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January 2009 Entries

What's wrong with my build?

Windows CE build is quite a complex process. It involves different tools to parse makefiles, build and link code, merge resouces, make the OS image etc. and if something fails during the build is not always easy to understand what's wrong. The first place where you can check is the build ouput window. Most of the errors can be solved from there: compilation errors, link errors, files missing during makeimg etc. If the output window does not provide the information you need, you should check two files: ......

HTTP request class for the .NET Microframework

As I wrote in my first blog entry, I've been selected for round 2 of the "dare to dream different" challenge. My idea involves a lot of internet connectivity and I needed a way to make HTTP requests from my .NET framework device (I'm stil waiting for the real device, but the emulator is great to test network connectivity). I found a very good sample on Elze Kool's blog and I used it as a starting point for my own HTTP request class. It's a simple class that allows you to send a request to any HTTP ......

Pasta alla Silana

The name of this pasta came from mount Sila (Calabria), in the southernmost part of the Italian peninsula ("on the other side of Italy" from where I live). I eated it in a restaurant when working for a very kind customer (they brought me out to eat in great places and also offered me a tour of the city center of Cosenza, a very nice place to visit). I didn't asked for the recipe, so this is a sample of cooking through reverse-engineering. Remember that I'm not a professional cooker! Ingredients (for ......

Did you install Windows CE shared source?

If you don't have a "PRIVATE" subfolder in your Windows CE installation subtree or if it's almost empty, go finding the installation CD and re-launch the installation. If you choose "custom setup" you have a chance to install Windows CE shared source. Do it as soon as possibile. When I talk about Windows CE at conferences here in Italy to people that don't know the OS, many of their mouths opens in disbelief when I say that the OS is realtime (hard-realtime), and show proofs of that. But jaw bones ......

About me and this blog

Ciao, I'm Valter Minute, I'm a software developer working for Fortech Embedded Labs (www.fortechembeddedlabs.it), in Saronno, Italy. I'm Italian, and this should explain my poor english and excuse it, I hope. I was born in 1973 and I work on Windows CE since the beginning of this century (sounds like a lot of time written in this way). I started developing application on version 2.12 of the OS and then moved to BSP, drivers and other low-level stuff from version 3.0 on. I try to provide some helpful ......