Well I attended MEDC in
For me the “Messaging & Security Feature Pack for Windows Mobile 5.0” is a huge step to securing a device and it’s contents should a device be lost or stolen; auto or remote data deletion etc… I think this feature pack and the integration with Exchange SP2 will go a long way to driving
Now may be I’m being too precious but for those who saw the demos at the Oz MEDC then you will appreciate that the new ARM Emulator provides a very high fidelity emulation experience but it also brings a whole new meaning to the word “SLOW”.
Yup it’s all BETA but for now it’s almost too slow to make it practical for all but the simplest of apps. You might want to check out Rick Strahl’s blog, basically a similar theme.
So given I too will be showing this stuff off then I decided to do a bit of investigation as to how to get dev and text performance to an acceptable level that wouldn’t leave me feeling completely embarrassed and bringing out my travel photos to play for time. So here’s where I got to:-
1) Don’t do this stuff in a VPC. Yup, it works, but an emulator in an emulator just isn’t going to fly and it doesn’t!!
2) Install VS2005 B2 on your base system if you can, from my experiences it sits happily with VS2003;l though a caveat, your mileage may vary so in an ideal world keep it separate from your production environment. The emulator does perform better but it’s still slow.
3) Hook up a real device to your dev system and use something like Pocket Commander Pro 5.1 from SOTI Inc to see what is happening on the device. It’s streets ahead of the free Remote Display Powertoy and you’ll be a happier bunny.
I did a very simple timing test across the systems listed below. I timed how long the app took to load itself and display data from the Nothwind.sdf database. I pulled all the columns from the Customers table (91 records) and columns from the Orders table (1078 records) in to a dataset and bound the data to 2 grids with a parent child relationship running on V2 of the compact framework. This is what I got:-
- Emulator running natively on Windows XP 3.2 HT GHz, plenty of memory: test took 46 seconds
- HP Hx4700:test took 8 seconds
- HP H4150: test took 12 seconds
The ARM Emulator is BETA and can only get better, it’s no doubt a very challenging project, so my intention not to knock the work the emulation team is doing!!
My main message is don’t be put off from trying out the compact framework, native performance is very acceptable, the dev environment is awesome and stable, the snap to UI designer is very cool and makes building a well laid out UI, ummm, well a snapJ
PS, In reality I’d not do this example using Datasets, I’d do with SQLResultSets (I’ll blog this in the next few days), data access using SQLResultSets flies!!
VS 2005 B2 provides the following compact framework support
- Pocket PC (and Phone Edition and inc Windows Mobile V2): Fx V1 and V2
- Smartphone 2003 (SE): Fx V1
- For Windows Mobile V5 Smartphone: Fx V2 is supported; you can get the SDK from here.
LOL, I needed a stopwatch to do the timings for the above test (as wanted load and execute times), so I wrote my own for the iMATE SP3i Smartphone, when tidied up I’ll post the source code somewhere. I used VS2005 B2 targeting V1 of the Compact Framework, the whole dev environment is robust and a pleasure to use. Ahhhh and best of all you can create a Smart Device Cab Project from inside Visual Studio and build and deploy your CAB file. A great step forward from the creaking Smartphone dev environment you get with VS2003.