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SQL Server CE Database Development with the .NET Compact Framework Paperback – September 25, 2003
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VS .NET 2003 makes developing applications soooo easy that a developer that has created a Windows form application can whip out a Pocket PC application in a matter of minutes.
Building an application that is robust and corporate ready; however, requires a more robust database. It also makes the application a bit more complex.
SQL Server CE is the database I choose for my applications. This book addresses all of the questions I've run into up to this point. Since answering questions is what I am using the book for, what more can I say!
i was right. Why? Well, Rob is, if nothing else, informed and interesting. He makes you want to read more. he covers all of the normal Pitfalls and Gotcha's that you normally encounter with CE development (and yes, there are a few).
His discussion on Security alone justifies buying this book. Everything else is icing on the cake. And very good icing it is.
Of the few people that truly understand a complex subject, even fewer know how to teach others. Rob is unquestionably one of these individuals, and his book is a bargain at any price!
This book covered the subject very well and provided examples constantly, a very big plus is that all the examples are done in both C# and VB.NET (though the 2 languages arent that hard to convert to the other).
Overall a really good book and one that belongs in your collection of Mobile Development books if you are serious about the NETCF and SQL CE.
I found the chapters on Remote Data Access and Merge Replication the most useful. Detailed setup and installation instruction on what is needed to use either of these technologies. Overall book was an easy read and the examples were very useful providing a great starting point to extend on.
What do you get...
- You get the rundown of SQL CE and its limitations.
- Some reference material on the subset you must work in.
- Numerous examples.
- Complete walkthroughs of RDA and Merge replication, including how to secure the data being transfered.
Overall I am happy with the book.
I hope in the next edition it covers some topics like best practices for design, and performance enhancements.
The first three chapters are essentially how to use Visual Studio, how to use Active Sync, and how to use Query Analyzer. All are covered accurately, but no real insight on any of them.
So 311 pages into the book I finally get to something meaningful, Remote Data Access. Sorry, the chapter walks me, with full page screenshots, through the steps of the wizard to set up RDA. It then gives full source code (in C# and VB) to a simplistic example. Unfortunately, in all of that bulk, there are some important concepts which are essentially lost in the noise, such as why we use uniqueidentifier and timestamp columns.
OK, so maybe the next chapter on Replication will be good. Again, a highly pictoral walk through of the SQL Replication Wizard screens, and another application in full source code (in C# and VB). Oh wait! It's the same application as the previous chapter but with a replication button.
So keep reading there has to be meat here somewhere. Nope, we've hit the Appendix. And somehow we have again found a complete waste of pages. The Appendix contains a class listing of the Compact .NET Framework. I don't understand the point of this at all. It's just a listing of all the objects and their types. No descriptions, no properties, no methods.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This and another book got me through the limitations of the .net compact framework. This book helped me understand and code my first .Net Compact Framework PDA application. Read morePublished on January 28, 2006 by Mr. Carl Robert Perkins
SQL CE is a very tough topic with plenty of pitfalls, this is the book you need to navigate the terrain and ship your product on time. Read morePublished on September 11, 2005 by Paul Harris
This is an indespensible reference to have for serious PocketPC development. This book totally helped us push our product out for the mobile2market competition. Read morePublished on July 13, 2004
Most of this book (I would venture 80%) is padding. It could have been reduced to about 20% of its volume to provide a little more bang for the buck. Read morePublished on April 26, 2004 by Walter R. Wilde
Having done a fair amount of development with the .net compact framework, I bought this book hoping for insights into how to make the best use of SQL CE. Read morePublished on April 17, 2004 by A Paterson