In this way, developers and technical managers can quickly get a feel for the technology involved in developing mobile applications using the Compact Framework.

Architecture

You may recall that one of the design goals of the Compact Framework was to create a “portable (and small) subset of the desktop Framework, targeting multiple platforms.” To support this goal Microsoft created the architecture shown in Figure 2-3. In this section we'll walk through the components of that architecture from the bottom up to describe how each contributes to this goal.

Figure 2-3. The ...

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