Microsoft .NET Compact Framework Kick Start
||Author: Erik Rubin, Ronnie Yates|
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Publisher: SAMS (04 September, 2003)
Sales Rank: 55,542
Average Customer Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 5 out of 5
Get it. Resourceful views on real issues.. well done.
I've been developing several WinCE prototypes for the NetPad for a few weeks.. and this helped me immensely. Also bought Tiffany's book on sqlCE dev w/ the CF... the two together are helpful.
Simply implementing a working proto following Rubin's advice about XML Web Service performance and DataSets on pg. 283 might make you a hero (I'm not one yet, but close...)
Rating: 4 out of 5
Good reference - the one to buy currently
I was converting a warehouse management app from eVB to VB.Net and was struggling to find examples online and only having the Core Reference book (which kinda blows in some regards) as another source. The GotDotNet examples are good, but this book takes things one step further giving clear and concise instructions, explaining the difference between the .Net Framework and the Compact Framework and gives work-arounds for features missing (very important). It has several good threading examples, goes over a simple way of using p/invoke, explains controls like the DataGrid (in an easier format than what's online) as well as going over a lot of the tasks you're going to need to know about. It won't magically solve all your problems, but having it around will easily shave a few hours off your project and your learning curve. Given that there isn't much info online yet regarding the Compact Framework, and the only other book to really choose from currently is the Core Reference, I'd say this was the one to buy. To the 'Yawn' review, well what else should the book be about? And it's hard to be a cut-n-paste version of 'all other framework text' when there aren't really any to cut from...
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