October 2003 - Posts
Check out this NY Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2003/10/31/technology/31net.html?ex=1068181200&en=9611591c74179e13&ei=5062&partner=GOOGLE
some interesting words in there.. "partnership", "merger", "takeover", and of course "no comment" ;)
..ok, I missed posting last night but we're back on track tonight.. From the PDC:
- PDC Slides -- Look at these..you will be pleased
Just a few of the wonderful things (Whidbey / Laguna) revealed in the PPT decks at the link above (man..wish I coulda been there):
- .NET CF SP2 will be re-released shortly (~600% faster resources, ~40% faster XMLTextReader, ~20% faster ADO.NET)
- Microsoft CRM Mobile - completely developed in C#
- COM Interop - Yay!
- New forms controls: Web Browser, DateTime Picker, MonthCalendar, LinkLabel, Notification Balloon, DocList, RichInk, Splitter, Data Container, UserControl, and HelpProvider
- Ability to save bitmaps (yeah!)
- Image Rotation
- Auto-Scrollable Forms - Thank you! (now why the eff wasn't that there from the beginning - what a PiTA this was to handle)
- Tabbing Support
- Multi-resolution support
- Form rotation / Form factor support (screen orientation / screen size/resolution)
- Direct3D and DirectDraw
- Notifications Broker - I think that this will be _very_ useful
- System.Messaging - wahoo!
- XML Serialization / XML Schemas / XPath
- SQL CE ResultSet - Typed direct access to a SQL CE db
- Additional Framework libraries: Serial Port, Isolated Storage, Registry, Generic collections, Cryptography (Thank you!), Sound
- Dr. Watson goes mobile
- Finally! Some information about Laguna (SQL CE 3.0)
- Laguna will ship with Yukon (first Beta with Yukon Beta 2)
- Multi-User support (Yeah! Finally, I can have more than one user in my SQL CE db)
- ACID transaction support
- Showplan / Query Optimization hints
- SQL Workbench integration
- Data designer support via Whidbey IDE (no more manual coding - awesome!)
- DTS support
- Significant number of synchronization improvements
- Microsoft / Vodaphone Mobile Web Services Technical Roadmap via MSMobiles
- AppForge announces .NET support
- MSN Direct (SPOT technology) - I see James has a link to this as well
- The smart folks at OpenNETCF.org have released another library - OpenNETCF.Messaging - this will tide us over until Whidbey NETCF brings us System.Messaing
- Microsoft will be releasing Voice Command on Monday, November 3, 2003
- Loren has some notes from PDC about Longhorn and Ink
- PressPass about new tablet stuff
- More info about the forthcoming Tablet SDK v1.7 and the "LoneStar" edition
- One last thing about Tablet SDK 1.7 - Tablet Inking reaches web pages
Update: I've gotten some feedback from some folks that tells me that my post may have been a bit confusing. 1) NET CF SP2 will be released soon. 2) In the bulleted list that I created (see above), none of the features are from SP2, they are from Whidbey NETCF.
More info coming out of the giant Kool-Aid pour known as PDC:
- Microsoft Expands Mobile Opportunities for Windows Developers
some interesting things to note here:
- "Visual Studio "Whidbey" will be the first development tool for Windows Mobile developers that unifies the development environment to include the native Microsoft Visual C++® development system, managed Microsoft Visual Basic® .NET and Microsoft Visual C#® development tool, and Web ASP.NET Mobile controls" -- finally, all my dev environments in one
- Additional APIs for: "messaging, telephony, multimedia and gaming, connectivity, and personal information management (PIM). "
- "The success of the Microsoft .NET Compact Framework should accelerate in the future with major enhancements planned to the core run-time environment and the base class libraries. .NET Compact Framework "Whidbey" will include execution environment enhancements to improve overall performance, as well as better native interoperability with COM interop functionality and a richer set of base class libraries. " --what was that you say.. COM Interop in .NET CF ?!?! Please and thank you very much!
- From Eric Rudder's keynote:
- Alpha release of Tablet PC SDK 1.7 adds support for inking on the Web, enhanced contextual support for handwriting recognition and a real-time stylus. --[Tablet PC v1.7 aka LoneStar to appear in 2004]
- Windows Mobile for Smartphone 2003 and Pocket PC 2003 feature the .NET Compact Framework in read-only memory (ROM).
- Direct X comes to Windows Mobile
- A few more goodies by Robert Levy and David McNamee at Smartphone Thoughts - eDB , POOM for .NET CF, United Notifications Services
oh.. The Mobile Minute made The Daily Grind
. woo hoo!!!
ok..it's way late..time for bed.
After some brief discussion, and a few visits to our favorite pancake place, James has convinced (?) me to start up a recurring "column". With that said, I announce the arrival of The Mobile Minute, a .NET Nightly / The Daily Grind inspired compendium focused on the mobile side of things (.NET CF, ASP.NET Mobile Controls, Pocket PC, SmartPhone, Tablet PC, and whatever other mobile goodness to be sent forth from Redmond).
A few goodies tonight:
Some PDC-based info: Robert Levy, from the excellent Smartphone Thoughts website post some very interesting info from the PDC:
Pocket PC will support VGA (640x480), square, and standard resolutions in both landscape and portrait modes.
Smartphone will support QVGA (320x240) and the current standard resolution. (Wow!)
And lastly in the dead tree section:
Two new books for .NET CF / SQL CE developers (which happened to show up on my doorstep this past Saturday)
The Definitive Guide to the .NET Compact Framework by Larry Roof and Dan Fergus
SQL Server CE Database Development with the .NET Compact Framework by Rob Tiffany
I'll post a review either here, or a link to an Amazon review when I get through these.
[Listening to: Televators - The Mars Volta - De-Loused in the Comatorium (6:18)]
FeedDemon 1.0 RC 2 is out; announcement posted to the FD
beta newsgroup last night.
Get it here. Don't forget the release notes.
Microsoft has released a point-rlelease for ActiveSync; get it.
Microsoft ActiveSync 3.7.1 addresses the top USB connectivity issues resulting in significant increase in connectivity reliability. Specifically, ActiveSync 3.7.1:
- Enhances USB driver to improve connection stability and avoid crashes
- Improves detection of cradled devices
- Addresses issue with ActiveSync falling into guest mode repeatedly
- Addresses issue where desktop fails to detect cradled device
- Addresses issue where device and desktop report different connection states and sync does not start
- Improves the reliability of large file transfers
- Enhances Desktop Connection Wizard UI to make connection setup easier
- Improves stability to reduce application level crashes
I saw this a few places (can't recall where, though) in the last twenty-four hours; I thought I would post it here, too:
I'm a bit late to blog about this (I've been slammed since I got back from Las Vegas last week (Sept. 26)).. Microsoft has pulled Service Pack 2 for .NET Compact Framework.
There seem to be a few issues . . . here's a note from Jonathan Wells, a PM for NETCF: http://groups.google.com/groups?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&selm=epAk%24pygDHA.3208%40TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl
A search in Google Groups for "SP2 issues" shows a few more:
p.s. ..time for a return to regular blogging