Mobile devices, also known as PDAs or Smartphones, currently represent one of the fastest growing branches of IT industry. This is one of the reasons why development of mobile software applications gains increased importance and the number of developers keeps growing. These are not just providers of end user applications, but also providers of enterprise solutions who need to extend the functionality of their products to mobile devices.
Even though Microsoft Visual Studio .NET provides the developers with reasonable environment for smart device application development, the standard controls included with Visual Studio .NET have been designed for the desktop environment and using them in mobile application projects often causes problems.
Controls designed specifically for mobile devices
The main limitations of mobile devices are: small display, relatively low performance of the CPU and problematic control (especially if the device lacks a touch-screen).
When designing mobile applications, one needs to consider these limitations and design them so that they offers intuitive and easy-to-use user interface and reasonable performance even on the less powerful mobile devices. The simplest way of achieving this is to use specialized components.
Resco MobileForms Toolkit is a set of .NET controls designed specifically for mobile devices. All controls provide a user interface common for all standard mobile applications such as Pocket Outlook and similar, and support fast data loading which allows real-time processing of even very extensive data sources.
The MobileForms Toolkit package includes:
- Resco AdvancedList .NET
- Resco DetailView .NET
- Resco SmartGrid .NET
- Resco CompactConrols .NET
- MobileSales Sample Project
About Resco AdvancedList .NET
This efficient replacement for the ListView control is suitable specifically for mobile devices. It allows you to display data in a list while each row of the list can be displayed in a different way depending on a character of the data.
About Resco DetailView .NET
This stylish UI control provides an elegant and time-saving way of creating user input forms. It supports all standard simple input controls, such as TextBox, ComboBox, etc. while providing a consistent look and feel, making the form look similar to standard mobile PIM applications.
About Resco SmartGrid .NET
This easy-to-use Grid control supporting advanced graphics and data binding capabilities allows you to display various data in a fast, colorful grid containing different images and cell styles.
About Resco CompactControls .NET
A collection of popular UI controls such as OutlookCalendar, OutlookShortcutBar, SignatureBox, DateTimePicker and MonthCalendar in one library. All controls have been optimized for the .NET Compact Framework, so they can be easily used in mobile projects.
About MobileSales Sample Project
The goal of this sample application is to show how to develop a mobile client par of Sales Force Automation solution in Microsoft Visual Studio .NET.
The sample uses a set of Resco’s advanced controls, which gives the final application a stylish Windows XP-like appearance, with intuitive and easy-to-control user interface and good performance even on the less powerful mobile devices.