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Microsoft® .NET Compact Framework (Core Reference) by Mark Sutton, Rory MacLoed, Robert Burbidge, Stephen Wheelwright, Andy Wigley

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Developer Tools

There are currently three different toolsets available to developers building applications for Pocket PC and Windows CE.

Visual Studio .NET 2003

Visual Studio .NET 2003 includes capabilities that allow you to write and debug applications for the .NET Compact Framework. You use exactly the same tools and techniques that you use to develop applications for the full .NET Framework, but you use the .NET Compact Framework base class libraries, which are a subset of those in the full Framework. When testing, you deploy to a real handheld device or to an emulator and debug remotely enjoying the use of full Visual Studio .NET debugging facilities.

Both the full .NET Framework and the .NET Compact Framework provide an abstraction of the facilities ...

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