Building a simple NetCF application from the command line – VB.NET version

A couple of weeks ago, I promised to post the VB.NET equivalent to my C# command line example. Today, I'm going to show you how to do the same thing with the VB.NET command line compiler.  In the C# post, I suggested adding the following environment variable to your sdkvars.bat file:

set NETCFLIBS="c:\program files\\sdk\v2.0\compactframework\windowsce"

I reference the same environment variable in the example shown below.

This example builds a very simple VB.NET application which makes use of Windows Forms and Web Services.  As with the C# example, the non-bold portions of this example are the source file and resulting executable name.

vbc.exe /noconfig /netcf /nostdlib /target:exe /sdkpath:%NETCFLIBS% /r:mscorlib.dll /r:system.dll
/r:system.drawing.dll / / /r:Microsoft.VisualBasic.dll
SimpleApp.exe Module1.vb

For details regarding the command line switches, please use vbc /?.

This handy switch allows you to shorten each one of the /r (short for /reference) switches to just the name of the assembly (rather than the more cumbersome fully qualified assembly path).

Well, that's all for today... enjoy!
-- DK

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Some of the information contained within this post may be in relation to beta software.  Any and all details are
subject to change.

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