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Professional Windows® Embedded Compact 7 by Thierry Joubert, David Jones, Samuel Phung

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DEVELOPING COMPACT 7 APPLICATIONS

You can develop all Windows Embedded Compact 7 applications from the VS2008 IDE. Writing code for a Compact 7 application is not much different from writing code for an application for the desktop Windows OS. Whether you code in C++, C#, or Visual Basic, the fundamental coding practices and syntax are the same. If you already use the Visual Studio development IDE, your experience can help you quickly master Compact 7 application development.

The best approach to learn Compact 7 application development is to jump right in, start writing code, and learn as you move along. When creating a new application project, the VS2008 IDE has different wizards, each with multiple project templates, to help you establish the initial project workspace. With a Compact 7 application project workspace properly created by the wizard, all you need to do is to write code to add functionality.

To support Compact 7 application development, the following framework, library, and resources are available as part of the Platform Builder resources:

  • .NET Compact Framework
  • Active Template Library (ATL)
  • C/C++ Libraries for Windows Embedded Compact
  • COM and DCOM
  • Internet Explorer Script Support
  • Messaging API
  • Pocket Outlook Object Model
  • Silverlight for Windows Embedded
  • XML
  • XmlLite

In addition to the general application framework and library resources, a large collection of application-specific resources and sample application projects are provided as part of the Platform Builder ...

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