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.NET Compact Framework Developer Model

The .NET Compact Framework provides a model for developers to use for creating applications and components that can target either a broad variety of devices and platforms or a specific category of devices.


The .NET Compact Framework is for developing client applications on smart devices. If you want to develop Web-based server applications for mobile clients, see Creating ASP.NET Mobile Web Applications.

Building on Core Components

Describes the core components of the .NET Compact Framework and how developers can target a broad range or a particular set of devices by introducing optional components.

Creating Additional Components

Describes steps and guidelines for creating optional components.

Architectural Overview

Describes the core components of the .NET Compact Framework.