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About the Author

Rob Tiffany is an Architect at Microsoft focused on designing and delivering the best possible mobile solutions for his global customers.  His expertise lies in combining wireless data technologies, device hardware, mobile software, and optimized on-premise and cloud server infrastructures together to form compelling solutions.  Prior to his current role, Rob was a Senior Technical Product Manager for Windows Mobile in Microsoft's Mobile and Embedded Devices (MED) division where he focused on growing the mobile developer ecosystem.  He was also responsible for planning and running one of Microsoft's largest global developer conferences.  Prior to joining Microsoft, Rob founded one of the industry's first mobile device management companies.

A writer, speaker, entrepreneur and 17-year veteran of the software industry, Rob has been involved in some of the world's largest Mobile/Wireless Line of Business application efforts undertaken to date. He's the creator of Microsoft's Mobile Line of Business Solution Accelerator, he's written dozens of articles found in leading software development publications and he's the author of four books including:

  • "Windows Mobile Data Synchronization with SQL Server 2005 and SQL Server Compact 3.1"
  • "SQL Server CE Database Development with the .NET Compact Framework"
  • "Pocket PC Database Development with eMbedded Visual Basic"
In his latest book, "Enterprise Data Synchronization with SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server Compact 3.5," Rob describes how to build large systems that scale to tens of thousands of mobile devices. He's presented sessions on mobile development, infrastructure, and architecture at events all over the world including Tech Ed, Dev Connections, TechReady, VS Live, and MEDC.

Rob blogs at robtiffany.com and you can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/robtiffany.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hood Canal Press (June 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979891213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979891212
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,596,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A bestselling author of fiction and non-fiction books, Rob Tiffany has spent the last decade combining his military past with his high-tech present to take readers from the depths of the ocean to the world of mobile apps. Rob served with the Navy SEALs on a special ops delivery vehicle and patrolled the seas on a Trident submarine. As an Architect at the world's largest software company, he's in-demand as an advisor to executives and a speaker at conferences all over the world.

He lives in the Pacific Northwest and you can learn more about him by subscribing to his blog at http://robtiffany.com and following him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/robtiffany.

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I got the kindle copy but I want to get a paper copy so when Aspen is at that reading level she can read it.
LeBre
The book focuses on Merge Replication, a Microsoft-supported technology to efficiently synchronize data between one or more servers and multiple clients.
Maarten Struys
This book was quite thorough but not written like a typical tech-related book... It was to the point, well guided, well formed and easily read.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AHM Steenveld on March 12, 2010
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This book by Rob Tiffany is an excelent example of 'How To Get Things Done'. With easy reading text a whole system is configured from scratch without too much fuss on 'why' and 'what'. System integrity, security and performace are major points of concern in his book.

In no time you have a system up and running and this book gives enouch information to extend it on your own once you have a working system.

This is a book for the practical minded engineer, for use in a project that has a deadline to keep, for testing the feasability of some idea. It gets you started in a minimum of time.

It is clearly not a book discussing all kind of possiblities of a product or technique. It is also not a book for a starting engineer, some knowledge about systems and databases is a must.

Books like this are helpfull in delivering what the customer ask in time. More books like this needs to be written.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reed R. Robinson on September 1, 2009
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Rob is the real deal. He wrote this book from the trenches...hands on, real-world deployments. Simply put, he is the guy Microsoft would drop-ship into the biggest, most strategic, and difficult SQLCE replication deployments out there with a directive to "make it succeed". This book is filled with prescriptive, real-world advice on how to do it right.

If you are doing replication with SQL Server Compact Edition (SQLCE), this will be the best $20 you will ever spend.

-Reed
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Collette on December 28, 2009
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I was pleasantly surprised at how concise this book is in presenting a scalable data synchronization architecture and the actual configuration steps for implementing it. It reads mostly like a setup guide or instruction manual rather than a discussion.
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Merge replication for Windows Mobile is probably one of the most important technologies for devices running business applications "out in the field". Mobile software development projects seem to start quite easily and everyone is happy until the questions, "how do we get this data back into our servers" or "how to we populate the devices database", come up. Typically data replication is an afterthought for most mobile business application project planning. A line item of a project plan that really isn't considered until it is needed. What most people do not realize until it is too late is that it is the most important thing to plan for in a project. Whether your project has planned well or not at all for data replication, you can benefit from Rob Tiffany's latest book on merge replication for Windows Mobile devices.

In my opinion Rob has created merge replication manual on steroids. If you have any question on how to go set up a database for replication, it is answered. If you need to know about the different security strategies for setting up the SSCE Server Agent, it is covered. If you need information on setting up a publisher, distribution database and how to properly set up the tables, it is explained. If you need information how to set up your device databases as subscribers, Rob has provided that also.

Some of the most valuable information pertains to performance tuning. You will never find field proven information regarding merge replication tuning in any documentation or manual but it is in this book. There is also an appendix section that covers network load balancing should your servers require such an arrangement.
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This book, written by Rob Tiffany, is a must read for every developer who deals with storing data on Windows Mobile devices and who has the need to synchronize that data with a server. Realistically speaking, the majority of applications on Mobile Devices deal with some form of data synchronization. Tiffany starts by identifying some of the challenges and taking a look at one of the best occasionally connected applications (Microsoft Outlook) available on the market. The book focuses on Merge Replication, a Microsoft-supported technology to efficiently synchronize data between one or more servers and multiple clients. Tiffany starts by explaining the architecture of Merge Replication and he introduces a number of scenarios where Data Synchronization is essential.

In the book, Tiffany introduces a hypothetical company to explain all details about setting up a large distributed application. Each chapter in the book explains a particular subsystem. By making use of virtualization, it is possible for the reader to take Tiffany's example, experiment with it and built upon it. In this way, this book gets you real hands-on information that is very valuable for your day-to-day work. Tiffany starts the example by talking about securing the data and limiting the amount of users that are allowed to share / synchronize data. After covering security and showing you hands-on examples, a realistic database is introduced that will be used throughout the remainder of the book. The next important step that is described in full detail is how to configure the server correctly to distribute data amongst clients.
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