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Microsoft® .NET Compact Framework Kick Start by Ronnie Yates, Erik Rubin

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In Brief

  • The native CryptoAPI is a brittle programming interface that is capable of most common cryptography related functions. Users of the .NET Compact Framework must target the CryptoAPI to perform cryptography in their applications.

  • Due to the brittleness and large number of pitfalls associated with targeting the CryptoAPI class directory from managed code, we provide a simpler-to-use wrapper class called ManagedCryptoAPI.

  • ManagedCryptoAPI uses central concepts related to CryptoAPI. Specifically, developers must understand the notion of a handle and a CryptoAPI context.

  • CryptoAPI is extensible. Developers can plug in their own “provider” to perform cryptography inside CryptoAPI. Because of its ubiquitous availability, the ManagedCryptoAPI uses ...

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