Programming for Windows Mobile

If you are too used to programming in Linux and want to move to programming for Windows mobile. It can be a bit hard. It was difficult for someone I know to digest that the SDK requires that you have Visual Studio installed (the full version not the express edition).  So, here are a few directions for those who wish to venture into windows mobile programming.

You will need to install .Net Compact Framework 2.0 and 3.5. You can install just 3.5 but it’s better to have both.  You will need to install Visual Studio. The latest version of Visual Studio is 2008. WHen you have both of them installed, you can install the WIndows mobile 6 SDk refresh and Windows mobile 5 SDK refresh. And viola ! you can now start programming for windows mobile devices. From what I understand, you can’t program for Windows Mobile outside of Visual Studio. Well there is nothing stopping you from just opening notepad and coding but you have to have Visual Studio installed (along with the other things I mentioned).

As you might already know, there are 2 modes of programming in .NET – managed and unmanaged. Any programs written in C# or Visual Basic are managed; and, anything written in C++ is unmanaged. What does that mean? It means memory is managed for you behind the scenes in C# and Visual Basic. However, you have to do your own memory management (free up memory space,  etc). Each of them have their own pros and cons.

Now open Visual Studio and click on new project. Select Smart Device -> Smart Device Project. A new project will be created for you with a default form in design view. On the left you will find a toolbox, which has widgets (controls) for your UI. On the right, you will see a properties section where you can set properties, event handlers, etc for your controls. This should at least help you get started with the setup part of it.

National Museum of American Indian

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Most of the people who live in New York City take it for granted (including me). So, I decided to explore this beautiful city and see what it has to offer in terms of heritage, activities, etc. I was not dissapointed. I went to the National Museum of American Indian and they had all sorts of things related to Red-Indian culture.

I liked the architecture of the museum. It had beautiful art on the ceiling in the main hall. There were numerous charts, pictures and articles explaining how they (Red Indians) make leather and stitch clothes from them. The decorations that are used (and the materials they made the decorations from), etc. Many dresses were also on the display (one of which was over 500 years old).

Admission to the museum is free. It is open from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. However, it is always a good idea to call ahead. Their contact information is :

One Bowling Green
New York, NY 10004
Phone: 212-514-3700

Here are some pictures from my visit. I apologize for the small size of the pictures. My phone was set to contact pictures instead of regular ones and I was too excited to notice. Maybe I will go there again and get some more pictures.