Pocket PC and Handheld PC Developer's Guide: With Microsoft eMbedded Visual Basic (Prentice Hall Series on Microsoft Technologies Series)

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9780130650771: Pocket PC and Handheld PC Developer's Guide: With Microsoft eMbedded Visual Basic (Prentice Hall Series on Microsoft Technologies Series)

The Windows Pocket PC and Handheld PC are the most robust handheld development platforms ever created. Now, there's a start-to-finish guide to VB handheld development for every Windows programmer. Best-selling Win32 expert Nick Grattan focuses on today's most exciting opportunities for handheld development: integration with existing enterprise and Web applications. Grattan begins with a thorough introduction to the Embedded Visual Basic (EVB) environment used to create Pocket PC/Handheld PC applications, and the key differences between EVB and desktop VB. He shows how to develop database applications using SQL Server for Windows CE, presenting detailed techniques for managing remote data access and replication. The book includes detailed coverage of sending and receiving data from IIS using ASP pages and Pocket Internet Explorer; receiving and parsing XML documents; and the role of .NET Services and SOAP in handheld development. Coverage also includes: managing remote access connections; interacting with data stored in Pocket Office; the Registry; file and serial I/O; and finally, architecting mobile solutions for maximum performance and reliability. For all developers interested in creating applications for Microsoft Pocket PCs and Handheld PCs, and for developers migrating from earlier versions of Windows CE.

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Mobile solutions—in your pocket!

  • The complete guide for developing wireless applications using Microsoft(r) eMbedded Visual Basic(r)
  • Enterprise solutions, including XML, SQL, SOAP, and .NET

The Pocket PC offers more wireless capabilities than any other handheld mobile device. Now you can use the power of Microsoft eMbedded Visual Basic to develop applications that allow you to manage connections to corporate networks, access data from any Web site, synchronize information with corporate databases, and call SOAP and .NET web services, all on your Pocket PC. This is the one book that provides comprehensive coverage of all these applications and more.

Developers at all levels can learn to take advantage of the Microsoft SDKs to interact with existing database and Internet applications, using such technologies as:

  • User interfaces for Pocket PC and Handheld PC 2000
  • SQL Server for Microsoft Windows(r) CE
  • XML and DOM
  • SOAP and .NET
  • HTTP and ASP

No other book provides more complete coverage in a single volume. Jump right into wireless mobile computing with the Pocket PC, Handheld PC Developer's Guide.

About the Author:

Nick Grattan is co-founder and Technical Director at Software Paths Limited in Dublin, Ireland (www.SoftwarePaths.com). A specialist in mobile solutions, he is also the co-author of Windows CE 3.0 Application Programming (0-13-025592-0), also published by Prentice Hall PTR.

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