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September 2013 Entries

Building Windows CE 6 or 7 Smart Device Application with Visual Studio 2012 (Part 2)
In Part 1 of this blog post we learned how to create a Visual Studio 2012 compatible Windows CE 6 or 7 SDK. Now I show you how you can create Visual Studio 2012 C++ projects (vcxproj) for it. Or if you want, how to upgrade your Visual Studio 2008 projects (vcproj) for Windows CE 6/7 to Visual Studio 2012 projects (vcxproj) for Windows CE 6/7. If you followed the steps in Part 1 carefully, you should have now the following situation (the same applies to Windows CE 7): A Windows CE 6 SDK folder compatible ......

Posted On Friday, September 13, 2013 10:19 PM | Comments (5) | Filed Under [ Windows CE Windows Embedded Compact Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 Smart Device application ]

Building Windows CE 6 or 7 Smart Device Application with Visual Studio 2012 (Part 1)
With every new release of Windows CE (Windows Embedded CE, Windows Embedded Compact Edition) version 4.x, 5.0, 6.0, 7.0, 2013 (aka 8.0), people ask what version of Visual Studio they should use for Smart Device development. And how much it is different from the Visual Studio you use for developing the OS image, or how much it is different from the latest Visual Studio version? For those people that don’t understand what I am talking, a summary: OS image : the image (NK.BIN) that will include kernel, ......

Posted On Friday, September 13, 2013 10:00 PM | Comments (25) | Filed Under [ Windows CE Windows Embedded Compact Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 Smart Device application ]

Windows Embedded Compact 2013 Smart Device application projects in Visual Studio 2012 (and their bugs)
After I built my first new Windows Embedded Compact 2013 image (named “MyDevice8”) and corresponding SDK, I was eager to test how you can build Smart Device applications with VS2012. I mean with that: without the need to install Platform Builder, but only the SDK and create a VS2012 Smart Device application project (as you would do for a desktop WIN32 project). Before you can start however creating a new “MyDevice8” based project, these are the installation steps to follow: Install Visual Studio ......

Posted On Friday, September 6, 2013 10:54 PM | Comments (9) | Filed Under [ Windows CE Windows Embedded Compact Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 Smart Device application ]

Visual Studio 2012 + Windows Embedded Compact 2013 on Virtual Machine with Windows 7
Many people run their Windows CE development environment (Platform Builder) on a Virtual Machine. In case you screw up things in the PUBLIC or PRIVATE folder, you can quickly return to the initial situation by restoring a previous snapshot. So do I. Moreover, during lengthy rebuilds, I usually return to my host PC to do other work. If not, I get a coffee. Since a few months I run my Virtual Machines by means of Oracle’s free (like) VirtualBox VM software http://www.virtualbox.org. My setup is a Windows ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 3, 2013 7:56 PM | Comments (2) | Filed Under [ Windows CE Windows Embedded Compact Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 ]

FtpWebRequest
As I described in my previous post, I use the Windows CE Ftp File Server for remote browsing the device's file system. I also use it to update the device's firmware. Some time ago I wrote .NET C# code to initiate the firmware upgrade from a desktop Windows PC. I decided to use the .NET System.Net.FtpWebRequest library. At first everything seemed to work quite well and the code was easy to use. Until at a certain date the firmware upgrade failed. The WireShark trace revealed "an unrecognized command" ......

Posted On Monday, September 2, 2013 8:25 PM | Comments (0) | Filed Under [ Windows CE Windows Embedded Compact Ftp FtpWebRequest Microsoft ]

Ftp server in Windows Embedded Compact 2013
With the introduction of Windows Embedded Compact 2013 (aka Windows CE 8.0), the good old File Explorer is no longer present. On itself I understand why Microsoft did this - what end-user application needs a File Explorer? - but during DEBUG development, it was/is a helpful tool. So what are your options as a developer (debugger)? - Add the Command Shell to your image. Ok if you can type fast (I am not) - Add the Telnet Server to your image. Ok if you can type fast (I am not) - Add the Ftp File Server ......

Posted On Sunday, September 1, 2013 9:22 PM | Comments (0) | Filed Under [ Windows CE Windows Embedded Compact Embedded RTOS Ftp Microsoft ]

Hi there
I started working with Windows CE (aka Windows Embedded Compact) with version 4.2 somewhere in 2003, if I remember it well. Over the last 10 years I build some experience with it, so I thought it might be interesting for the few interested out there to share my (Windows CE) knowledge with you.Making Windows CE images is not my daily main task - I am an embedded C++ software designer making industrial machines - but for most of our applications we need an RTOS and we use Windows CE for that. Back ......

Posted On Sunday, September 1, 2013 8:08 PM | Comments (0) | Filed Under [ Windows CE Windows Embedded Compact Embedded RTOS Microsoft ]

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