Last post Jul 18, 2008 04:06 AM by kevinof
Jul 17, 2008 06:04 AM|kevinof|LINK
I see a lot of discussion here on the mobile controls for wireless/pdas etc. Most of the modern devices (browsers) on the market today support XHTML/HTML so why continue to go down the mobile controls route? Why not build small footprint pages using regular
web form controls? I realize there is a compatability issue with older devices that only support wml but what if campatability with older (>2/3 years) didn't matter? MS even dropped support for mobile forms from VS2008 so my guess is this is their thinking
Love to know what peoples thoughts are on this and what direction they are going.
Mobile Handheld Devices
Blackberry asp.net mobile controls
Jul 17, 2008 11:14 AM|DarrellNorton|LINK
You can add VS2008 support back:
Most mobile development I've seen lately uses a Visual Studio add-in specific to the device, such as the Blackberry Visual Studio plugin.
Jul 17, 2008 12:18 PM|kevinof|LINK
Right - I know that you can put them back in but that wasn't my question. Mobile controls are very limited but xhtml is not and if the new devices support xhtml then why not move to it completely. Also using the bb plugin is great if the only handset you
want to target is the bb but in my business I have no idea what the handset is. Could be nokia, bb, samsung, moto, se or whatever.
Jul 17, 2008 04:54 PM|vsnet_dev|LINK
Perhaps this will answer your question
Jul 18, 2008 04:06 AM|kevinof|LINK
Thanks for the reply but that tells me the differences between the two which is fine. What I'm asking is why people would continue to use mobile controls when most, if not all, of the newer handsets support the much
richer xhtml. I have a test site using xhtml and when I met with a bunch of people yesterday I took each of their handsets and connected to the site. They all worked just fine.