Andrew Arnott

News from my corner of the Visual Studio Connected Experience team, programming tips, and solutions to common programming issues.

Provisioning smart devices: an introduction

A lot of questions on the MSDN forums center around how to customize a device or an app to prefer a specific network connection over another.  The correct way to accomplish this is by “provisioning” the device.  In fact a great many aspects of the device and the applications on it can be configured through… Read more

Why .NET Compact Framework fails to call some HTTPS web servers

A bug was discovered recently in the .NET Compact Framework version 2.0 (SP2 and earlier) and 3.5 that causes HttpWebRequest’s directed at some HTTPS servers to fail with this error: (for web services) System.Net.WebException: Unable to read data from the transport connection. —> System.Net.Sockets.SocketException: Unknown error (0x0).    at System.Net.HttpWebRequest.fillBuffer(HttpWebRequest request, Connection connection, CoreResponseData data)… Read more

Trying out the iPhone

So I had the opportunity to try out the iPhone for a day.  Overall I was impressed, but there were some very basic features missing from many of the otherwise killer apps that I would greatly miss if I was to use the iPhone as my primary PDA and phone.  Here is a brief summary:… Read more

Workaround for XmlSerializer T[] and List<T> bug

The XmlSerializer in NetCF 2.0 has a bug where if a single serialization requires reflecting into types that use a mixture of Collection<T>-like types for the same T the XmlSerializer will throw an exception.  Here an example where CF 2.0 would crash: public class SerializingType1 { public string[] FirstNames; public List<string> PhoneNumbers; } This type… Read more