Configuring an SDK

Configuring an SDK (Windows Embedded CE 6.0)


With Platform Builder, you can configure the minimum settings that are required to build an SDK. For information about building an SDK if you have already configured it, see Building an SDK. For information about modifying the settings for an SDK, see SDK Development.

To use Windows Embedded CE 6.0 SDKs, make sure that you have already installed Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 SP1 or later.

Before configuring an SDK, you must use Platform Builder to create or open an operating system (OS) design. You must also build a run-time image. For information about creating an OS design, see How to Use the IDE to Create, Customize, and Build a Run-Time Image. For information about building a run-time image, see Building a Run-Time Image.

If you want to debug a run-time image as an SDK, you must include the Sysgen variable SYSGEN_TOOLHELP in your OS design.

  1. To create a new SDK, make sure that an OS design is the active project and then, from the Project menu, choose Add New SDK.

  2. Choose Next.

  3. In the Product Properties dialog box, make sure that the General page is selected, and then perform the following steps:

    1. In the SDK Name field, type a name for the SDK.
      After the SDK is installed on the development workstation for the application developer, the name of the SDK appears in the Add/Remove Programs dialog box of Control Panel.
    2. In the Product Name field, type the name of your product.
    3. In the Product Version area, for each subsequent version of the SDK, increment the value in the Build field.
      An SDK has an associated version so that the installer can compare different installations of the SDK. In the Major box and the Minor box, Platform Builder provides a default value that matches the version of the Windows Embedded CE OS.
      For more information about these settings, see SDK Installation and Product Properties.
    4. In the Company name field, type the name of your company.
    5. In the Company Website field, type the website address for your company.
  4. On the CPU Families page, choose the supported configuration for a CPU family that you want to include in your SDK, and then choose Edit.

    1. From the list of displayed configurations, select the configuration that you want to support, and then choose OK.
  5. On the Development Languages page, choose a development language for your SDK. By default, Native development support is selected.

    If you select the Managed development support check box, verify that the OS design includes support for the .NET Compact Framework.

    Without support for the .NET Compact Framework in the OS design, you cannot use the SDK with the Smart Device Extensions (SDE) for Visual Studio. For more information, see .NET Compact Framework.

  6. You can further configure the SDK by, in Solution Explorer, selecting the SDK and then, from the context menu, choosing Properties.

  7. you can build the SDK by selecting the SDKs folder and then, from the Project menu, choosing Build All SDKs.

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