Simple C# HTTP Server for Windows Mobile

Simple C# HTTP Server for Windows Mobile

2/17/2009 8:24:34 PM

Recently I’ve been trying to pay a debt of sorts.  I use the software provided on the fantastic XDA-Developers frequently on my Windows Mobile devices and have been doing for almost three years now.

So currently, if I have a little bit of free time, I’ll nip past their development section and try and fulfil a random request.

Today's request might come in useful to a little bit of a wider audience so I’ll post it here.  The initial problem is outlined in this thread and the upshot was that someone needed a very simple Http server that could run on Windows Mobile, written in C#', and was programmable.

What the guy really seemed to be looking for was something that used the Http protocol to return random computed data, so after a tiny bit of googling and a simple MSDN example, I’ve built a really simple web server for Windows Mobile.

Amusingly, my sample doesn’t behave much like a web server at all.  It just tells you what you requested, but it should be enough to get you going in the right direction.  It’s derived from the MSDN example with some additional sugar, and I certainly wouldn’t suggest that it’s got a threading model that’d stand up in a production environment (at a glance it looks like it’d process requests in sequence…) but hopefully it’s useful to somebody looking to produce a simple server, or who is just interested in how Http works.

I’m not really sure if I can accurately call it a webserver, seeing as it doesn’t even support a full set of Http Verbs, but you get the idea.

I’ve not actually bothered compiling this on a mobile device yet (lack of inclination) however seeing as it was explicitly based on a socket programming for Windows Mobile MSDN example, I suspect it’ll work just fine.  No warranty, do what you will with it.

Download Simple C# Http Server for Windows Mobile (Source Code Only) (7kb)