Friday, March 19, 2010

No SQL Compact on Windows Phone 7?

The title says it all!

But then again, some clever guy has unpacked the Windows Phone Emulator image, and lo and behold: SQL Compact version 3.5.5722.1 is there, currently not available to applications, but included on the device together with .NET Compact Framework 3.7 -

1 comment:

Snake said...

In one way I can understand it, they want to push the cloud and make sure everything is not on the phone but on a separate server.

Phones are prone to being lost.

On the other hand, there are a few cases where it does matter, like having a local database of products, because there is no internet available. I can imagine this occurs more in the US than in Europe (we have far higher coverage due to higher population density).

A good thing is that this is marketed as a phone that has to come with a data subscription so you don't NEED to develop your app like it needs a local database.

But another downside on that is storage on the other end. Who pays that? You (the developer)? The customer (as an extra subscription?)

Using local storage as a database, I don't know if I like it. We have learned over the past years that XML is not meant for saving data but just as an uniform language for different systems to talk with each other.