The rapid proliferation of mobile networks for both public use and private has made connectivity-on-the-go a desirable, if not absolutely essential, condition. Nor is this mobility limited to laptops: everywhere you look, people are downloading email and other information directly to their cell phones and PDAs. For developers, this means an increased demand to create applications for mobile devices. Microsoft's .NET Compact Frameworks provides a full suite of powerful tools to help them get the job done.
The .NET Compact Framework--a scaled down version of Microsoft's .NET Framework--offers a powerful programming environment for designing rich applications for the Pocket PC or Windows Mobile-based Smartphones. If you're familiar with the .NET Framework, you'll feel right at home in the .NET Compact Framework. You'll find the perfect way to jumpstart your productivity in our new .NET Compact Framework Pocket Guide. As with all of our popular Pocket Guides, this concise book delivers just the information you need without all the fluff.
The .Net Compact Framework Pocket Guide provides a brief introduction to the framework and includes several projects to get you up to speed quickly. In this book you'll learn:
The basics of programming for the .NET Compact Framework using Visual Studio .NET 2003; you'll be up and running with Hello, World in no time at all
User interface design considerations for the Pocket PC, Pocket PC Phone Edition, and Windows Mobile-based Smartphone
How to consume web services from .NET Compact Framework applications
How to cache on-line data for use when the mobile device is out of range of a network
How to write applications that use Bluetooth.
Whether you're new to mobile programming or new to Visual Studio .NET 2003, the .NET Compact Framework Pocket Guide will teach what you need to know to get started developing mobile applications.
Wei-Meng Lee (Microsoft .NET MVP) is a technologist and co-founder of Active Developer, a technology company specializing in hands-on training on the latest technologies. He is an established developer and trainer specializing in .NET and wireless technologies.
Wei-Meng speaks regularly at international conferences and has authored and co-authored numerous books on .NET, XML and wireless technologies, including .Net Mobile Web Developer's Guide, C#.Net Web Developer's Guide with CDROM, VB.NET Developer's Guide with CDROM, and Webmaster's Guide to the Wireless Internet (Syngress). He writes extensively for the O'Reilly Network on topics ranging from .NET to Mac OS X. He is also the author of Windows XP Unwired (O'Reilly & Associates) and is currently working on Programming the .NET Compact Framework, also from O'Reilly.
Comments about oreilly .NET Compact Framework Pocket Guide:
By its nature, a Pocket Guide should concentrate on the topic in question; there's no space to waste on other matters. For me, too much of this book is given over to describing the general process of creating an application in Visual Studio. The rest is taken up with three specific examples.
That doesn't leave much room to describe the .NET Compact Framework itself. I expected much more information about the Framework: the facilities that it offers, the modules available and their features, why use the framework rather than MFC or Win32 API.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend