The .NET CF was originally intended to be highly portable: unfortunately no implementations were made available except for the various breeds of Windows Mobile.
Developers who want to extend the reach of their .NET CF apps to the millions of Nokia devices in the market have thus looked to a South African company called Red Five Labs – their Net60 runtime allows .NET developers to target S60-based devices.
Net60 has just received a major update, adding touchscreen support under S60v5 among other changes. The full press release is below:
We’re proud to bring you another improved release of our acclaimed Net60 .NET framework for Symbian.
Our 4th release in as many quarters contains many significant improvements.
Version 2.1 now has a great looking WinForms UI which is much more stable than previously. The look and feel of the controls is more polished, much faster and all known issues related to the UI have been fixed.
The Net60 Version 2.1 UI also supports touch, meaning S60 5th edition devices are now supported!
Cross-platform Mobility Framework
Net60 is compatible with Microsoft’s .NET Compact Framework 2.0 and our 30 day trial now ships with an evaluation version of the Red Five Labs Mobility Framework. The Mobility Framework incorporates a host of managed APIs in a collection of DLLs which make it possible to develop cross platform solutions for both Windows Mobile and S60 using one framework. We’re shipping a great sample application which demonstrates the concept using the messaging layer provided in RedFiveLabs.Mobile.Messaging.DLL.
We’ve also made major advances on our runtime: performance has improved overall with significant improvements in many sub-components of the class libraries. Its a much more stable build.
The development tool chain also contains many improvements. Our debug build of Net60 containing the Net60 Launcher now supports folder navigation and loads wait cursors and icon resource files too.
The Genesis wizard now generates your application’s .pkg file and also allows developers to edit and therefore customise their .SIS file.