Now that the dust has settled on MEDC, I’m thinking about how to move forward with the Bluetooth library. I had essentially put development on hold when I first heard that Microsoft were preparing their own source package prior to MEDC. When it was released, I was a little disappointed in their functionality (and compatibility) so I’ve decided to press on improving the Bluetooth.NET library. It’s going to take a few weeks to put together the next version, one key aim is to synchronise the source, samples, documentation and binaries with this next release, some of the previous releases have been binary only.
In the meantime here is a comparison of the functionality available today in the widely available Bluetooth libraries/SDKs:-
|Managed libraries||Native code SDKs|
|Bluetooth.NET||Microsoft Windows Embedded Source Tools for Bluetooth Technology||High-Point BTAccess||Microsoft Windows CE SDK||Broadcom SDK|
|COM Port mapping||*||*||*||*|
|Pocket PC 2002||*||*|
|Windows CE.NET 4.2||*||*|
|Windows Mobile 2003||*||*||*||*|
|Windows CE 5.0||*||*||*|
|Windows Mobile 5.0||*||*||*|
|Windows XP (SP1 and above)||*||*|
Obviously your feedback will help shape the library, so what are the key features you’d like to see added or improved?