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Hello all,

So I have a web application sitting on a web shared hosting environment that has a SQL Server backend DB and a directory of PDF and Excel based files in it.  I have never developed a mobile app before but hoping to play around with a new one with .Net and C# if possible for the Android OS.   My questions are as follows:

#1.  Can C# with .Net 4.0 be used to develop this?  
#2.  Can my SQL Server connection string in my current web app just be used for the mobile app?
#3.  Most important question I have is all these files reside on the hosted server so in the web application the user clicks on a link and I simply go at that directory.   How will I be able to do this with a mobile application where would I need the files to reside, can they still reside on the host and how would I get at them because I assume I am installing the mobile app on the phone of course.

Thanks all.
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Normal 'native' development for Android is in Java, although there are numerous IDEs that offer you to do it in C#, eg see here:

http://www.brutaldev.com/post/2011/01/15/Android-applications-in-C-using-Visual-Studio.aspx

There are also tools like PhoneGap that let you develop it like web app but wrapped to run locally as an application.

So in general, the answer to all your questions is "no" I'm afraid. The files (if you need them) would be resided on mobile device unless they are accessible via public URL so the application can download them, but it's not a normal practice.
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