Windows Embedded Compact Application Development
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Application development for Windows CE is a straight forward affair. The development tools are the same tools you would use to develop a application for a PC running a desktop version of Windows. However, instead of running and debugging the code directly on the development PC, the application is deployed directly to the Toradex module (aka the "target"). The connection to the target is typically via USB or Ethernet.
It is even possible to develop applications which run both on an x86 development PC and the Toradex module if your application is written in managed code to run under the .NET Compact Framework.
Application debugging is done via Ethernet connection.
WEC2013 is not available for the Colibri PXA line or for the Colibri T20 (Nvidia Tegra 2).
WEC7 and WinCE 6 require Visual Studio 2008 or Visual Studio 2005. Application debugging is done via USB client (Windows Mobile Device Center) or Ethernet. You will require at least the Professional Version or higher.
Learn more in How to Setup the development Environment for VS2008.
It can be tricky to find & purchase an older version of Visual Studio; see our guide for recommendations: How To purchase Visual Studio.
Toradex provides free samples and libraries to get you started.
Very popular are Windows Forms, Silverligth/XAML in .Net or the Qt Framework. You find more informatoin in the Graphical User Inteface Article.