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Microsoft® Mobile Development Handbook (Developer Reference) Paperback – May 22, 2007

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ISBN-13: 978-0735623583 ISBN-10: 0735623589 Edition: 2nd

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Key Book Benefits:

-Features essential coverage of key mobile-development topics

-Covers application development for .NET Compact Framework 2.0, in addition to SQL Server 2005 Everywhere Edition and Microsoft Windows Mobile® 5.0, running on devices such as Pocket PCs and Windows Mobile Smartphones

-Delivers practical guidance based on the authors' extensive, real-world experience

-Includes code samples in C#, with additional code samples in Visual Basic on the Web

About the Author

Andy Wigley is a Microsoft MVP for Device Application Development and founder of his own mobile development and consulting company. He is coauthor of several books, including Building Microsoft ASP.NET Applications for Mobile Devices, Second Edition, and Microsoft .NET Compact Framework Core Reference.

Daniel Moth works for Microsoft UK in the Developer and Platform group and is a former MVP for Device Application Development. He is a developer, a consultant, and an author who specializes in the .NET Framework and mobile technologies.

Peter Foot is a Microsoft MVP for Device Application Development. His company, In The Hand Ltd., provides development and consulting services and software components for the .NET Compact Framework. He is an active contributor to the mobile and embedded development community.


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Product Details

  • Series: Developer Reference
  • Paperback: 686 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 2 edition (May 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735623589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735623583
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #893,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Rob Tiffany on August 13, 2007
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Trust me, I've read them all going back to 2001 and I've written two of them myself. This is as broad and deep as it gets when it comes to managed code development on Windows Mobile. This should come as no surprise as it was written by the Windows Mobile MVP "Dream Team" of Andy Wigley, Peter Foot and Daniel "The Moth" Moth (now at Microsoft). Not only is this one of the first books to cover the .NET Compact Framework 2.0 and SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition, it even gives the reader coverage of Visual Studio 2008, and .NET Compact Framework 3.5 technologies such as WCF, LINQ, Compression, and "on-device" Unit Tests.

This book provides superb coverage of Security Programming where it shows the reader how to encrypt data with AES and RSA plus the signing of exe's and dll's. If you're interesting developing games or UI's that can't be created with the controls found in the Visual Studio Toolbox, the two chapters on Graphics and Direct3D Mobile are unparalleled. As someone who has a personal interest in the sucess of games on Windows Mobile using the .NET Compact Framework as a consistent game development runtime, this book serves as the launch pad for such endeavors. Whether you're an ISV looking to build the next killer app, a corporate developer tasked with mobilizing your line of business applications, a consultant that needs to aquire mobile development skills, or a game development house looking to take advantage of the explosive growth of the Windows Mobile platform, I highly recommend you get this book!

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By calvinnme HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 8, 2007
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This book is for new and existing mobile application developers who already have some experience developing applications using the .NET Framework, either desktop or compact version. If you are new to .NET, first read "Microsoft Visual C# 2005 Step By Step" by John Sharp or "Microsoft Visual Basic 2005 Step By Step" by Michael Halvorson. Those books can teach you the programming basics, and you will then be prepared to use this book to learn mobile application development. This book can help you develop mobile applications using .NET Compact Framework 2.0 and will introduce you to some of the new features that are in .NET Compact Framework version 3.5, which will be released with the next release of Visual Studio, currently code-named "Orcas."

Along the way, the book highlights features that are new to .NET Compact Framework 2.0 so that the developer who has experience building applications using the version 1.0 product can identify new features that are helpful. However, the main purpose of this book is to give you the essential information you need to design and build applications that work on a constrained device such as a Pocket PC or Smartphone, or on embedded hardware. It instructs you as to how to build and debug applications, how to design GUIs that work on small devices, and how to deploy applications. It also delves into problems that are unique to mobile device applications, such as how to design and build applications that work well with unreliable, slow network connections, which is the usual state of affairs with phone-enabled mobile devices. This book is a handbook for the mobile developer that explains how to tackle the common problems that mobile application developers encounter.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By William G. Ryan VINE VOICE on September 15, 2007
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You can't get very far in Windows Mobile development without learning of the names Andy Wigley, Peter Foot and The Moth. They are three brilliant developers and all have been in the game long enough to know it inside and out.

When I bought this book, I had high expectations. Not only did they deliver, they took it up a few notches. If there's an area of WinMobile development that they left out, I sure haven't been able to find it. From UI effects to data access (and a stellar discussion on Sql Server CE), everything is covered and covered well. These guys all spend a ton of time answering questions in public newsgroups and it's very evident that they used this experience as a reference point in writing this book.

The fact they threw in a good bit about Orcas was just icing on the cake. This book is superb from start to finish and a must have for any mobile developer
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Richard Monsonhaefel on September 20, 2007
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Every now and then you run across a programming book that is exceptional; one that is far richer and more useful than the multitude of other resources out there. I recently had this experience while researching Microsoft .NET Compact Framework. While Microsoft has a wealth of documentation on .NET Compact Framework it's sometimes difficult to figure out what documentation is up to date and where to find coverage on a particular subject.

Having many questions left unanswered by Microsoft's Web site, I finally turned to this edition of the "Microsoft Mobile Development Handbook" (Microsoft Press 2007) by Andy Wigley, Daniel Moth, and Peter Foot.

In a nutshell the book is one of the best programming books I've read in a long time. In fact, I give it my highest recommendation. .NET Compact Framework is a nice piece of work and this book will help you appreciate all of its capabilities and how all the parts fit together.

If you are thinking of developing mobile applications and are considering .NET Compact Framework, I recommend you buy a copy of this book.
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