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  • hi,

      I have new requirements for PDA development. The project is based for industry operations so bascially they are using PDA (windows Mobile 6.5). I need help on this. Visual Studio 2008 have the option Smart Phone Applciation but Visual Studio 2010 have silverlight that is for windows 7.

     Can any one suggest a better solution ? Actually i cant specifally tell client using 6.5 or 7. So how i develop the application for both version? Which framework is suatable for me? Or we need seperately applications for these versions

    Friday, October 19, 2012 1:44 PM

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  • Just to be clear, there is Windows Mobile and Windows Phone 7. They may as well be a truck and an Orange as far trying to write for both using native apps. You must decide what your best bet is. You can build two separate front end apps (remember the back-end can be the same) and a winmobile app can be made to look like a wp7 app...but not the other way around, Touch vs Stylus makes for a very different experience. You could potentially go the web site route, but frankly I'd avoid that, especially if you do not have always-online access. So it's nothing to do with checking what type of client it is at run time (if you avoid the web idea), it's more about do your research to find your best ROI


    Friday, October 19, 2012 2:54 PM
  • thanks for the help. Actually the problem is, in industry they will use PDA 6.5 but my confusion is now PDA is not available. Am i right? i mean after 6.5 . From 7.0 it is windows mobile not PDA this is my first confusion
    Saturday, October 20, 2012 2:33 AM
  • Almost, 'Windows Phone', there is no such thing as Windows Mobile 7. That said, there is probably a few years of support left for winmobile so it's not impossible to continue with that...if you have enough customers for it. 'PDA' is really a nonsense term. You have mobile devices, one subset of that is the 'new' windows phone 7 (soon 8) which use very different approach and is all touch based.


    Saturday, October 20, 2012 10:43 AM
  • k thanks so as your suggestion we need separate application for up to 6.5 and another application for version more than 7.0 (silver light based). Am i right?

    Actually my application includes images kind of works and approval from PDA like that. This needs to be updated in my central database. So i think mobile web based is not that much suitable. so likewise 7.0 is have windows based? silverlight i think same problem like web?

    Kindly advise the framework for these separate applications for different versions

    Sunday, October 21, 2012 3:12 AM
  • Sorry I don't follow your requirements wrt images.


    Monday, October 29, 2012 11:15 AM
  • hi,

     Actually PDA is used to update some data. The UI screen populate with images. The user can update data by clicking some parts of the image. This is used to update defects of each part in the image. Image is basically some vehicle image. I think you got the scenario

    Monday, October 29, 2012 2:56 PM
  • Any of the choices can do that. All the UIs can pretty much use the same back-end for that work. If you create a wp7 (or 8 now) then you're in the world of xaml and windows phone, windows 8, and Silverlight. If you go html/js then you can still have those but IMO a poor experience on windows phones. If you need WinMobile support then you'll use whatever you currently use but ultimatley all of them are presentation layers to the front end so you need to decide where your commercial prorities are.


    Friday, November 2, 2012 2:12 AM