[Geowanking] Advice for developing apps for the Windows CE.net OS for rugged field computers ?
raj at rajsingh.org
Thu Mar 16 11:49:42 PST 2006
A couple years ago I researched this same issue so an intern could build
GIS-savvy field data collection tools. The landscape was more complicated
then, because Palm was still a viable mobile OS; I don't think that's the
case anymore. For that reason we wanted to develop on Java or Flash Lite.
It turned out to be very difficult to get going as a "hacker" with any of
these technologies. We were used to downloading stuff and playing with it,
but the mobile platforms and business models seem so tightly locked down
that everyone wants you to commit to their SDK/development style/deployment
environment before event testing the tools (e.g. IBM).
To make a long story short, the IBM and Superwaba tools seemed decent, but I
think today PocketPC is the only decent mobile platform around, and for
rapid application development a mobile .NET SDK make the most sense--and
this is coming from a Mac person! C# is really close to Java in most ways,
so your developer should have an easy learning curve.
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