Microsoft .Net Compact Framework

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The Microsoft® Windows® .NET Compact Framework brings the power of the .NET Framework to handheld devices such as Pocket PCs and smart phones. Learn exactly how to build killer applications—and how to solve typical problems—in developing for resource-constrained devices with this book. You’ll find specifics on how to develop GUI elements with Windows Forms, access and store data with Microsoft ADO.NET and integrate it across the enterprise with XML Web services, work with Microsoft SQL Server™ CE, develop ...

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Overview

The Microsoft® Windows® .NET Compact Framework brings the power of the .NET Framework to handheld devices such as Pocket PCs and smart phones. Learn exactly how to build killer applications—and how to solve typical problems—in developing for resource-constrained devices with this book. You’ll find specifics on how to develop GUI elements with Windows Forms, access and store data with Microsoft ADO.NET and integrate it across the enterprise with XML Web services, work with Microsoft SQL Server™ CE, develop applications that connect and disconnect across wireless networks, and more—all with working code samples. You even get a quick reference to the differences between the .NET Compact Framework and the full .NET Framework.

Topics covered include:

  • Introducing the Windows .NET Compact Framework and architecture
  • Developing applications with the Compact Framework
  • GUI development with Windows Forms and building Windows Forms applications
    *Testing, debugging, completing, and distributing your applications
  • Collection classes
  • Working with dates and strings
  • Working with XML
  • Input and output
  • Networking
  • Application security features
  • Accessing data
  • Working with ADO.NET data objects
  • Working with XML Web services
  • Integrating data with SQL Server and using SQL Server CE
  • Building custom controls
  • Globalization and localization
  • Multithreading
  • Graphics programming
  • Interoperating with native code
  • Migrating embedded Visual Tools applications
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735617254
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press
  • Publication date: 12/4/2002
  • Edition description: Core Reference
  • Pages: 896
  • Product dimensions: 7.56 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 1.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Andy is a Principal Technologiest at U.K. technical authoring and consultancy company Content Master, focusing on mobile technologies. He has contributed to MSDN and other publications and regularly appears at conferences, presenting on applications of mobile technology. He has been involved in software engineering for nearly 20 years, working on projects as diverse as high-performance messaging, electronic document exchange, computer-integrated manufacturing, and laboratory robotics. He is the co-author of Building .NET Applications for Mobile Devices (Microsoft Press), which focused on building mobile Web applications with ASP.NET and the Microsoft Mobile Internet Toolkit. He lives in North Wales with his wife, Caroline, and their two children, a location that allows him to pursue his passion for rock climbing.

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Table of Contents

Dedication;
Acknowledgments;
Introduction;
System Requirements;
Sample Code;
Support;
Part I: .NET Compact Framework Architecture;
Chapter 1: Introducing the .NET Compact Framework;
1.1 A Brief History of Smart Mobile Computing Devices;
1.2 Microsoft .NET;
1.3 .NET Compact Framework Target Platforms;
1.4 Developer Tools;
1.5 Unique Challenges Facing Mobile Developers;
1.6 Summary;
Chapter 2: .NET Framework Fundamentals;
2.1 .NET Compact Framework Execution Environment;
2.2 Working with Class Objects;
2.3 .NET Compact Framework Class Libraries;
2.4 Summary;
Part II: Developing Applications with the .NET Compact Framework;
Chapter 3: GUI Development with Windows Forms;
3.1 Introducing the System.Windows.Forms Namespace;
3.2 Creating Windows Forms;
3.3 Comparing Forms Behavior in the .NET Framework and the .NET Compact Framework;
3.4 Exploring Windows Forms Controls;
3.5 Summary;
Chapter 4: Building Windows Forms Applications;
4.1 Working with Forms;
4.2 Working with the InputPanel Control;
4.3 Using the MainMenu Control;
4.4 Using the ToolBar Control;
4.5 Programming Form Activation and Deactivation on Pocket PC;
4.6 Handling the Tap-and-Hold Event;
4.7 Handling Pocket PC Hardware Keys;
4.8 Giving an Application Its Final Touches;
4.9 General Design Guidelines;
4.10 Summary;
Chapter 5: Testing and Debugging;
5.1 Detecting and Correcting Programming Errors;
5.2 Using the Debugger;
5.3 Drawing on Debugger Features;
5.4 Unsupported Debugger Features;
5.5 Tracing Output from an Application;
5.6 Using Assertions Within an Application;
5.7 Handling Exceptions in the Debugger;
5.8 Controlling Release Code Size;
5.9 Generating Longer Error Messages in Exceptions;
5.10 Adopting Strategies for Testing and Debugging;
5.11 Configuring the Emulator from Visual Studio;
5.12 Starting the Emulator Manually;
5.13 Using Emulator Skins;
5.14 Summary;
Chapter 6: Completing and Distributing Your Application;
6.1 Choosing Project Settings;
6.2 Packaging Your Application;
6.3 Distributing Your Application;
6.4 Using Trickle-Feed Deployment;
6.5 Installing Assemblies into the Global Assembly Cache;
6.6 Summary;
Part III: Common Programming Tasks;
Chapter 7: Working with Collection Classes;
7.1 Introducing the .NET Framework Collection Classes;
7.2 Using Simple Arrays;
7.3 Using the .NET Compact Framework Collections;
7.4 Sorting Objects in Collections;
7.5 Creating Your Own Collections;
7.6 Summary;
Chapter 8: Working with Dates and Strings;
8.1 Understanding the String Class;
8.2 Using the StringBuilder Class;
8.3 Using Dates;
8.4 Using Regular Expressions;
8.5 Formatting Strings for Output;
8.6 Parsing;
8.7 Summary;
Chapter 9: Working with XML;
9.1 Using XML in the .NET Compact Framework;
9.2 Differences from the Full .NET Framework;
9.3 Reading XML with the XmlReader Class;
9.4 Writing XML with the XmlWriter Class;
9.5 Processing XML with the XmlDocument Class;
9.6 Summary;
Chapter 10: Input and Output;
10.1 Understanding the Stream Class;
10.2 Using the StreamReader and StreamWriter Classes;
10.3 Processing Strings with StringReader and StringWriter;
10.4 Using the File, Path, and Directory Classes;
10.5 Summary;
Chapter 11: Networking;
11.1 Using the System.Net Namespace;
11.2 Using the WebRequest and WebResponse Classes;
11.3 Determining Whether the Device Is Connected;
11.4 Working with Sockets;
11.5 Serial Communications;
11.6 Summary;
Chapter 12: .NET Compact Framework Application Security;
12.1 Considering the Basics of Handheld Device Security;
12.2 Securing Wireless Data Transmission;
12.3 Authenticating and Authorizing Mobile Clients;
12.4 Securing XML Web Services;
12.5 Securing SQL Server CE Connectivity;
12.6 Securing Data on the Device;
12.7 Programming .NET Compact Framework Security;
12.8 Summary;
Part IV: Connecting with Data;
Chapter 13: Accessing Data;
13.1 Caching, Replicating, and Resolving Conflicts;
13.2 Avoiding Replication;
13.3 Synchronizing Data in Mostly Disconnected Solutions;
13.4 Synchronizing Data in Mostly Connected Solutions;
13.5 Employing Other Network Solutions;
13.6 Summary;
Chapter 14: ADO.NET Data Objects;
14.1 Recognizing the Advantages of ADO.NET;
14.2 Introducing the ADO.NET Objects;
14.3 Building a DataSet Object from Scratch;
14.4 Using Multitable DataSet Objects;
14.5 Saving a DataSet Object Locally;
14.6 Working with Updates, Data Views, and Data Binding;
14.7 Summary;
Chapter 15: Integrating Data with SQL Server;
15.1 Examining Data Access Architecture;
15.2 Retrieving Data;
15.3 Binding Data;
15.4 Updating Data;
15.5 Using SQL Server Stored Procedures;
15.6 SQLXML;
15.7 Summary;
Chapter 16: Working with XML Web Services;
16.1 XML Web Services Architecture;
16.2 XML Web Services Infrastructure;
16.3 Outline of an XML Web Service at Work;
16.4 Compact Framework Limitations;
16.5 A Simple XML Web Service;
16.6 A Client for the Simple XML Web Service;
16.7 A Web Service That Returns a Dataset;
16.8 Procedure for Returning a Dataset for Update;
16.9 Design Considerations for XML Web Services;
16.10 Summary;
Chapter 17: Using SQL Server CE;
17.1 Using SQL Server on a Smart Device;
17.2 Programming a SQL Server CE Application;
17.3 Programming Remote Data Access;
17.4 Using Merge Replication;
17.5 Choosing Between RDA and Merge Replication;
17.6 Summary;
Part V: Advanced Mobile Application Development;
Chapter 18: Custom Controls;
18.1 Inheriting from a Toolbox Control;
18.2 Inheriting from the Control Class;
18.3 Adding Custom Events: SlideShow;
18.4 Placing a Custom Control in Its Own Assembly;
18.5 Creating a Component;
18.6 Creating a Design-Time Custom Control;
18.7 Summary;
Chapter 19: Globalization and Localization;
19.1 Cultures and the CultureInfo Class;
19.2 Data for Specific Cultures;
19.3 Character Encoding;
19.4 Localized Resource Files;
19.5 Summary;
Chapter 20: Multithreading;
20.1 Understanding Multithreading;
20.2 Scheduling;
20.3 Creating a Multithreaded Application;
20.4 Synchronizing Threads and Thread Safety;
20.5 Using Multithreading with Controls;
20.6 Comparing the Two Frameworks;
20.7 Summary;
Chapter 21: Graphics Programming;
21.1 Classes for Graphics Programming;
21.2 Classes Used to Draw Shapes, Bitmaps, and Text;
21.3 Graphics Class Drawing Methods;
21.4 The OnPaint Method;
21.5 Summary;
Chapter 22: Interoperating with Native Code;
22.1 Understanding Managed and Unmanaged Code;
22.2 Writing Custom Unmanaged DLLs;
22.3 Using P/Invoke;
22.4 Calling the Windows CE API;
22.5 Calling COM Objects;
22.6 Using Wrapper Functions for COM Objects;
22.7 Summary;
Chapter 23: Migrating eMbedded Visual Tools Applications and Cross-Framework Development;
23.1 Migrating eMbedded Visual Tools Applications;
23.2 Writing Cross-Framework Applications;
23.3 Summary;
Appendix A: .NET Compact Framework Base Class Libraries;
Microsoft.VisualBasic Namespace;
Microsoft.WindowsCE.Forms Namespace;
System Namespace;
System.CodeDom Namespace;
System.Collections Namespace;
System.Collections.Specialized Namespace;
System.ComponentModel Namespace;
System.ComponentModel.Design Namespace;
System.Configuration.* Namespaces;
System.Data Namespace;
System.Data.Common Namespace;
System.Data.Odbc Namespace;
System.Data.OleDb Namespace;
System.Data.SqlClient Namespace;
System.Data.SqlServerCe Namespace;
System.Data.SqlTypes Namespace;
System.Diagnostics Namespace;
System.DirectoryServices Namespace;
System.Drawing Namespace;
System.Drawing.Design Namespace;
System.Drawing.Drawing2D Namespace;
System.Drawing.Imaging Namespace;
System.Drawing.Printing Namespace;
System.Drawing.Text Namespace;
System.EnterpriseServices Namespaces;
System.Globalization Namespace;
System.IO Namespace;
System.Management Namespaces;
System.Messaging Namespace;
System.Net Namespace;
System.Net.Sockets Namespace;
System.Reflection Namespace;
System.Resources Namespace;
System.Runtime.CompilerServices Namespace;
System.Runtime.InteropServices Namespace;
System.Runtime.Remoting Namespaces;
System.Runtime.Serialization Namespaces;
System.Security Namespace;
System.Security.Cryptography.X509Certificates Namespace;
System.Security.Permissions Namespace;
System.Security.Policy Namespace;
System.ServiceProcess Namespace;
System.Text Namespace;
System.Text.RegularExpressions Namespace;
System.Threading Namespace;
System.Timers Namespace;
System.Web Namespaces;
System.Web.Services Namespace;
System.Web.Services.Description Namespace;
System.Web.Services.Protocols Namespace;
System.Windows.Forms Namespace;
System.Windows.Forms.Design Namespace;
System.Xml Namespace;
System.Xml.Schema Namespace;
System.Xml.Serialization Namespace;
System.Xml.XPath Namespace;
System.Xml.Xsl Namespace;
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