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Pocket PC Development in the Enterprise: Mobile Solutions with Visual Basic and .NET Paperback – October 9, 2001

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional (October 9, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201750791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201750799
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,610,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"In their book, Andreas and Christian provide the necessary linkage between the popular program development environments and the explosive growth potential exhibited by the Pocket PC platform. The key to continued growth and productivity in the smart handheld device market is the development of the next wave of applications. "Andreas and Christian take a unique approach by focusing on the enterprise and their view of the Pocket PC as a logical extension of the enterprise and the next access device. For clarity and ease of learning, the authors develop a series of applications focused upon a fictitious company. By following the examples, the reader becomes acquainted with the business processes and is walked through the code that brings those processes to the Pocket PC. "As a result, this book becomes an important contribution to the literature supporting the move towards smart handheld devices and the growth of Pocket PC as an enabling operating environment. Enjoy!" " from the foreword by Ted Clark, Vice President, iPAQ Mobile Solutions, Compaq" "Mobile devices and wireless bandwidth have matured and converged to enable great mobile enterprise solutions. Andreas and Christian enable you to quickly take advantage of this high-growth area" "Lenn Pryor, Lead Product Manager, Mobility Group, Microsoft Corporation" "This book convinced me that EVB is a viable language for Pocket PC development. It is a must for serious Visual Basic developers targeting Pocket PC. I am impressed by the authors' excellent use of EVB for developing mobile enterprise solutions." "Chris M. Muench, Siemens' technology ambassador to Microsoft and author of "The Windows CE Technology Tutorial" (Addison-Wesley, 2001)"

From the Back Cover

Developments in mobile technology and the wireless internet are converging to offer new opportunities for improving business processes and creating important new products and services. Pocket PC Development in the Enterprise is the first book to explain how to exploit these trends by developing mobile enterprise solutions based on Microsoft's increasingly popular Pocket PC platform.

The authors discuss the business implications of the mobility boom before going on to provide the method, the code, and the tools for the reader to develop their own mobile solutions. To aid understanding, the book uses the story of a fictitious company, ACME Copier Inc, illustrating how their field service operation improves customer satisfaction and productivity via Pocket PC applications. The client- and server-side components that make it all work are included with the book, enabling the reader to reuse vital elements of the solution.

Pocket PC Development in the Enterprise includes these invaluable features to help new developers hit the ground running:

  • An overview of the business impact of mobile solutions;
  • A tried and tested Pocket PC application development method;
  • An effective mobile system architecture design blueprint;
  • A set of practical, real-world illustrations;
  • A wealth of sample code walkthroughs;
  • A CD featuring all the code plus a host of essential Pocket PC developer tools.

CD contents include:

  • FULL LICENSED VERSION of Odyssey Software CEfusion 3.5 Developer Enterprise Edition
  • All the book samples in source code format
  • Microsoft eMbedded Visual Tools 3.0
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2000 for Windows CE 1.1 Trial Edition
  • Microsoft SOAP Toolkit 2.0
  • Microsoft Reader 1.5
  • Read in Microsoft Reader add-in for Microsoft Word 1.0
  • Developer One Pocket ScreenSnap 5.0 (Full Version)
  • Odyssey Software ViaXML 1.1 Trial Edition
  • Odyssey Software OSIUtil 1.0
  • Software 309 PictureBox Control 2.7
  • Ezos EzWAP 2.0 Evaluation
  • Larry Banks' Virtual CE
  • Simon Fell's Pocket SOAP 0.9.1


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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tim Walsh on December 31, 2001
Format: Paperback
When I picked this book up I was pleased to find useful tools and tips included in both the book and on the CD. The code for the datetimepicker alone pretty much justifies the cost of the book in my opinion. Having the embedded Visual Tools, SQLCE, and the other tools all on one CD is also a good thing.
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By A Customer on January 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
In my opinion this is a book built arround a very good example of an application, but not a book to start with nor a book for the experts.
The introduction goes fast jumping from subject to subject without showing a clear direction to teach you either logic, approach, language, conventions or how to better understand the environment (developing environment)
The fact of talking about visual basic makes me think instantly that there will be a smooth transition till you are up to speed and then jump to more complex examples, in this book it is a collection of picks and tricks in a messy way in order to prepare you without too much explanation so they can explain "real" application written in VB.
Funnily the application itself is very informative and useful but by the time you arrive there there are too many questions running wild on your head and is quite fustrating.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 18, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is extremely broad yet contains more sample code than most other books! Really enjoyed the Pocket Service sample!
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