Getting started with customization

The ArcGIS mobile framework for Windows Mobile allows you to extend the out-of-the-box application by modifying existing functionality or introducing new business logic.

If you're new to the out-of-the-box mobile application, familiarizing yourself with it will help you better understand the application framework, as the application itself is built on top of application framework. It's important to learn the basics of the application, especially its task-centric, workflow-driven design. To get started with customization, see Introduction to Customization. It gives a brief introduction and addresses some important key concepts. You can also take a look at the Summary diagram.

Before you can get hands-on experience using the application or following the tutorials in the help, you need to configure your development machine. The information is available in Setting up the development environment.

There are two walkthroughs available for you to get started. They both come with detailed, step-by-step instructions for you to follow to create your first task or project extension. These walkthroughs will give you an idea of what is involved in developing extensions or tasks with the application framework.

ArcGIS Mobile ships project templates and item templates that you can leverage in Visual Studio. They are installed by the ArcGIS Mobile setup and integrated seamlessly with Visual Studio. These project templates are used as part of the walkthrough samples, because they automatically create the necessary files for you just like using any other Visual Studio templates. It also creates a matching Mobile Project Center project that is consumed by Mobile Project Center when you author a mobile project.