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Mobile Web Development with Microsoft Visual Studio .NET: 

Mobile Web Development with Microsoft Visual Studio .NET Malek Kemmou CEO Arrabeta kemmou@kemmou.com

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xmlContainer.Render() <Speaker> <Bio> <P> CEO Arrabeta (consulting firm based in Casablanca Morocco) <BR/> Newtelligence Alliance Partner </P> <P> Senior Consultant and Senior Trainer <BR/> Solutions Architecture, integration, interoperability </P> <P> Microsoft Regional Director for Middle East and Africa </P> <P> Ineta MEA Speaker Bureau </P> <P> Speaker at many conferences and events (TechEd, NDC, MDC, DevDays, DevEssentials …) </P> </Bio> </Speaker>

Microsoft Regional Directors: 

Microsoft Regional Directors http://www.microsoft.com/rd ~140 experts from all around the world Speaking at PDC 2004 : Clemens Vasters (Germany) Stephen Forte (New York) Farhan Mohammad (Minesota) Goksin Bakir (Turkey) Malek Kemmou (Morocco) Ahmad Badr (Egypt) Hossam Khalifa (Egypt)

Mobility Track: 

Mobility Track Mobile Web Development with Microsoft Visual Studio .NET Developing Compact Framework Applications for PocketPC and Smartphone Developing PocketPC Applications for a Semi-Connected Environment Building Localized/Globalized Applications for Windows Mobile Devices (Goksin Bakir) Developing Performing Mobile Applications with the .Net Compact Framework

Agenda: 

Agenda Devices today Mobile Internet Challenges .Net approach to devices 265 devices (Device Update 4) Object Model and built-in controls Extending to non supported devices ASP.Net mobile Controls Single code base Targeting specific devices

Mobile Devices Today: 

Mobile Devices Today 100s of phones Multiple PDA/XDA devices Tablets, Mini-Tablets …etc.

.Net for devices overview Development Platform: 

.Net for devices overview Development Platform Local Code Remote Web Pages Client-side Rich Apps Server-side Web Apps

Challenges: 

Challenges How many code bases do I have to maintain ? Form factors Rendering Markups : WML1.1, 1.2, 2.0 cHTML XHTML HTML 3.2 / 4.0 Capabilities Back buttons ? Cookies ? Scripts ? …etc. How do I add support for new devices ?

Traditional Techniques: 

Traditional Techniques Reading the Request Headers What markup What capabilities What Gateway capabilities Fan out to separate code Maybe componentize code for some reuse Maybe code some template based rendering

The Solution: ASP.NET Mobile Controls: 

Adaptively render to devices based on browser, device and gateway combination Extend ASP.NET to empower web developers to build mobile web applications Integrates with the Visual Studio .NET development environment for ease of use. Formerly known as Microsoft Mobile Internet Toolkit. The Solution: ASP.NET Mobile Controls

The Solution: ASP.NET Mobile Controls : 

The Solution: ASP.NET Mobile Controls Single mobile Web page that adapts to multiple devices Support multiple mark-up languages WML1.1 (WAP), cHTML 1.0, xHTML Mobile and Basic profile, HTML 3.2 … Support for a variety of devices Web enabled Cell Phones, PDAs, and Pagers Customizable and extensible framework Add new controls and devices Support for new devices without having to rewrite or recompile your application

Demo: 

Demo Adaptive Rendering

Mobile Web Controls: 

Mobile Web Controls Out of the box, ASP.NET Mobile Controls Works with 265 different mobile devices out of the box (with Device Update 4) Is easily extensible to support additional devices Uses basic style properties (for example: Font, font-size, forecolor) that are advisory Used only if supported by requesting device Ignored for down-level browsers Gives acceptable presentation across wide range of devices for minimum development effort Customization Allows advanced presentation features of up-level browsers to be leveraged Gives a richer, clearer user interface Enhances usability for the application

How MWC Work… : 

IIS .NET Framework Mobile Internet Toolkit Development Environment Production Environment Create ASP.NET Pages Integrate Business Logic Wire-up events Add User Interface Element ASP.NET Mobile control Post/Save to Web Servers HTTP Request Detect Device Capabilities Generate output (markup language) Based on device, browser and gateway combination HTTP Response Load and execute ASP.NET Pages How MWC Work…

Demo: 

Demo How a simple Mobile Web Form Works

ASP.NET Mobile Controls Object Model: 

ASP.NET Mobile Controls Object Model MobileControl StyleSheet TextControl TextView ValidationSummary AdRotator Calendar PagedControl SelectionList Panel Image Link Label Command PhoneCall BaseValidator Form ObjectList List TextBox RequiredField Validator RegularExpression Validator RangeValidator CustomValidator CompareValidator

ASP.NET Mobile Controls Containers: 

MobileControl StyleSheet TextControl TextView ValidationSummary AdRotator Calendar PagedControl SelectionList Panel Image Link Label Command PhoneCall BaseValidator Form ObjectList List TextBox RequiredField Validator RegularExpression Validator RangeValidator CustomValidator CompareValidator ASP.NET Mobile Controls Containers

ASP.NET Mobile Controls Forms: 

Multiple forms per page Separately addressable set of controls that can be navigated Container for other controls Rendered as one or more “screens” based on target device Only one active form at a time By default – first form active when page accessed Set via ActiveForm ASP.NET Mobile Controls Forms

ASP.NET Mobile Controls Panels: 

Provides grouping for multiple controls Single control for displaying, hiding enabling or disabling a set of controls Applying styles to panel that are inherited by child controls Empty panel placeholder container for dynamically created controls ASP.NET Mobile Controls Panels

Demo: 

Demo Containers

ASP.NET Mobile Controls Text Display: 

ASP.NET Mobile Controls Text Display Label Control Small amount of content – read only text TextBox Control Single-line input text boxes TextView Control Exclusive to Mobile Web Controls Large fields of text Small set of mark-up: bold, italics, page break, paragraph, anchor tag Support pagination

ASP.NET Mobile Controls Lists: 

Declared or databound list of items Decorations: None | Bulleted | Numbered Items can be set to act as links Static or interactive mode Support pagination Similar to DataList control in ASP.NET ASP.NET Mobile Controls Lists

ASP.NET Mobile Controls ObjectList: 

Strictly databound Use to show list or table of data objects Can view multiple fields for each data object Can associate multiple commands with each object Support pagination Similar to DataGrid in ASP.NET ASP.NET Mobile Controls ObjectList

Demo: 

Demo Text and List Display

ASP.NET Mobile Controls Control Transfer: 

Link Control Text-based hyperlink to another form on the mobile page or any URL Softkey Property Similar HyperLink Control in ASP.NET PhoneCall Control Exclusive to MWC Generates mark-up for automatically calling or displaying phone numbers ASP.NET Mobile Controls Control Transfer

ASP.NET Mobile Controls Control Transfer: 

Like Button Control in ASP.NET Way to invoke ASP.NET event handlers from UI elements SoftkeyLabel Property Specify text for Softkey on supporting mobile phones ASP.NET Mobile Controls Control Transfer

Adding an Unsupported Device: 

Adding an Unsupported Device <browserCaps> <use var="HTTP_USER_AGENT" /> <filter> <case match=".*Windows CE.*"> <filter> <case match="Mozilla/.* \(compatible; MSIE 3.02; Windows CE; (?'deviceID' \w*;)* (?'screenWidth'\d*)x(?'screenHeight'\d*)\)"> <filter> <case match=" Smartphone;" with="${deviceID}"> canInitiateVoiceCall = "true" inputType = "telephoneKeypad" isColor = "true" maximumRenderedPageSize = "300000" preferredImageMime = "image/jpeg" screenCharactersHeight = "13" screenCharactersWidth = "28" </case> </filter> </case>

Customization Example: 

Enhances presentation, and retains same functionality across all devices WML 1.1, Monochrome, WBMP graphics HTML 4.01, XHTML-Basic, CSS1, Jscript, Full color, JPG, GIF, PNG graphics Customization Example

Customization Process: 

Customization Process

Demo: 

Demo Customizing Rendering

ASP.Net Mobile in ASP.Net 2.0: 

ASP.Net Mobile in ASP.Net 2.0 Not separate from regular ASP.Net All ASP.Net Web Controls built for mobile device support Fully backward compatible Mobile Web Control based code continues to run Warning : Doesn’t make a case for one code base covering multi-device and regular Web Form factors targets difficult to unify Maintenance load Can permit reuse and unified UI Processing

Summary: 

Summary Connected environment Out of the box support for 265+ devices Auto detection, adaptive rendering Customizable Extensible

Call to Action: 

Call to Action There are 100s of millions devices out there Great opportunities Start using the ASP.Net Mobile Controls to target as well low end & high end devices Start extending Web Solutions for mobile users Explore possibilities for disconnected applications as well

Questions: 

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