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Posted - 04 Nov 2005 :  15:18:00  Show Profile  Email Poster
CE 5.0 Tools

The tools you use to develop your CE 5.0 application depend on your development language. Native Code refers to C and C++, while Managed Code includes C# and VB.NET.

Managed CodeNative Code
Visual Studio 2005yesyes
Visual Studio 2003yesno
eVC4 SP4noyes

Here's more on Mangaged vs. Native Code from Microsoft. In either case, for reliable operation, install ActiveSync first.

Using eVC4 for Native Code (C/C++) Development

The free eVC4 tools still allow you perform native CE application development under CE 5.0. Follow these steps to get going.

  1. Install ActiveSync, if you haven't already done so.

  2. Install the eVC 4 Tools.

    You can download the eVC4 Tools from from MSDN's eMbedded Visual Tools Download Page.

    Note that Microsoft no longer maintains eVC. Microsoft released SP4 for eVC4 only after developers found they did not have a means to debug native code (VS 2005 was released in Nov 2005, a year after the first releases of CE 5). Visual Studio 2005 is the Microsoft-supported tool for all CE 5.0 development.

    Install the tools in the following order (see topic 1219 for background):
    1. eMbedded Visual C++ 4.0 (230 MB)

    2. Service Pack 4 for eVC 4.0 (68 MB)

    3. SP4 rolls in changes of SP1-SP3 and allows you to create projects for CE 4.1, 4.2 and 5.0.

  3. Install the ADS SDK for CE 5.0

Using Visual Studio for Managed and Native Code Development

CE 4 and 5 integrate into the .NET Enterprise paradigm via the .NET Compact Framework. Visual Studio 2005 supports development of both managed and native code applications in a comprehensive and supportive development environment.

Installing the SDK

For Native Code (C/C++): ADS CE 5.0 SDK.
Managed Code (C#/VB.NET): SDK not needed.

Application Debugging

Use Visual Studio 2005 for remote debugging of CE 5.0 devices. Visual Studio 2003 does not support remote debugging.

Additional Notes and References

- ADS Compact Framework.

- Microsoft's page for the .NET Compact Framework Old Link (.NETcf)

- Microsoft Visual Studio 2003 Old Link product page

- To attach the debugger to a CE.NET device to Visual Studio 2003, you also must install the Studio 2003 add-on pack Old Link.

- Visual Studio 2005 begins shipping 7-Nov-2005. Keep up to date by checking with Microsoft's Visual Studio Device Development web page Old Link.

See the CE Tools Topic Index for the tools to use with the version of CE you are using.

Edited 14-Aug-2007 by jjoseph: Refreshed links to Microsoft pages.
Edited by akidder 4-Apr-2003:
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