Microsoft® .NET Compact Framework (Core Reference) (Developer Reference) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0735617254
ISBN-10: 0735617252
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Andy Wigley has been building software for mobile devices since the early days of the mobile internet, and is an expert on mobile application development using the Microsoft .NET Compact Framework. He has been an MVP since 2003. He has co-authored a number of books for Microsoft Press, including the Microsoft Mobile Development Handbook and Microsoft .NET Compact Framework Core Reference. He lives in North Wales where he loves to go rock and ice climbing. You might also find him playing bass guitar with his heavy rock band in pubs and music venues around North Wales and the North West of England.


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Product Details

  • Series: Developer Reference
  • Hardcover: 896 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (March 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735617252
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735617254
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,483,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 5, 2003
Format: Hardcover
For a little background, I've read about 10 .NET books. I have the MCSD.NET certification. And I've previously done some programming for the Palm PDA. I'd actually have to say that this is the best .NET book I've read, period. It's clear, it's generally to the point, and it covers everything I need to get well on my way to developing enterprise-level applications. HOWEVER, you do need some background in C# or Visual Basic.NET. It doesn't teach you those languages, nor should it. But it does give you all the code examples you need to readily accomplish every subject each chapter covers. By the way, all the code examples are in C#, but anyone who knows Visual Basic.NET probably knows how close the languages are, so there should be little problem understanding and converting the examples.
You do need Visual Studio .NET 2003 to develop apps for the Compact Framework. The book does a cursory job of explaining VS.NET, but a good job of explaining the emulators included with it. Unfortunately .NET is not an environment a hobbyist can pick up anymore like eVB might have been. You need to understand object orientation now, which if you haven't done it before, is a hurdle that takes people a little bit to get over. And things like the additional worry about security, Web Services, and ADO.NET (which requires knowledge of data modeling) have made it even more complex. This is a "professional" book written for experienced people.
The book does an excellent job of explaining interaction with a host SQL Server, fully covering RDA and merge replication. Throughout the book it points out the differences between the full .NET Framework and the Compact Framework as it addresses each subject.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Moth on March 14, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Writing a book on the .NETcf is a challenge because there is a wide target audience to pick from...Each group has different needs e.g. introduction to programming for small devices OR to programming against the .NET libraries OR to differences with the desktop version etc. So, inevitably you will belong in one or more of the above categories with corresponding requirements and hence will find redundant info in a book that tries to please all people - such as this book.
You will find introductions to the classes of the .NET framework that exist on both desktop and CF. These are very good descriptions and even though there are deeper explanations in other books, here you have the confidence that everything described is applicable without having to check elsewhere for supported classes/methods. If you are very familiar with the desktop version you will be able to skim through a good half of the material in the book just noting the differences.
There are areas which are new to the CF or just very different from the desktop and these are covered well, including deployment, infrared comms and SqlServerCe. The winform controls have fewer methods than their desktop counterparts and as such you will have to create custom controls fairly often so the chapter on this subject is very valuable and well written. You will also have to interoperate with native code and the chapter on that is good including an excellent description of the CF-specific MessageWindow component.
Two areas are briefly touched upon and deserve much more attention: Targeting both the desktop and compact frameworks from the same projects and COM interoperability.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By jayplus707 on February 13, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I've been reading this book for a couple of weeks now and this is a good book for those who are beginning .NET programming with mobile devices using the .NET Compact Framework. Here are the different parts of the book:
1. .NET Compact Framework Architecture
This section mainly goes through the history of PDAs, starting with the first portable computer, the Osborne-1. It then compares the different development tools with .NET, such as eMbedded Visual Basic. It does a great job explaining the .NET framework fundamentals (CLR, MSIL...), as well as what the .NET compact framework is all about. For those who aren't familiar with .NET, this is a great beginning to your .NET journey. If you are already familiar with .NET, just skim through it since you probably already know most of what this section contains.
2. Developing Applications with the .NET Compact Framework
This section goes through building the GUI and windows forms, testing and debugging your application, and completing and distributing your applications. This section is very well written and has been helpful. It goes through building different controls and what problems you may have to think about because of the limited form size on PDAs. It also talks about all the debugging functionality .NET has built into it, such as breakpoints, exception handling, and watching variables. Probably the mort important part is completing and distributing your application and it does a satisfactory job, although the book didn't actually go through a full example.
3. Common Programming Tasks
This section talks about different collection classes, such as arrays, arraylists, and stacks. It also discusses date and string manipulation. XML, File I/O, networking, and security each have a chapter dedicated to each subject.
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