I've recently brought an old PPC (PocketPC) 2003 project developed in VS 2003 into VS 2008. This converted project has some issues with it so as an alternative to conversion I created a new project a brought the code and forms from the old project, otherwise identical to the original.
One problem is that I'm running into with both the old original and new projects is that if I change a form in any way and then save a new error is flagged by VS: "Constant cannot be the target of an assignment." The error is the same in every form: code generated by the Windows Form Designer, the line that sets name of the form.
Me.Name = "[formname]"
([formname] depends on the form, is something like frmAvailableMaterial, etc). If I delete this line of code the error disappears but the next the time I change the same form, Windows Form Designer again adds the line Me.Name = "[formname]" and is flagged as an error. So the problem keeps reappearing on forms that I have already "fixed". VS 2008 keeps putting back a line that it flags as an error.
For comparison, I looked at a "clean" VS 2008 project that had no forms imported from a VS 2003 project, only forms created within VS 2008. The VS 2008 forms do not show any code generated by Windows Form Designer within the IDE. This form code isn't directly visible to the developer, only indirectly via the form editor. The VS 2003 forms still have this Windows Form Designer code even when brought into VS 2008. Since VS 2008 is having an issue with this form code, it would be ideal if VS 2008 could convert the VS 2003 form to where it would be fully compatible with VS 2008, to where there would be no real functional difference between an imported VS 2003 form and a form created in VS 2008.
Currently, the only work-around that I can think of would be to create new forms within VS 2008 and copy/paste controls and code and manually rewrite events. I'm certain that this would work with the downside being that this would also be a big investment of time and labor. I would like to see if there is an alternative way that permanently fixes this problem but doesn't require a complete reworking of the project. Does anyone know of a way to accomplish this?
You can probably duplicate this error yourself by importing a PPC VS 2003 project into VS 2008 (perhaps it doesn't even need to be PPC).