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Programmatic File Transfer from PC-TABLET

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  • Hi there,

    Looking for some direction and Im hoping I can get some technical advice. I apologize if this is not the correct forum for the post.

    We currently have a Windows based application running in an secure enterprise environment. Were looking to take portions of that application and port it over to run on a Samsung Slate type tablet to do various hard-ware based inventory using bar-code scanning etc, then import that data back into the desktop client.

    In previous incarnations of our product, we used PocketPC type devices for this type of information gathering, but the screen real estate just didnt cut it, we needed something with a few more pixels. The pros of the PocketPC world in our case, was Activesync - you could pro-grammatically install applications, create/read/write/delete files from the Workstation. This was perfect - we could push updates of the software out on connect, and also sync database changes to and from the PocketPC.

    Now we are in tablet world - Is there anything similar running on the tablet that will allow me to do this kind of stuff? From what I've seen/read, the device is pretty independent..

    If not, what technologies could I use to accomplish this kind of stuff?

    I would need to be able to, from a workstation Create/Update/Get/Delete files running in a specific location on the Tablet. Unfortunately, wireless is not an option due to the nature of the company we deal with. I'm left with USB and Bluetooth. I had been looking at the USB Data Transfer Cables in hopes that once they're connected to both devices, the drive would come up in Windows Explorer, but that does not appear to be the case. There is 3rd Party Software that comes up allowing the user to manage the files etc. In a perfect world, I'd love to be able to do this all pro-grammatically with little to no user interaction.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated...

    Mike.


    Wednesday, June 27, 2012 4:15 PM

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  • Hi Mike,

    Are you trying to do this from a Metro style app (in which case this forum is appropriate) or from a desktop app (in which case you should post in the Windows Desktop Development Forums ). If you're looking for existing software or built in functionality rather than writing your own then check out the Windows 8 forums on http://TechNet.Microsoft.com or http://answers.Microsoft.com .

    Remember that Windows 8 tablets are Windows 8 PCs, so you can use a USB data transfer cable between them the same as you would between any two PCs. Depending on your security limitations hooking up a physical network may work as well.

    From a Metro style app point of view, see Connecting to peers, web and network services . The Proximity API may be what you're looking for to instantiate a short range Bluetooth connection.

    --Rob

     

     

    • Proposed as answer by Jesse Jiang Thursday, June 28, 2012 6:30 AM
    • Marked as answer by Jesse Jiang Wednesday, July 04, 2012 7:18 AM
    Thursday, June 28, 2012 2:18 AM
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