Packaging and Deploying in the Compact Framework

The penultimate chapter both in this book and in this third section of additional programming considerations takes a look at the options for packaging and deploying Compact Framework solutions. As you'll see, much of the work involved with packaging an application is taken care of by the SDP functionality in Visual Studio .NET 2003. Once packaged, the application and the Compact Framework itself can be deployed in a variety of ways, some of which may require custom code development, depending on the location and connectivity of the device.

However, before addressing the two central concerns outlined in the previous paragraph, we'll begin with a discussion of how assemblies are versioned and how the EE handles various versions of the same assembly on the device.