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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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Deployment and Installation

After a Compact Framework application has been packaged into a .cab file, it must be deployed and installed on the device. There are several techniques for doing so, including using ActiveSync, a Web site, a storage card, a file share, and even creating an auto-updating application.

Using ActiveSync

Perhaps the most obvious option for deploying a Compact Framework application is to allow the application to be installed when the device is cradled using the ActiveSync software typically used to synchronize files and e-mail, as discussed in Chapter 6.

To do so, the application must be registered with the ActiveSync Application Manager installed on the desktop machine. This process is relatively simple; it requires creating ...

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