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50,000 Downloads and counting

Thanks to all your support and feedback so far we’ve reached 50,000 individual downloads of code and binaries here at OpenNETCF.org. We are also currently rolling together a number of bug fixes and a raft of new features into a v1.1 release of the Smart Device Framework – stay tuned for more details.

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Articles

Fake Goods

A new article on using the Virtual Radio feature of the 2003 generation of device emulators is now available at MSDN


http://msdn.microsoft.com/mobility/default.aspx?pull=/library/en-us/dnppcgen/html/callevents.asp


It shows how to simulate incoming calls and SMSs using the Fake RIL on the emulator.

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Events

An MDC 2004 Summary

So its been two weeks since MDC in San Francisco, in which time I’ve been back to the UK and then out to Seattle for the MVP summit. Today the article I wrote summarising the event has gone live on Pocket PC Thoughts and you can view it here:-


http://www.pocketpcthoughts.com/articles.php?action=expand,26374


Its difficult to cover everything because there were multiple tracks running simultaneously and I also spent some time helping out in the Hands-On labs and Ask the Experts area. However hopefully I’ve managed to cover all the major points raised at the event, though of course I’d love to hear your feedback!

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Events

Why cameras should be banned at parties

So at the MVP summit I made the mistake of showing off my party trick, which unfortunately Neil caught on camera. If you check out his blog post you can enter a caption competition to win an item from the OpenNETCF store.


You’d better be quick in entering before my legal team forces Neil to withdraw the picture 🙂


 

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Reboot a device

This blog entry (courtesy of Robert Levy) shows how to programatically reset a device:-


http://blogs.msdn.com/windowsmobile/archive/2004/04/01/105878.aspx


Here is the VB.NET equivalent:-


Declare Function KernelIoControl Lib “coredll.dll” (ByVal dwIoControlCode As Integer, ByVal lpInBuf As IntPtr, ByVal nInBufSize As Integer, ByVal lpOutBuf As IntPtr, ByVal nOutBufSize As Integer, ByVal lpBytesReturned As Integer) As Integer


Declare Sub SetCleanRebootFlag Lib “coredll.dll” ()


 


Public Sub HardReset()


Dim IOCTL_HAL_REBOOT As Integer = &H101003C


Dim bytesReturned As Integer = 0


SetCleanRebootFlag()


KernelIoControl(IOCTL_HAL_REBOOT, IntPtr.Zero, 0, IntPtr.Zero, 0, bytesReturned)


End Sub


 


To perform only a soft-reset exclude the call to SetCleanRebootFlag (Thank’s to Alex Feinman for highlighting this in a recent newsgroup post)

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Articles NETCF

All about RAPI

If you are writing a desktop application to talk to your device-side software, chances are you’ll need to work with the Remote API (RAPI). This article by Larry Roof describes RAPI and uses OpenNETCF’s Communication library to copy files, launch programs and query settings on the device.

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Blogs

New blog in town

The Windows Mobile “Developer Experience” team have launched a new blog, Robert has already made a few posts regarding developing for Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition.

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Events

Back from San Francisco

I’ve got back home from MDC, my immediate task is to clear the backlog of emails and serious sleep deprivation! I’ll also be pulling together all my notes on the event for a Smartphone / Pocket PC Thoughts article.


The event included a great mixture of short term and longer-term announcements. Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition brings support for a greater range of form factors for devices. After some deliberation I decided not to get my iPaq 2210 flashed as the beta image excluded any Bluetooth support, which would cripple the device which I use day-to-day. I have of course installed the Emulator images to target the platform. Longer term, Visual Studio 2005, .NET Compact Framework 2.0 and SQL Server Mobile are shaping up to be a powerful set of tools and technologies, and I can’t wait to play with the preview version of Visual Studio 2005 that was handed out!

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MSDN NETCF

Smartphone files article gone live

Thanks to Geoff Schwab for the heads up. My article on working with files covering Storage Cards and File Dialogs is now up in the MSDN library.

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NETCF

Free space on Storage Cards

You can determine the total size of a Storage Card and available free bytes using the GetDiskFreeSpaceEx API function. Below is a “mini-wrapper” around the function which returns a structure with the three return values. You’ll notice in this example I’m marshalling longs (64bit Integers), values greater than 32bit cannot be marshalled by value but can be marshalled by reference as in this case. The DiskFreeSpace struct contains three long members to hold the accessible free bytes, total bytes and total free bytes.

public static DiskFreeSpace GetDiskFreeSpace(string directoryName)
{
DiskFreeSpace result = new DiskFreeSpace();

if(!GetDiskFreeSpaceEx(directoryName, ref result.FreeBytesAvailable,

        ref result.TotalBytes, ref result.TotalFreeBytes))
{
throw new Win32Exception(Marshal.GetLastWin32Error(), “Error retrieving free disk space”);
}
return result;
}

public struct DiskFreeSpace
{
public long FreeBytesAvailable;

public long TotalBytes;

public long TotalFreeBytes;
}

[DllImport(“coredll”)]
private static extern bool GetDiskFreeSpaceEx(string directoryName,
ref long freeBytesAvailable,
ref long totalBytes,
ref long totalFreeBytes);


 


Or if you prefer Visual Basic:-



Public Function GetDiskFreeSpace(ByRef directoryName As String) As DiskFreeSpace


    Dim result As New DiskFreeSpace


    If GetDiskFreeSpaceEx(directoryName, result.FreeBytesAvailable, result.TotalBytes, result.TotalFreeBytes) = False Then


        Throw New System.ComponentModel.Win32Exception(Marshal.GetLastWin32Error(), “Error retrieving free disk space”)


    End If


    Return result


End Function


Public Structure DiskFreeSpace


    Public FreeBytesAvailable As Long


    Public TotalBytes As Long


    Public TotalFreeBytes As Long


End Structure


Private Declare Function GetDiskFreeSpaceEx Lib “coredll.dll” (ByVal directoryName As String, ByRef freeBytesAvailable As Long, ByRef totalBytes As Long, ByRef totalFreeBytes As Long)