Saturday, July 26, 2008

Pocket PC development connectivity issues

I have been returning to my roots and doing some Pocket PC development recently. I haven't really done that much since Visual Studio 2003, and to be honest, apart from SQL CE 3.5 which is a modest improvement on SQL CE back then, I feel like everything is pretty much the same. Emulators are slow, debugging is tedious, and device connectivity is sporadic at best. I was happily developing away when for no apparent reason I got the following error when trying to connect to my device which was happily Active Syncing,

Connection failed. A socket operation was attempted to an unreachable network.

I tried everything, disconnect, re-connect the device, shut down, restart Visual Studio 2008, even rebooting my laptop, I was still getting this error. Google was no help either, it appears to be a fairly generic, but seldom encountered winsock error not specifically related to Pocket PC development. What eventually solved my problem was performing a soft reset on the device.


  1. Anonymous7:45 am

    Hey Scott,

    So when does the iPhone development start ?????



  2. One word greg, opportunity. I don't have an iPhone, and don't currently plan on getting one, so unless someone is willing to get me an iphone, and pay me money to write software for it, I can't see myself specifically doing much iPhone development.