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Start development on windows embedded applications

Posted on 2014-10-07
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Hi,

I am looking at the attached scanner for a warehouse application I am looking at developing. I am currently using visual studio 2012 and I am looking at developing an application for the device.

I believe that this works with windows embedded. I am wondering what software I need to install to get an SDK and emulator?

I am just looking at created a vb.net .exe application. I would also like to check if the device can support a compact sql server DB that I can store the scans.

Regards,

Ross
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Which scanner?

Also, are you sure you want to go down the Windows Embedded route? Since that is older technology, it will certainly become more difficult to find hardware to replace broken units. Have you considered writing a phone/tablet application? Then you could simply write a set of web services that phones connect to in order to upload the data.
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"I believe that this works with windows embedded"

Are you sure?

I would contact the device manufacturer to make sure. They can also often provide you with sample code that, if it cannot be used directly, at least gives you an idea of how to program the thing.
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I have been looking at a Motorola "WORKABOUT PRO 4". I have requested a demo unit.

Cheers,

Ross
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käµfm³d   👽 earned 500 total points
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According to the specification sheet, it looks like it's one of two versions:

Microsoft® Windows® Embedded CE6.0
Microsoft® Windows® Embedded Handheld 6.5

I still stand by my previous assertion, nevertheless according to Wiki you can develop in 2012. You might start with this version of the SDK:

Windows Mobile 6.5 Developer Tool Kit

Also, I'd strongly suggest taking an "n-tiered" approach to your development. If you break the logic up into "presentation," "service," and "data" layers (at a minimum), you'll have an easier time swapping things out if any one component needs to change:

e.g.

You move from handheld scanners to tablets
You move from embedded business rules to a business rules engine
You move from SQL Server compact to Oracle

You might also consider writing web services for the back-end stuff so that you can easily interface with disparate systems.
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What other scanners would you recommend? Do you know of any scanners that come with an emulator or SDK kit that I can work in vb.net on?

Regards,

Ross
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