[Geowanking] Advice for developing apps for the Windows CE.net OS for rugged field computers ?
mike.cattle at itracksolutions.com
Thu Mar 16 10:05:18 PST 2006
I would suggest using VB.Net or C# with the .Net Compact Framework 2.0. While
it is possible to download free versions of VB.Net and C# compilers, it would
likely be worth the cost of getting a copy of Visual Studio 2005 in order to
use advanced features such as developing against an emulator and also real-
time debugging from the Recon itself. The IDE would save loads of development
effort and time.
Considering the intern's Java experience, then C# may be the .Net language to
use, although J# is a more esoteric possibility.
I've personally developed a couple mapping / GPS tracking apps for PocketPC in
From: Julia Harrell <julia.harrell at ncmail.net>
To: geowanking at lists.burri.to
Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2006 12:49:59 -0500
Subject: [Geowanking] Advice for developing apps for the Windows CE.net OS for
rugged field computers ?
> Greetings Geowankers,
> I'm looking for advice from anyone who has experience developing apps
> for the Windows CE.net OS on a rugged field computer, the TDS RECON
> platfom, to be specific.
> Our NC Geodetic Survey will have an intern from the National Geodetic
> Survey (NGS) this summer whose task is to develop a data collection
> software that checks the data as it is collected to make sure the
> surveyor is not cutting any corners. This would allow NCGS to submit
> geodetic leveling data to NGS via the web and have the results in the
> National Spatial Reference System within days. It currently takes 6-12
> months for the data to get into the system. They currently use an old
> program that runs on a HP48, which is now out of production.
> I don't have any mobile development experience myself, hence the need
> for advice. Apparently the NGS intern has some java programming
> experience, which is why they were considering a java system. If the
> software is going to need to inteface in real time with Trimble, TopCon
> or other modern surveying sofware, I am wondering if perhaps they should
> choose a C# / Microsoft Windows Mobile development environment instead -
> for compatibility. The RECONS will definitely be running Windows CE.net
> as an OS, not Linux.
> Some very quick research on the web turned up these non-Micro$soft
> options as being possible candidates. Suggestions, caveats, opinions,
> links to better information, would all be greatly appreciated.
> CrE-ME 4.1 http://www.nsicom.com/
> IBM Websphere WSDD http://www-306.ibm.com/software/wireless/wsdd/
> SuperWaba http://www.superwaba.com.br/en/default.asp
> EWE http://www.ewesoft.com/EweInfo.htm
> Julia Harrell
> GIS Coordinator, NC DENR
> julia.harrell at ncmail.net
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