Long time no see..! I have been assigned to develope a barcode scanning application using .NET Compact Framework 2.0 (I can use 3.5 if necessary).
Right then to the point, I have already developed and finished the barcode application and there came a new demand from the business team who uses the application.
Basically the devices we use are HP iPaq (Windows Mobile 6 Professional) in combination with Grabba barcode scanner. They have requested that the application I wrote starts automatically and covers the entire screen. Now as for covering the entire screen is working fine but I need to do something about starting the application when the device starts up or when a device is put to sleep by clicking the power button and then bring back, the application should start up or show up automatically.
Basically run the application in a kiosk mode.
Now I have been researching and exploring a lot of third party applications and one application so far that comes the closest to my needs is the SPB Mobile Shell when using classic today screen. It does pretty much what I want apart from locking down all buttons.
Now what I would like to know is, is it even possible to lock down all buttons at all? If not then how would I atleast go about developing an app which behaves like a SPB Mobile Shell? I know that the SPB Mobile Shell is very complicated application but all I want if the behaviour of SPB Mobile Shell's Today scree.
Now many would say that why am I spending round about AUS $1200.00 on a single piece of hardware where a barcode scan can be done using $200.00 scanner. We have a bunch of users around the country who manages a bucket load of lets say (things with barcode on them). Now we need to efficientry trak those things so they can be found easily by anyone. We already have a fully grown windows application for the business and this mobile application needs to be integrated with it. Since the users are always running around and scattered around the country we have a web service to which the application needs to talk to in order to transmit the scan data. So I need to use the PDA with Wi-Fi capability and a scanner to which the PDA will be attached and all will work.
Like I said the application is already finished, it's just we would like it to run in a kiosk mode so user's don't need to be trained to use the PDA at all and we can get away with a lot of savings on the training.
If I need to start by creating my own custom shell then where would I start from?
Edited by wrack, 19 July 2008 - 12:28 PM.