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.NET Compact Framework Programming with C# 1st Edition
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From the Back Cover
“For nearly two decades, Paul Yao and David Durant have been acknowledged as experts on the Windows platform, so it’s only natural that they would bring their experienced point of view to the .NET Compact Framework. With a unique combination of historical perspective and in-depth understanding of the subject matter, Yao and Durant take the reader through not only the technical guts of the Compact Framework but also the reasons behind the design decisions.”
—Joshua Trupin, Executive Editor, MSDN Magazine
“Yao and Durant have written a book that, although it assumes no prior experience with the .NET Framework, serves both the rookie and advanced programmer equally well. This is definitely a rare quality among technical books and is certainly not an easy thing for an author to accomplish.”
—Doug Holland, Precision Objects
“This is a very good hands-on book with plenty of sample code illustrating programming tasks and techniques, which any serious development effort for Windows CE or Pocket PC will require.”
—Bill Draper, Director of Software Development
“This book serves as both a great reference and tutorial when building .NET Compact Framework applications. My only wish is that it had been available sooner.”
—Greg Hack, Senior Software Engineer, Allscripts Healthcare Solutions
“Of the handful of books on Compact Framework, this book takes the cake. Paul Yao and David Durant’s expertise with .NET Compact Framework is evident from their excellent and very insightful coverage of sections such as Building the User Interface, Managing Device Data, and Creating Graphical Output. The chapter discussing the topic of P/Invoke is unparalleled. After reviewing this book, I am certain that if there is one book that will help you understand .NET Compact Framework, this is the one.”
—Deepak Sharma, Senior Systems Specialist, Tata Infotech Ltd.
“Yao and Durant’s fresh, innovative, and in-depth look at the .NET Compact Framework gets developers up to speed using C# to develop robust and scaleable handheld software solutions. A definite must-read for mobile handheld developer enthusiasts!”
—Andrew Krowczyk, Software Architect, Zurich North America
.NET Compact Framework Programming with C# is the definitive tutorial and reference for the .NET Compact Framework (CF). It shows you how to transfer your skills and your code to the Pocket PC 2003 and other mobile and embedded smart devices.
Authors Paul Yao and David Durant draw upon their years of research and experience with members of the Microsoft .NET CF team to show you exactly how the best CF programming gets done in C#. This is the only book a programmer needs to master the art of CF coding. Throughout the book, sample code and examples illustrate best practices and programming techniques. In addition, the companion Web site includes downloadable code for all these examples, along with a set of development tools to help you with your CF development projects.
The authors expertly zero in on what programmers need to understand for successful smart device programming, including:
- Garbage Collection in the .NET Compact Framework
- Controls and supported Properties, Methods, and Events (PMEs)
- Custom controls with Windows Forms Designer support
- Using Platform Invoke (P/Invoke)
- Simple and complex data binding and the DataGrid control
- Programming with ADO.NET data classes
- Synchronizing SQL Server CE with SQL Server 2000 databases
- Creating graphical output, including font and printing coding tricks
- Differences between the standard desktop framework and the CF
.NET Compact Framework Programming with C# is your single resource for everything you really need to know about CF programming.
About the Author
Paul Yao is president of The Paul Yao Company, which provides educational and consulting services to software engineers on software technologies based on Microsoft Windows. He has authored/coauthored seven books on Windows programming, including with David Durant the first book published on the subject, Programmer’s Guide to Windows (Sybex, 1987). Paul is a contributing editor to MSDN Magazine, writing regularly on topics of interest to Windows CE and Pocket PC developers.
David Durant is principal of Durant Associates and lead author of the groundbreaking book Programmer’s Guide to Windows (Sybex, 1987), the first book published on the subject. David was an early proponent of .NET, is a frequent contributor to industry journals and forums, and leads seminars on .NET-based technologies for corporate clients worldwide.
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This book assumes very little .NET knowledge, but they don't waste a lot of time getting the user up to speed and I think can be easily understood with anyone with a decent Windows programming background.
I hope they come up with new book describing the differences between the current compact framework (1.x) and 2.0 which will be released with VS 2005.
The authors do not assume reader familiarity with Windows CE or embedded development in general and cover these topics as appropriate; furthermore, they go into great detail describing how to achieve results via PInvoke, which is essential given the compactness of the .NETcf.
This book is essential for all .NETcf developers. However, there will be a small minority (e.g. targeting simple SQL-based apps with VB as their only background) that could find the info overwhelming. On the other hand, an experienced eVC developer may find a lot of info not specifically related to .NETcf.
Apart from everything one needs to know about drawing text and fonts, highlights include a great overview of the Windows CE platform. It is a "must" for desktop developers who are moving to the .NETcf. Other sources don't consider this at all. The memory management section is fantastic. No matter what programming background one has (eVC, VB, .NET desktop framework); this stuff is invaluable and not covered anywhere else at the time I read the draft. It is a shame for the authors that the book took so long to be published and some of this stuff is now available online...
Apologies for not going into greater detail on the contents but to sum it up, if you will buy a book on the CF 1.0 today then this is the one to have - I should know as I have read every other CF book on the market :-)
One of the reasons that this book is so incredibly thorough is its size. At 1300+ pages (close to 1400 counting the index), this is by far the largest book I have from this series.
Fortunately, you should be able to thumb through this text as a reference manual even after you've completed it.
My main complaint with the book is that it is a little too introductory. Specifically, I would expect coverage of network programming topics, the .NET System.Net classes, and much deeper coverage of XML and Internet programming topics. As such, this is much more a beginner's book than one suited to experience Windows CE programmers. All in all, though, this title is still worth the money.
I strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants to enter .NET Compact Framework programming and to be comfortable in attempting to do some professional projects.
The author definitely demonstrated his vast knowledge about the platform with this book.