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A comprehensive CE class library to replace ATL and MFC

, 4 Oct 2000 CPOL
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A collection of classes for CE that do not use ATL or MFC, plus an FTP client, database viewer, and sample application that solves beam deflection equations.


CeLib is a collection of classes that are a cross between ATL and MFC Window classes with some additional functionality thrown in to get some of the functionality you get from MFC (string, network and UI).

I first started programming for Windows CE version 2.0 for HPC and 2.01 for Palm-sized PC. The only tools, available were a Visual Studio 5.0 plugin for C++ and a Visual Basic plugin for 5.0. MFC was avialble for the 2.0 HPC platform, but not for 2.01 Palm-sized PC, in addition it was a 300+ K additional installation and wasn't yet included on most ROMs. I needed to write applications that would run on both so MFC and ATL were out. So I looked at the source for MFC and ATL and some other window class library and stole the ideas and wrote my own.

An application with significant functionality can be created in 20k. The database browser that is included is about 50k and requires no DLLs that aren't already installed.

Version Information

These libraries will build for operating system versions 2.0, 2.01 and 2.11. They have been tested and work on HPC 2.0, Palm-sized PC 1.0, Palm-sized PC 1.2, HPC Pro 3.0, and PocketPC in compatibilty mode.

Some important files

CePlatform.h Compile time defines to make life easier for version differences in library includes all libraries required for COM and normal Window functionality. Library names are different across different version of CE as well as between the emulator and non-emulator versions, this header hides those differences.

Also note that in Windows CE, many library functions from Windows 95/NT like WINSOCK and TAPI are included in the standard libraries, NOT in a special libraries.

CeDebug.h Debug support such as TRACE, ASSERT
CeMisc.h Miscellaneous helper classes

Class Descriptions


CeString reference counted string class, CString plus numeric conversion

User Interface

CeBaseWnd A wrapper around HWND that provides for windows calls, but does not handle messages at all.
CeMsgWnd Message Handling for any class through multiple inheritance.
CeWnd Derived from both CeBaseWnd and CeMsgWnd to create the functionality of CWindowImpl (ATL) or CWnd (MFC), a basic Window wrapper
CeCmdBar Wrapper class for CE command bars
CeCombo Wrapper class for comboboxes
CeSplitFrame Frame Splitter class
CeTabCtrl Tab control wrapper
CDialogScroll Dialog with scroll bars
CeStatic Static control wrapper
CeChildMgr A class for managing child window positioning within a common parent
CePropertySheet Property sheet wrapper
CePropertyPage Property page wrapper
CeDialog Dialog wrapper class
CeFontDlg Font chooser dialog wrapper
CeStaticGroup Group box class

Modules, Control and Threads

CeCriticalSection CRITICALSECTION wrapper
CeWaitableHandle HANDLE wrapper with WaitForXXXXObject() support
CeManualEvent Manual Reset EVENT class
CeAutoEvent Auto Reset EVENT class
CeWaitObjects A class for constructing a list of object that can be waited for in concert (WaitforMultipleObjects, MsgWaitforMultipleObjects, etc)
CeWorkerThread Thread wrapper class
CeAppModule wrapper for an application's instance


CeSocket Socket wrapper classes
CeSockAddr Socket Address (SOCKADDR) wrapper
CeFtpClient FTP client class, a native implementation on the CeSocket class

Operating System

CeFindFile FindFile wrapper
CeRegKey Registry API wrapper
CeResource Simple Resource access
CeVersionInfo Version info extraction


CeArray Simple array class
CeSimpleMap Simple map (hashtable) class
CeRect RECT wrapper class
CePoint POINT wrapper class


CeDb CE native database support


CeInkCtrl Wraps the Ink control
CeRichInkCtrl Wraps the Rich Ink control
CeRas RAS API wrapper
CeToolTip Tooltip class


Oct 5 2000 - Updated with both functional and PocketPC support changes.


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GeneralWaitForMultipleObjects Pin
Dror Kremer1-Apr-01 7:18
memberDror Kremer1-Apr-01 7:18 
GeneralRe: WaitForMultipleObjects Pin
Anonymous23-Apr-03 7:02
sussAnonymous23-Apr-03 7:02 
GeneralRe: WaitForMultipleObjects Pin
Anonymous15-May-03 9:57
sussAnonymous15-May-03 9:57 
WaitForMultipleObjects has a bug in windows ce 2.11.
In some conditions when a thread waits for some events
it can happen that the function call never returns.
I have seen that in my own application and was searching
the bug about one week.
It is better too use a workaround with WaitForSingleObject.
GeneralRe: WaitForMultipleObjects Pin
Anonymous24-Jan-05 16:35
sussAnonymous24-Jan-05 16:35 
Generalproject.h file's FindFirstFlashCard Pin
Kevin Cao22-Nov-00 19:43
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GeneralRe: project.h file's FindFirstFlashCard Pin
Kenny Goers23-Nov-00 18:27
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GeneralWorth supporting 9x/nt Pin
anonymous6-Oct-00 6:18
sussanonymous6-Oct-00 6:18 
GeneralRe: Worth supporting 9x/nt Pin
Kenny Goers9-Oct-00 6:22
sussKenny Goers9-Oct-00 6:22 
GeneralDoes this work on H/PC 3.0 using eMbedded VC++ Pin
Michael Chapman2-Oct-00 4:51
sussMichael Chapman2-Oct-00 4:51 
GeneralRe: Does this work on H/PC 3.0 using eMbedded VC++ Pin
Kenny Goers5-Oct-00 10:11
sussKenny Goers5-Oct-00 10:11 
GeneralRe: Does this work on H/PC 3.0 using eMbedded VC++ Pin
Shane Dewing31-Oct-00 13:48
sussShane Dewing31-Oct-00 13:48 
GeneralPocketPC not yet supported ;( Pin
Kenny Goers25-Aug-00 6:24
sussKenny Goers25-Aug-00 6:24 
GeneralRe: PocketPC not yet supported ;( Pin
cao@orbworks.com28-Aug-00 11:36
susscao@orbworks.com28-Aug-00 11:36 
GeneralRe: PocketPC IS NOW SUPPORTED Pin
Kenny Goers6-Oct-00 4:48
sussKenny Goers6-Oct-00 4:48 

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