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Windows Mobiile Barcode Scanner

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    Windows Mobiile Barcode Scanner

    There's something new every day... I'd love your advice:

    My largest client needs a pretty simple app developed for his company's Windows Mobile devices (It uses Windows Mobile 6.5). All I need it to do is:
    1. Scan a simple UPC Code (and return its number)
    2. Allow the User to enter a Quantity; and
    3. Save the Record

    Ultimately, I'll use that data collection to create a text file that can be uploaded to their POS system.

    If I can do that, they said they'll be my "best friend forever"

    Here are the two challenges for me:
    1. I haven't developed any apps for "Windows Mobile" devices (using PhoneGap), so that's going to require some learning (I HAVE developed apps for Android, using PhoneGap); and
    2. I haven't done anything where I activate the camera to collect a barcode's information (not even sure if that's doable in Alpha).

    Before I commit to this project (which I actually thought would be easy), I'd welcome any advice from developers who have used mobile cameras to scan barcodes and/or anyone who has used PhoneGap for Windows Mobile.

    After experiencing the brain power and creativity of the Alpha developers who use this board, I know there's someone out there who could point me in the right direction.

    I'd appreciate any help you can give.


    Re: Windows Mobiile Barcode Scanner

    Oh... just to make it tougher: I just learned that their devices have Windows Mobile 6.5 embedded (I think the current version is Windows Phone 8). Ouch! I hope that's not a deal breaker!


      Re: Windows Mobiile Barcode Scanner

      I believe the supported Windows Phone version under PhoneGap Build is 8 and greater. Windows Mobile 6.5 Embedded is kind of a closed ecosystem since it's aimed directly at enterprise.


        Re: Windows Mobiile Barcode Scanner

        Yes, David... that completely supports what I read and what I expected you to tell me. The devices my customer purchased were Honeywell systems (they bought 100 of them, for all of their stores) and it appears that they really are meant to use Microsoft's "Windows Mobile 6.5.3 Professional DTK" (DTK: Desktop Toolkit) that works with an old version of Visual Studio (2005).

        I was just hoping for an alternate conclusion: That someone would tell me that PhoneGap and the plugins would also work on Mobile 6.5.

        Honeywell offers a paid program that would update the devices to Android 4 (still, a very old Android version), but, at $55 per device, that's going to be costly, so I'm not sure I'm going to recommend that. Because the application I'd design would be used only with their in-store WiFi, I might suggest they just buy some cheap Android 5 phones (I can get android 5.0 phones for $20-$30 on Amazon) that might do the trick...

        THANK YOU for responding and reinforcing what I thought. I'll guess I'll have to get there a different way.

        With appreciation,


          Re: Windows Mobiile Barcode Scanner

          Right... but, if you've not already done it, buy 1 $30 Android 5 phone and see if it'll run a PhoneGap Build app.


            Re: Windows Mobiile Barcode Scanner

            For sure! I've learned those lessons previously... the hard way.