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How to program Pocket PC Applications at a beginner level

I'm wanting to learn how to write programs for my PDA (HP iPaq h6365 with Pocket PC 2003 Premium).
I am a complete noob, so please be very basic with lots of comments.

1. I want to download free software to program in; one of my firends said I should be able to use the Microsoft Express versions of their programming tools (such as VB Express) along with the Pocket PC 2003 SDK. I have a 2nd friend that says the express versions won't work, so please advise what to download & how to integrate them. I'm running Windows XP Pro SP2.

2. Please describe a step by step procedure on how to write and compile a basic program (say in VB if the express version is an option) that, for example, opens a GUI with 2 text boxes (the user types in a number into each), when the user clicks a button the program adds the 2 numbers and displays the result in a label below the button.

[Optional] If you could also add some links to additional very basic examples on the web I'd really appreciate it [Option - not required to answer this question].

Thanks.
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doraiswamyCommented:
You will need Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition
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gammAuthor Commented:
In that case I need to download other free software to program in.
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doraiswamyCommented:
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gammAuthor Commented:
ok, thanks for the links to the downloads from pocketpcdn, they should be useful the Microsoft eMbedded Visual Basic looks like what I need to start programming; the other site just seemed to offer software downloads for the PPC.

Now onto the 2nd half of the question on writing my basic application (with lots of comments please, as I'm a noob at this)

Thanks
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gammAuthor Commented:
Actually, the chart here (http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms838188.aspx) says that the Microsoft eMbedded Visual Basic only caters for up to PPC 2002, I need to cater for 2003 (Mobile). Will this still work??

I used VB6, so I'd prefer to code in VB rather than C++ or C#. the web page suggests that the only option is eMbedded Visual C++ 4.0 and SP4, but I'm not sure that this is free? & again, it's C++ rather than VB too.

So I'm after clarification for the 1st part of my question & an answer for the 2nd part.

Thanks
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doraiswamyCommented:
I think you have no choice but to purchase VS 2005 Pro
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gammAuthor Commented:
I have VB6, could I use that to develop 2003 mobile apps?
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doraiswamyCommented:
I think eVB 3.0 should work for 2003 mobile apps, but the final word will be said only if you try it.

FYI I use VS 2005 professional for programming a panel pc using Win CE 5.0, and it works great.
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doraiswamyCommented:
Mikal613,
How is your link related to this thread?
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Mikal613Commented:
Everything he needs to develop for vb express.

Also evb is not a good solution
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doraiswamyCommented:
Can you show how to create a project for a Pocket PC application? I don't think VB Express has the facility to create the desired project type, whereas VS 2005 Professional has, and which is what I have been saying all along.
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doraiswamyCommented:
This link does not show how to use VB Express to create Pocket PC Apps. Please be more explicit.
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gammAuthor Commented:
Hi guys,

I'd like to give eVB a try, could someone please post a description of how to:
1. Integrate the 2003 SDK
2. Code for basic project from the original question for 2003 PPC
3. how to compile it into a program that will run on my 2003 Mobile Pocket PC

Thanks
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gammAuthor Commented:
Hmm, I've just started the install for eMbedded Visual Tools 3.0 (which inc eVB 3) but it is asking me to "Please enter your product's ID number". I thought this was free software? Any ideas?
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doraiswamyCommented:
You will find the key somewhere in the download page.

Here are some more links.
http://www.pocketpcdn.com/sections/evb.html
http://www.pocketpcmag.com/_archives/Nov01/evb.asp
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gammAuthor Commented:
ok, well, I've managed to get eMbedded Visual C++ installed.
Can someone please show me how to write the basic program I mentioned in part 2 in eMbedded Visual C++.

Thanks
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gammAuthor Commented:
I found these two examples on how to begin programming in this language:
http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms837876.aspx
http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa458737.aspx
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gammAuthor Commented:
The Product ID for Embedded Visual C++ is included in the download page at microsoft.
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gammAuthor Commented:
2. Please describe a step by step procedure on how to write and compile a basic program (say in embedded C++ 4) that, for example, opens a GUI with 2 text boxes (the user types in a number into each), when the user clicks a button the program adds the 2 numbers and displays the result in a label below the button.

I'd like the code to be from scratch, not using any pre-existing templates that come with the IDE.

Thanks.
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gammAuthor Commented:
anyone?
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gammAuthor Commented:
Can anyone please help me with my last comment (20197481)?
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gammAuthor Commented:
Hello?
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gammAuthor Commented:
I think everyone has given up on this question so I'll go ahead an split the points.
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doraiswamyCommented:
Thanks. As I told you earlier, I am using VS 2005 with good results.
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