Building embedded Windows apps with Appveyor

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04 Nov, 2014 08:20 AM


We do a lot of work with embedded Windows app. development - e.g. C# for Compact Framework.

As a result we use Visual Studio 2008 for much of this work.

I see that Visual Studio 2008 Express is installed on the build worker default.

I'm not sure how comprehensive the support in express is for building embedded apps.

Is this something Appveyor have looked at in the past?

Thanks, Alex

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Feodor Fitsner on 04 Nov, 2014 08:17 PM

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    Never tried that before.

  2. 2 Posted by ajlennon on 04 Nov, 2014 08:38 PM

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    Are there issues (e.g. licensing) with having Visual Studio 2008 installed rather than Visual Studio 2008 Express?

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Feodor Fitsner on 04 Nov, 2014 08:44 PM

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    Yes, you should have a license for full edition. Moving forward we should see more clear separation between IDE and build infrastructure.

    I'm almost sure embedded apps support must be a part of some Windows SDK, no?

  4. 4 Posted by ajlennon on 04 Nov, 2014 09:04 PM

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    Yes I imagine so. Something that's installed as a part of VS2008. The support was removed in VS2010 so VS2008 is (I think) the last that can be used to build for WinCE 5/6/7

  5. Support Staff 5 Posted by Feodor Fitsner on 05 Nov, 2014 04:38 AM

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    Oh, WinCE! :) I had handheld with Windows Mobile 6.1 once.

    Anything with "2008" always sounds frighteningly.

  6. 6 Posted by Charlie Poole on 06 Nov, 2014 07:09 PM

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    Funny thing, I just tried to add the compact framework build of the nunit framework to Appveyor. I appear to have successfully downloaded and installed the CF 3.5 SDK but it's not found by MsBuild.

    I've had trouble with this in the past. That is, the install path used for VS2008 "smart device" support appears not to match that used if you just download and install the SDK.

    Has anyone had success with this?

  7. Ilya Finkelshteyn closed this discussion on 25 Aug, 2018 01:49 AM.

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