What's New
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What's New in Managed Device Projects 

Visual Studio 2005

The list below describes enhancements for managed device application development added since Visual Studio .NET 2003.


Although you can use Visual Studio 2005 to program against both version 1.0 and version 2.0 of the .NET Compact Framework, the features below marked with an asterisk (*) are not supported in version 1.0.

New Features

The following features are available in Visual Studio 2005.

Feature Details

*Anchoring controls on Windows forms

How to: Anchor Controls on Windows Forms

CAB file generation using Visual Studio Setup and Deployment projects. This process eliminates the need to manually customize the .inf file.

Packaging Device Solutions Overview

Filter unsupported properties/methods/events.

Feature includes filtered IntelliSense, a build verification step, and ability to convert unsupported controls.

Color Editor

Colors as they appear on the device.

Define Color Dialog Box (Devices)

Custom Controls

*User Controls

Fully supported. Use Designing and Viewing Classes and Types to add custom designer attributes.

*Docking controls on Windows Forms

How to: Dock Controls on Windows Forms

*Data design support

Data in Managed Device Projects

Font Editor

Fonts as supported by the current platform.Font Editor Dialog Box (Devices)

Form factor support, including orientation and resolution.


Form Factor Properties Dialog Box (Devices)

Form skin with code creation

Form Factor Properties Dialog Box (Devices)

*New Controls and Components in Toolbox

WebBrowser, Notification, DocumentList, DateTimePicker, MonthCalendar, LinkLabel, Splitter, BindingSource

Platform-specific WYSIWYG

Improved designers provide accurate appearance for each platform.

Targets version 1.0 of the .NET Compact Framework

Smartphone 2003 and Pocket PC 2003 support

Change platforms using the same source code

How to: Share Source Code Across Platforms (Devices)

See Also

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