Synopses & Reviews
The Pocket PC is the fastest growing platform for building handheld-based enterprise applications. Free from the memory limitations and underpowered processors of other handheld platforms, Pocket Access and eMbedded Visual Basic are providing the Pocket PC with the same one-two punch that Microsoft Access and Visual Basic gave Windows application development in the early 1990s. As the first rapid application development tool for the Pocket PC, eMbedded Visual Basic increases developer productivity and allows for the creation of a wide range of database applications to empower an increasingly mobile workforce.
This is the first book on the market to focus on Pocket PC development using Microsoft's free eMbedded Visual Basic 3.0. Pocket PC Database Development with eMbedded Visual Basic is designed to get software developers up to speed building Pocket Access database applications using eMbedded Visual Basic on the Pocket PC. Author Rob Tiffany has put his own Visual Basic background to work in developing advanced Pocket PC applications for large energy companies. It's from this perspective that he guides professional Visual Basic and Access programmers into the world of Pocket PC software development.
This book ramps up your skills in fast-paced but pragmatic fashion. After describing the subset of the SQL language that Pocket PC developers need to know, the author guides you through Microsoft's ADOCE and ActiveSync technologies with no-nonsense examples. Tiffany effectively shares his been there, done that experience to help programmers avoid the shoals can sink efforts to build Pocket PC applications that communicate with either local Pocket Access databases or remote SQL Server databases.
THERE HASN'T BEEN A better time to begin developing applications for handhelds. In the last four years, we have seen a tremendous leap in the functional capabili ties offered by handheld computing platforms, which has culminated in the rich interfaces we see in the current crop of Windows CE-embedded systems. The Pocket PC platform is particularly compelling because it is truly portable, and it has a great color interface and solid application integration with its desktop counterparts. In addition, most of these devices have sufficient processing power to incorporate advanced handheld appliance technologies-GPS, cellular communi cations, and so on. These advantages coupled with the new eMbedded Visual Tools suite from Microsoft make the Pocket PC a solid choice for mobile systems development in the next few years. Whether these Windows CE devices are used to extend the reach of enterprise applications or as stand-alone information-gathering devices, eMbedded Visual Basic will be the logical choice for the legions of Visual Basic developers seeking to add mobile development expertise to their skill sets. At the heart of eMbedded Visual Basic's appeal is its support for ActiveX Data Objects for Windows CE (ADOCE). The combination of eMbedded Visual Basic and ADOCE significantly reduces the learning curve by enabling developers to manipulate databases objects in a manner similar to the desktop version of ADO."
Discussing database development for the Pocket PC, this guide discusses the use of Pocket Access and eMbedded Visual Basic, explores the wide range of database applications available for professional Visual Basic and Access programmers, and provides tips on using ADOCE and ActiveSync to communicate