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Getting started with Compact Framework development on Windows CE

I've recently started development work with the Compact Framework on a Windows CE mobile device by LXE. I've had the opportunity to dabble a bit before with CF development, but this is the first time I've been tasked with building anything more than the classic 'hello world' type of application. The application I'm building will read RFID tags and scan bar codes, smooth the data with the help of a Java-based server, and send it on for further processing to back end data systems. How cool is that!

The device I am using is the LXE MX3X, a rugged and sturdy portable device that comes with an RFID and bar code scanner built in to the device. For any one else who may be interested in building applications on this device, following are some of the resources that helped get me going.

Development Environment 

Visual Studio Pre-Req's

NOTE: Select ARMV4T as the processor type for deployment/debugging
by running the SelectWinCECPU tool in your WinCE Utilities directory

Additional Tools

LEX MX3X Resources

[tags:rfid,lxe,windows ce,compact framework]

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3 Responses to Getting started with Compact Framework development on Windows CE

  1. Gator says:

    Hey guys, I have a problem. I have legacy applications that I want to access using the MX3X from a terminal emulation product known as RFTerm. I have a problem with the application stating that I am out of range of an access point when I move from one location to another. However, if I warmboot the MX3X I will attach to the closest AP and I’m good. The Cisco Client Utility shows me that I am hopping from one AP to another when I walk around my warehouse, however, I don’t know if I can believe it since I always have to reboot due to being “out of range”. I am using Cisco 1200 AP’s. Please help me before I get fired!

  2. Brendan, it is definitely an adventure! The biggest challenge to programming devices with the Compact Framework is figuring out which API’s are available for you to use. So far, it seems that most classes have about a quarter to a half of the functionality of the full Windows Forms framework! Let me know if you need any help getting started!

  3. btompkins says:

    This is cool! We’ve been looking into some of this stuff for the port. Thanks for the links!

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