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“For nearly two decades, Paul Yao and David Durant have been acknowledged as experts on the Windows platform, so its only natural that they would bring their experienced point of view to the .NET Compact Framework. With a unique combination of historical perspective and in-depth understanding of the subject matter, Yao and Durant take the reader through not only the technical guts of the Compact Framework but also the reasons behind the design decisions.”
“Yao and Durant have written a book that, although it assumes no prior experience with the .NET Framework, serves both the rookie and advanced programmer equally well. This is definitely a rare quality among technical books and is certainly not an easy thing for an author to accomplish.”
“This is a very good hands-on book with plenty of sample code illustrating programming tasks and techniques, which any serious development effort for Windows CE or Pocket PC will require.”
“This book serves as both a great reference and tutorial when building .NET Compact Framework applications. My only wish is that it had been available sooner.”
“Of the handful of books on Compact Framework, this book takes the cake. Paul Yao and David Durants expertise with .NET Compact Framework is evident from their excellent and very insightful coverage of sections such as Building the User Interface, Managing Device Data, and Creating Graphical Output. The chapter discussing the topic of P/Invoke is unparalleled. After reviewing this book, I am certain that if there is one book that will help you understand .NET Compact Framework, this is the one.”
“Yao and Durants fresh, innovative, and in-depth look at the .NET Compact Framework gets developers up to speed using C# to develop robust and scaleable handheld software solutions. A definite must-read for mobile handheld developer enthusiasts!”
.NET Compact Framework Programming with Visual Basic .NET is the definitive tutorial and reference for the .NET Compact Framework (CF). It shows you how to transfer your skills and your code to the Pocket PC 2003 and other mobile and embedded smart devices.
Authors Paul Yao and David Durant draw upon their years of research and experience with members of the Microsoft .NET CF team to show you exactly how the best CF programming gets done in Visual Basic .NET. This is the only book a programmer needs to master the art of CF coding. Throughout the book, sample code and examples illustrate best practices and programming techniques. In addition, the companion Web site includes downloadable code for all these examples, along with a set of development tools to help you with your CF development projects.
The authors expertly zero in on what programmers need to understand for successful smart device programming, including:
.NET Compact Framework Programming with Visual Basic .NET is your single resource for everything you really need to know about CF programming.
About the Author
Paul Yao is president of The Paul Yao Company, which provides educational and consulting services to software engineers on software technologies based on Microsoft Windows. He has authored/coauthored seven books on Windows programming, including with David Durant the first book published on the subject, Programmers Guide to Windows (Sybex, 1987). Paul is a contributing editor to MSDN Magazine, writing regularly on topics of interest to Windows CE and Pocket PC developers.
David Durant is principal of Durant Associates and lead author of the groundbreaking book Programmers Guide to Windows (Sybex, 1987), the first book published on the subject. David was an early proponent of .NET, is a frequent contributor to industry journals and forums, and leads seminars on .NET-based technologies for corporate clients worldwide.
Table of Contents
About the Authors.
1. .NET Compact Framework Architecture.
Windows CE Overview.
What Is .NET?
The .NET Compact Framework.
2. What Is a .NET Compact Framework Program?
The Essence of a .NET Compact Framework Program.
Using Visual Studio .NET 2003.
The Cistern Sample Program.
3. The .NET Type System.
Using Type Information: Namespace References and Assembly References.
4. Platform Invoke.
Overview of P/Invoke.
Creating P/Invoke Declarations.
Supported P/Invoke Function Parameters.
A Sample Program: CallWin32.
Writing Win32 Dynamic Link Libraries.
Manual P/Invoke Parameter Passing.
Communicating between Unmanaged and Managed Code.
Comparing P/Invoke Support.
II: Building the User Interface.
5. Creating Forms.
What Are Forms?
Inheritance and Visual Inheritance.
6. Mouse and Keyboard Input.
Overview of Input.
Programming for Mouse Input.
Programming for Keyboard Input.
7. Inside Controls.
What Are Controls?
Categories of Controls.
Properties, Methods, and Events.
The Core Events.
The Core Properties.
The Core Methods.
Working with Control Type Information.
Five Commonly Used Controls.
A Sample Program: TimeTracker.
The Label Control.
The TextBox Control.
The ListBox and ComboBox Controls.
The Button Control.
The RadioButton and CheckBox Controls.
8. Data Binding to Controls.
Complex Data Binding.
Simple Data Binding.
The DataGrid Control.
9. Inside More Controls.
Detecting Support for Properties, Methods, and Events.
The ToolBar and ImageList Controls.
10. Building Custom Controls.
Controls as Objects.
Deriving Custom Controls from an Existing .NET Control.
Creating Composite Controls.
Creating New Controls.
Adding Animation to a Custom Control.
Authoring Custom Controls for the Multithreaded Environment.
Adding a Custom Control to the Visual Studio .NET Toolbox.
III: Managing Device Data.
Smart-Device Data Storage.
12. ADO.NET Programming.
Working with Data Sets.
Microsoft SQL Server CE.
Microsoft SQL Server.
13. Synchronizing Mobile Data.
Understanding Remote Data Applications.
Installing Remote Data Connectivity.
Using Merge Replication.
Choosing between Merge Replication and RDA.
14. The Remote API.
What Is ActiveSync?.
Accessing the Object Store.
Detecting Changes in Device Connection State.
Loading Programs and DLLs.
IV: Creating Graphical Output.
15. .NET Compact Framework Graphics.
An Introduction to .NET Compact Framework Graphics.
Drawing on the Display Screen.
16. Text and Fonts.
The Printing Pipeline.
Programming for Printed Output.
Rendering with GDI.
HP Mobile Printing.
Rendering with PrinterCE.
Appendix A: Hungarian Notation for .NET Programs.
Goals and Objectives.
.NET Naming Guidelines.
Appendix B: Supported PMEs for .NET Compact Framework Controls.
Appendix C: Data Synchronization Wizards.
The Virtual Directory Creation Wizard.
The Create Publication Wizard.
Appendix D: Windows API Allocation and Cleanup Functions.
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