For Platform Developers
As a platform developer, you are typically engaged in activities like creating, customizing, building, and debugging the binary image file that eventually becomes the platform for a target hardware device.
The platform that you help to create will be used to power an automotive computing device and support end-user applications. This is exciting and challenging work!
Helping you out
Did you know that there is a wealth of resources and information that exists to support the tasks that you do everyday?
No one is expected to read and do everything that is available to assist a platform developer, however, you should at least read through the information on this page and explore whatever looks interesting.
Before you proceed, note that Windows CE .NET is the operating system that Windows Automotive is based on. As a platform developer, you will be working closely with the features of Windows CE .NET to create a platform. Windows Automotive provides modules, components, and APIs that enable you to create a Windows CE-based platform for an automotive computing device. The role of a platform developer requires knowledge of both of them.
Click the link that describes your situation:
- I am new to Windows CE
- I am new to Windows Automotive
- I am upgrading from an earlier version of Windows Automotive
Let’s get rolling!
If you are a platform developer and new to Windows CE, there is so much information available to get you up-to-speed fast and without wasting time. Now it’s up to you to choose which resources you want to assist you with your work.
The Windows CE .NET Help documentation is one place to start.
Then, you can visit the MSDN Embedded Developer Center and explore the resources available to you at MSDN.
To learn about the resources available to platform developers building platforms for Windows CE-based devices, read in the Windows CE .NET Help documentation.
Taking a Training Course
If you are interested in training, several training providers offer courses to meet your demands and the demands of your colleagues.
For a complete list of training providers, go to http://www.microsoft.com/windows/Embedded/ce.NET/techinfo/training/default.asp.
Working with Platform Builder
Platform Builder (PB) version 4.2 is the integrated development environment (IDE) that you will spend most of your time working in.
There is a ton of PB information for platform developers in the About Platform Builder section in the Windows CE .NET Help. You might want to read Integrated Development Environment and Command-line Tools sections first.
After you have familiarized yourself with Platform Builder, try the Platform Builder Tutorials.
If you are interested in an in-depth training book on platform development with Windows CE, try the following:
- Building Powerful Platforms with Windows CE, Addison Wesley Longman, Inc., March 2001, ISBN: 0-201-61636-X
If you are a platform developer and new to Windows Automotive, the Windows Automotive Help documentation is a great place to find automotive-specific information to support your work tasks.
The section provides automotive-specific information for platform developers. You might want to read to get started.
The topic provides a list of the features in Windows Automotive version 4.2. You can use this topic to locate additional information about specific features in Windows Automotive.
If you are interested in the utilities available with Windows Automotive, read .
Using the sample hardware platforms
To learn about using the CEPC to support your platform development activities, read .
Contacting a solution provider
If you and your colleagues are interested in getting training or partnering with a solution provider, the Automotive Solution Providers program at http://www.microsoft.com/automotive might be of interest to you.
If you are a platform developer and are upgrading from an earlier version, you probably want to find out what has changed and what you have to do before you begin working on your platform. There are a variety of resources can give you this information fast.
About Windows CE .NET
The newest version of Windows CE is called Windows CE .NET. To learn about the new operating system features in Windows CE .NET, read New OS Features. To learn about the changes in both PB and Windows CE .NET, read What’s New. To learn about upgrading issues, read Migration Issues and Migration Map. To learn about security services in Windows CE .NET, read Creating a Secure Device. To learn about the Transaction–safe FAT File System, read Transaction–safe FAT File System and FAT File System Registry Settings.
The Windows CE .NET team has prepared a document that compares Microsoft Windows CE .NET and its predecessor, Windows CE 3.0, using the catalog as the basis for comparison. To learn about the results of this comparison, go to Comparison with CE 3.0.