Terminology (Windows CE 5.0)
Some of the terminology in Microsoft® Windows® CE 5.0 differs from terminology in previous versions of Windows CE.
The following list provides definitions for terms that are new and widely used in Windows CE 5.0:
- Catalog item
Any item that you can select from the Catalog.
- design template
A pre-defined selection of operating system (OS) components that Microsoft provides for a category of target devices. A design template is a starting point. When saved or modified, the design template becomes an OS design.
- OS design
A selection of Catalog items that defines the characteristics of an OS. You can begin an OS design with or without a design template. An OS design corresponds to a set of Sysgen variables.
- run-time image
Software to deploy on a target device, or the same software running on a target device. A run-time image contains the OS and associated software.
The following list provides definitions for other terms that are widely used in Windows CE 5.0:
- board support package (BSP)
Software that is specific to a hardware board. This software typically includes the boot loader, OEM adaptation layer (OAL), and board-specific device drivers.
A container of individually selectable units of Windows CE functionality.
The smallest unit of functionality that you can add to an OS design.
A selection of Catalog items and a selection of build options.
- hardware platform
A hardware architecture for running a Windows CE OS and associated software.
An EXE or a DLL that is a part of a Windows CE OS.
A tracking mechanism for a collection of files that you can use to build functionality into a Windows CE OS.
- target device, Windows CE–based device
An instance of a hardware architecture or an instance of a combined hardware and software architecture.
A container for all files related to an OS design.
The following list provides definitions for terms that are sparingly used in Windows CE 5.0:
A comprehensive technology that Microsoft presents as a single entity.
A hardware and software architecture, on a target device, that results from downloading a run-time image to the target device.
The following list shows terms that are not used in Windows CE 5.0 but that were used in earlier versions of Windows CE:
- anchored feature, unanchored feature
Windows CE 5.0 refers to Catalog items that you select and Catalog items selected by a design template as user-specified Catalog items.
- build release directory
Windows CE 5.0 uses the term release directory. Previous releases of Windows CE use the terms build release directory and release directory synonymously.
- custom configuration, platform configuration
Windows CE 5.0 refers to a selection of Catalog items as an OS design, and refers to a selection of Catalog items and build options as a configuration.
- development platform
Windows CE 5.0 refers to a hardware architecture as a hardware platform, and refers to an instance of a hardware architecture as a target device.
- OS image
Windows CE 5.0 refers to a selection of Catalog items as an OS design, and refers to software to deploy or software already deployed on a target device as a run-time image.
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