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Pocket PC Programming Language Recommendation

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I'd like to write an application for a Pocket PC.  

Can someone recommend a programming language?  Pros and Cons?

The majority of my recent experience is with Visual Basic 6, but I'm willing to learn something new.

Thanks, T.C.
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Hi TSClark251,
If your prime concern is constructing a user interface you can go with the embeeded tools for Pocket PC and use embedded Visual Basic. I used my VB6 skills and embedded tools 3.0 with embedded VB to make a connection to a desktop program using winsock and presenting the results on a pocket PC.

If you're more concerned of the hardware layer then the presentation you should probably go for embedded C++.

If you have the .NET environment that should be the easiest to use. There you can use any preffered language (C#, C++, Java, J#, VB) and create applications for Pocket PC's and mobile devoces.
 
BR MaB!
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Hi MaB,

Thanks for the prompt response.  As I write this, I'm downloading "eMbedded Visual Tools 3.0 - 2002 Edition" from MS...price is certainly right!

My focus is most definitely on user interface / presentation.  I will run the program and let you know.  Are there any disadvantages or drawbacks from using this program over another?

Can you elaborate on the following comment from above: "...make a connection to a desktop program using winsock and presenting the results on a pocket PC." ?  I'm not familiar with winsock.  Will this be intuitive once I load eMbedded VT or is this something additional?

Thanks,  T.C.
P.S.  What does the "BR" in your signature line stand for?  In my business it means "BREAK RIGHT!"  T.C.
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The only drawback I found was that if you wan't to build your own protocols or something else that's "deep down" the functions in VB isn't quite adequate. But you can buld your own functions using the C library as I did to be able to read and write in a controlled manner to and from files, so I can't really find any "heavy" drawback.

The winsock control is distributed with the SDK for pocket PC and examples how to use it you can find at microsoft.com and their developer site.

...and BR stands for "Best Regards" but "BREAK RIGHT" seems to fit exactly as nice....  ;-)

MaB
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MaB,

Awesome...more than I hoped for!...the programming interface even looks like VB6.  Certainly can't beat it for the price.

I'll get to work and explore the winsock angle in the process.  I may be in touch for assistance in the future.

Thanks again...very professional,  
T.C.
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Glad I could help!
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Hi Clark
U can use Embedded VB for Application in Pocket PC
For more help u can go through http://www.devbuzz.com
There it has more Help regarding the Embedded VB

Regards
keyar
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keyar,

Thanks.  eVB looks useful, and the devbuzz site is impressive.

I appreciate the info.

T.C.
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Hi Clark
Hope that u will learn more in eVB and get a good application for Experts :)

But I am sure this is very much Interesting one and very useful site

Regards
keyar
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