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There has never been an operating system release more important to .NET developers than the release of Windows Mobile Version 5.0. With this release, Microsoft is poised to take your productivity in writing mobile applications higher than it has ever gone before. Rich multimedia capabilities, integrated messaging, and world-class telephony support are just a few of the benefits you will realize when you develop applications for the Windows Mobile 5.0 platform. From the perspective of the .NET software developer, perhaps the most important piece of Windows Mobile 5.0 is its brand new Managed API. All of the code for this new API is found in the Microsoft.WindowsMobile namespace. You can access this API from Visual Studio by adding references to the following assemblies: Microsoft.WindowsMobile.Configuration Microsoft.WindowsMobile.Forms Microsoft.WindowsMobile.Poc... (more)

Mobile Accessibility: Technology and Tools

Life is pretty exciting for a .NET developer these days. There are so many cool things that can be done with applications today, including extending their reach. In this two-part series we'll look at the technology and tools used to add mobile accessibility to Web applications. One of the easiest ways to introduce this type of development is to look at an existing system and talk about its support for mobile devices. As an example we'll use Quilogy's system, which utilizes ASP.NET Mobile Controls, known as the Microsoft Mobile Internet Toolkit (MMIT) before VS.NET 2003. Differen... (more)

Securing .NET Compact Framework Solutions

In recent times, and with good reason - as attacks by worms such as Code Red, Nimbda, and Slammer have shown - security has been pushed to the forefront of the minds of architects and developers. And just as Microsoft has rededicated itself to security through its Trustworthy Computing Initiative, your organization should be sure to design and implement its applications using secure coding practices and principles. Even though .NET Compact Framework applications may at first appear immune to such attacks, their connection to back-end systems and their portability introduce a vari... (more)

Jon Box's .NET Blog - Who Says Microsoft Does Not Listen?

Who says Microsoft does not listen? On the Mobility front, I noticed where Redmond decided to add .NETCF 2.0 and SQL Mobile support to Widwos CE 4.2.  This was is in response to customer feedback and specifically one of the MVP mobility discussion lists where we are allowed to interact directly with Microsoft Mobility team members.  I saw the process in action where some Windows Mobile guys explained why they took the position to not support this, listened to the reasoning from some wise MVP's, went back to their teams, and came back with a change in direction. Here are some resu... (more)

INETA's Topic Choice: A Sneak Peek at Mobile Development with VS 2005 and ASP.NET v2.0

With Visual Studio 2005 and ASP.NET v2.0 just around the corner, we are about to embark on another exciting wave of technology. Mobile development is becoming easier with each release, and ASP.NET v2.0 will not disappoint. To start the next adventure in development for mobile browsers, let's first take a stroll down memory lane and then look at the glory that Redmond is sending our way with Visual Studio 2005 and ASP.NET v2.0. Back in the Day We've all heard our parents talk about how tough life was back in their younger days. How many times has your Dad told you he had to walk to... (more)