will bound True Basic programs run under Windows CE

Windows CE is used for mobile and hand-held devices. Are there any issues in getting a bound (.exe) True Basic program to run in such an environment?

Thanks for your help.

Bill Roberts

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Windows CE

Hi,

Sadly TB doesn't support Windows CE. I had to resort to NS Basic to produce a program that will run on a PDA (Dell Axim). Thre is no real problem with writing such a program, but the trouble starts when you want to install it. The program itself can be transferred from your computer to the device relatively easily, but any support files such as data files or images have to be "converted" by a utility called Active Sync. Check out what people on the Internet say about Active Sync. It is worse than useless. Unfortunately, if your programs produce data and you want to see it then you have to use Active Sync to transfer the data to your PC.

The problems are so horrendous that in the end I dcided to use a tablet (Motion Computing) because it supports full Windows. You can use TB and you don't need Active Sync.

Regards

Big John

Windows CE

Thanks; this is not much worse than I expected. My concern is with a data collection program that produces text files -- could the program, say, display and allow users to edit these files with the True Basic text editor? Or is this asking too much of Microsoft?

Best regards,

Bill Roberts

Windows CE

Hi,

The file format or maybe the file allocation table is different to that used by PCs which is why you need the "converter" program (Active Sync). I even tried Blue Tooth to transmit data from the PDA to my PC but I still had to use Active Sync. I always thought that I was reasonably proficient with IT but Active Sync is from another planet.

Assuming you master Active Sync and you have your data generating program running on the mobile device producing text files, then there is no objection to using a simple TB program or even the TB editor or Notebook to read these files on your PC.

I found the tablet the best and easiest solution - simply because it operates with normal Windows and can run TB.

Regards
Big John

Windows CE

Thanks for your help; you've convinced me to stay away from CE if I can.