Microsoft .NET Compact Framework (Core Reference)
||Author: Ste Andy/Wheelwright Wigley, Andy Wigley|
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Publisher: Microsoft Press (22 January, 2003)
Sales Rank: 11,902
Average Customer Rating: 4.57 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 5 out of 5
Best .NET book I've read
For a little background, I've read about 10 .NET books. I have the MCSD.NET certification. And I've previously done some programming for the Palm PDA. I'd actually have to say that this is the best .NET book I've read, period. It's clear, it's generally to the point, and it covers everything I need to get well on my way to developing enterprise-level applications. HOWEVER, you do need some background in C# or Visual Basic.NET. It doesn't teach you those languages, nor should it. But it does give you all the code examples you need to readily accomplish every subject each chapter covers. By the way, all the code examples are in C#, but anyone who knows Visual Basic.NET probably knows how close the languages are, so there should be little problem understanding and converting the examples.
You do need Visual Studio .NET 2003 to develop apps for the Compact Framework. The book does a cursory job of explaining VS.NET, but a good job of explaining the emulators included with it. Unfortunately .NET is not an environment a hobbyist can pick up anymore like eVB might have been. You need to understand object orientation now, which if you haven't done it before, is a hurdle that takes people a little bit to get over. And things like the additional worry about security, Web Services, and ADO.NET (which requires knowledge of data modeling) have made it even more complex. This is a "professional" book written for experienced people.
The book does an excellent job of explaining interaction with a host SQL Server, fully covering RDA and merge replication. Throughout the book it points out the differences between the full .NET Framework and the Compact Framework as it addresses each subject. There are significant differences between the full framework and the compact onewhen working with SQL Server and the book handles them well.
It also covers graphics programming as well as you'll need for any business application, with examples of some nice charts and pie graphs. It also covers security fairly well and touches on interacting with Web Services. There is no real coverage of ASP.NET.
I'm usually not a huge fan of Microsoft Press books because they're sometimes incomplete while at the same time not very concise. Not the case with this one. Even though it's 700 pages, there isn't the usual 400 pages of inconsequential filler to waste your time with as in most other large programming books. I feel that this is probably the only book I will need to buy on the Compact Framework.
Rating: 4 out of 5
A good Introduction for beginner but not too deep...
I bought this book from Amazon once it's just published. Perhaps i have a high expectation on it, the book dissapointed me a bit.
Though the book did covers most of the topics on mobile application development, but it goes too shallow and not much of sample codes. Some of the important topics are just covered briefly and zero sample codes for it.
But well, I recemmend this book if you want to have an understanding of .NCF and a quick start. It's a good book!
Rating: 5 out of 5
I'll make my point quickly b/c I feel pretty strongly about this...if you are going to develop .NET CF apps, or want to learn about the CF, you need this book.
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