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Robert Levy
08-15-2003, 06:00 PM
With the released of the Smartphone 2003 SDK, the developers out there are probably wondering which .NET Windows Forms controls are available for Smartphone 2003. Here is the list of what's supported: CheckBox ComboBox Cursor Form HScrollBar ImageList Label Panel Menu ListView MessageBox MessageWindow PictureBox ProgressBar Screen TextBox Timer TreeView VScrollBar This is a subset of what is available for the Pocket PC and for the most part, I think they made the right choices here. There are some notable controls missing because they don't really fit in with the whole Smartphone user interface. For example, the standard Button control was left out because the functionality given to buttons on most platforms is handled through the softkey menus on the Smartphone platform.

There are also some controls missing that I think should have been included. For example, I'd like to have a list that works like the phone's "Programs" menu. Fortunately, .NET allows developers to fill these gaps (I managed to write my own Programs-style list control in a just few hours) and we have a great community (http://www.smartphonedn.com) that encourages sharing (http://www.opennetcf.org) of such gap-fillers (http://www.devbuzz.com).