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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Features and Benefits for Mobile Development in Visual Studio 2008.

Using Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition or Visual Studio Team System we can easily extend and optimize the functionality of desktop applications to Windows Mobile-based devices.

Some features that developers can take advantage of include:

  • .NET Compact Framework 3.5, which lets developers reuse new technologies that they’ve used to build an application’s desktop version, such as Windows Communication Foundation WCF and LINQ.

  • Unit testing support, which enables developers to reuse some of the same unit tests they’ve developed for the desktop version of the application and write new ones where needed.

  • Enhanced mobile Windows Forms controls, which make it easy to modify and optimize mobile applications’ screens to support mobile devices’ smaller displays.

The benefits of such an approach include:

  • Rapid Application Development. The effort required to extend the functionality of an existing desktop application to mobile users is significantly reduced because developers can reuse a large part of the architecture, code, and unit tests from the desktop application, with most of the work going into developing a new UI for the smaller screen.

  • Breakthrough User Experiences. A Windows Mobile-powered solution puts the capabilities and information that mobile workers need at their fingertips when it is most useful—while they are on the move. New mobile Windows Forms controls enable developers to optimize the mobile application’s UI for particular job roles to enhance worker productivity.

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