Windows Mobile 6 SDK – August Documentation Update

The August update to the Windows Mobile SDK documentation has just gone live on MSDN. You should definitely use this online version of the docs over any locally installed documentation for both Windows Mobile 6, and Windows Mobile 5.0 reference.

This month you’ll find the following key improvements:

Managing Windows Mobile Powered Devices

This is a large section that discusses using XML files to “provision” a Windows Mobile device. Effectively, this means you can change some low-level settings (as long as your OEM / device allows it) by creating an XML file and calling an API called “DMProcessConfigXML”. Although aimed mostly at OEMs and Mobile Operators, we thought you should know about it, as it is very useful for adjusting settings without performing non-supported hacks to the Registry (oh yes, we know who you are 😉 )

Remember though, the specific settings you can adjust are controlled by the device's security policy.

Programming Techniques for Windows Mobile

 This section has been updated again, and the most important topics added are:

Making use of Device-Specific Features
This short section provides an introduction to using the XML Provisioning tool, and also the State and Notification Broker.

Writing Applications that Access Databases
Another short section that introduces using databases in your application. Don’t be frightened of databases, it’s surprisingly easy to implement one.


Starter Kits

Good news for those of you who like sample code.. wait, that’s everyone, isn’t it? Well, we have a bunch of Starter Kits almost ready for release. Watch this space.. I think you’ll like them a lot.


Comments (6)

  1. Sébastien Mouren says:

    So, where is the updated installer for local documentation?

    It serves no purpose-only nurtures confusion and errors- to deliver the best content without giving it a good and complete delivery mechanism from day one.

    It is not my rant mode, but things must be done completely or mustn’t.

  2. MSDN Archive says:

    The Windows Mobile SDK Docs haven’t been updated since the day the SDK shipped – simply because the SDK docs are "baked into" the SDK, and updating them locally isn’t the easiest thing in the world for various reasons.

    Our research has shown that the majority of people use onlin help exclusively, which is why we have focused on publishing regularly to MSDN.

    Visual Studio’s help system can automatically go online and use the latest docs, which is definitely a lot better than nothing. But you are right, I know it’s just not as convenient as having them right there on your hard drive.

    But here’s the question for you: would you use a self-contained help file collection that consisted of only the Windows Mobile 6 docs, and wasn’t integrated into the rest of your Visual Studio Help Collection? It might be possible to release a separate CHM with only the Windows Mobile 6 docs…

  3. Aggiornamento della documentazione di Windows Mobile 6 SDK

  4. Frank Laub says:

    I dislike the online docs because they are too slow and too unreliable (from the perspective of having connectivity issues especially on the road.) Being able to hit F1 on any API call is just too convenient.

  5. MSDN Archive says:

    I hear you Frank. In all honesty, I think we need to spend more time looking at how developers actually want to use our documentation, rather than how we think they do – and factor that into how we spend our resources. Maybe spending less time writing docs, and more on making them available is something we need to do.

    I’m happy that we are planning some usability studies when we get real developers into the office, and watch and learn.

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