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Pocket PC, Handheld PC Developer's Guide with Microsoft Embedded Visual Basic

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ISBN-13: 007-6092012320
ISBN-10: 0130650773
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From the Back Cover

Mobile solutions—in your pocket!

  • The complete guide for developing wireless applications using Microsoft(r) eMbedded Visual Basic(r)
  • Enterprise solutions, including XML, SQL, SOAP, and .NET

The Pocket PC offers more wireless capabilities than any other handheld mobile device. Now you can use the power of Microsoft eMbedded Visual Basic to develop applications that allow you to manage connections to corporate networks, access data from any Web site, synchronize information with corporate databases, and call SOAP and .NET web services, all on your Pocket PC. This is the one book that provides comprehensive coverage of all these applications and more.

Developers at all levels can learn to take advantage of the Microsoft SDKs to interact with existing database and Internet applications, using such technologies as:

  • User interfaces for Pocket PC and Handheld PC 2000
  • SQL Server for Microsoft Windows(r) CE
  • XML and DOM
  • SOAP and .NET
  • HTTP and ASP

No other book provides more complete coverage in a single volume. Jump right into wireless mobile computing with the Pocket PC, Handheld PC Developer's Guide.

About the Author

Nick Grattan is co-founder and Technical Director at Software Paths Limited in Dublin, Ireland (www.SoftwarePaths.com). A specialist in mobile solutions, he is also the co-author of Windows CE 3.0 Application Programming (0-13-025592-0), also published by Prentice Hall PTR.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall (September 27, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130650773
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130650771
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,314,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I downloaded eMbedded Visual Basic several months ago and attempted to learn CE development using the sample apps for RDA or Replication. I was frustrated by things like how to set up
a SCROLLING data entry form, properly using menus or using SQL Server CE. This book is FANTASTIC because for those developers who are not that experienced in CE, it describes step by step how to set up menus, scrolling forms, using icons on the menu bars, etc. I am only on Chapter 4 which describes using SQL Server CE on the Pocket PC and RDA to connect to a SQL Server 2000 database. The book holds your hand and takes you DIALOG by DIALOG of what you need to set up in IIS AND SQL Server to get RDA working properly. I followed all steps, and used Nick's sample RDA application (located on the CD-ROM) to connect to SQL Server, download the database, and store the data locally. I entered a new record on the handheld an voila! RDA sent SQL to the Server to add the new record! Nick also touches on how to set up SSCERelay so you can keep the device in its cradle for testing. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking at SQL CE development or just CE development. The other great thing is that Nick covers BOTH Pocket PC and HANDHELD PC differences! Way to go Nick!
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This is a really good book for trying to understand the bewildering array of tools needing to come together to develop in eVB for the PocketPC. Nick's projects examples are more robust and more correct examples of how to write code for eVB than the Microsoft examples. Most of the explanations I have read so far in this book (I just got it last night) were just the right medicine I needed to make the next part of the project come together. What I really like about this book is that its really to the point of what does it take to make the application work. From where to get the correct software updates (SDK's, SSCE, etc), how to setup the project, how to use the controls, and enough working example of code interacting with control and libraries to make it all come together. The author doesnt spew out conceptual market buzz fluff, he gets you to code that works quickly. The treatment of SQL Server CE was worth the price of the book. ... Definitely a keeper !
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I bought this along with Tiffany and Tacke. My development project involves several PocketPC's working in a wireless networked data management environment. For my purposes Tiffany was a throw away because he never gets beyond the basic Access and ADO subjects. Tacke provides details of his sample SQLCE application. Gratton is most useful because he writes to the intermediate level, provides insight on technology and architecture, teaches the methods of using/creating key features, and doesn't waste time and patience. I found him pulling up short only on the topic of customization for merge conflict resolution, but this is probably covered in SQL Server docs. His discussion on XML, SOAP and .NET gives a valuable heads-up on Web services. Grattan is a great starting point for the serious enterprise developer.
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By A Customer on November 9, 2001
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This book not only teaches programming with Embedded Visual Basic, but also show's the pocket pc's place in the big corporate picture. Showing XML, ASP, SOAP, SQL CE, RDA and more. Good examples. If you worked with all of these before, this will show you how you can incorporate Pocke PCs with what you already know and do.
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