Windows Embedded Compact 2013 & Visual Studio 2013

The latest update to Windows Embedded Compact 2013 was a bit of a surprise as besides the usual cumulative bug fixes and tweaks it adds development support with Visual Studio 2015. Since the days of Windows Mobile 6 and even CE 7 it has been common to use an old version of Visual Studio to… Continue reading Windows Embedded Compact 2013 & Visual Studio 2013

Binary incompatibility in Silverlight for Windows Embedded in May 2014 Update Onwards

Last Year Michel blogged about a binary incompatibility introduced in the May 2014 update of Compact 7 which broke existing Silverlight for Windows Embedded code including pre-compiled system apps. https://guruce.com/blogpost/windows-embedded-compact-may-2014-update-35-breaks-binary-compatibility-of-silverlight The XAML In The Hand library was also affected. It turns out that one of the breaking changes was the addition of the GetTemplateChild method… Continue reading Binary incompatibility in Silverlight for Windows Embedded in May 2014 Update Onwards

Moving from WinForms to XAML Runtime on Windows Embedded Compact

I recently found an old set of slides I created for TechEd NZ a few years ago which collected together useful information for moving from Windows Mobile to Windows Phone. It struck me that some of this would also be useful for the Embedded XAML Runtime when considering moving code from a traditional WinForms UI… Continue reading Moving from WinForms to XAML Runtime on Windows Embedded Compact

Use Team Foundation Service for Embedded Projects

Microsoft’s hosted TFS (http://tfs.visualstudio.com/) provides a cloud hosted TFS project collection which is free for small teams. It works neatly with VS2012 which is fine for Windows Store and Windows Phone project types but for .NET Compact Framework development we are still stuck with using Visual Studio 2008. Luckily with a few patches it is… Continue reading Use Team Foundation Service for Embedded Projects

WriteableBitmapEx for Windows Embedded Compact 7

I have ported René Schulte‘s excellent WriteableBitmapEx project to run on Windows Embedded Compact 7. The original library supports drawing across various XAML user interfaces – Silverlight, Windows Phone, WPF and Windows 8 Apps. Because XAML In The Hand exposes an object model which matches Silverlight there was very little work required to port, it… Continue reading WriteableBitmapEx for Windows Embedded Compact 7

Connect Visual Studio 2008 to TFS2012 or Team Foundation Service Preview

Now that there is a new release of Team Foundation Server you may consider upgrading. However if you still work on projects for the .NET Compact Framework you’ll still be using Visual Studio 2008. Luckily there is an update available to allow VS2008 to connect to a TFS2012 server or the new Team Foundation Service… Continue reading Connect Visual Studio 2008 to TFS2012 or Team Foundation Service Preview