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Pocket PC Development in the Enterprise By Christian Forsberg

Pocket PC Development in the Enterprise by Christian Forsberg

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Explaining how to mobilize corporate business, this text views the mobile technologies discussion from a business perspective all the way to concrete implementation. The accompanying CD contains all sample code and the necessary tools to get started.

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Pocket PC Development in the Enterprise: Mobile Solutions with Visual Basic and .NET by Christian Forsberg

The book is about developing mobile Enterprise solutions based on the Microsoft Pocket PC platform. The reader is provided with a discussion of the business impact of mobile solutions, a method that facilitates the development of Pocket PC applications, mobile system architecture design, getting started instructions, and a significant amount of sample code walkthroughs. The sample code is based on: *eMbedded Visual Basic *SQL Server 2000 Windows A (R) CE Edition *SQL Server 2000 *Odyssey Software CEfusion *Transaction Server (Component Services) *Message Queue Server *Internet Information Server (HTML, XML/XSL, ASP) *Web Services using SOAP Developers already familiar with Microsoft tools and infrastructure are given a mobile development kick-start. The book contains the story of a fictitious company, ACME Copier Inc and how their field service operation uses Pocket PC applications to improve customer satisfaction and productivity. The client- and server side components that make it all work are included with the book, which will enable the reader to reuse vital elements of the solution.The following software is available on the CD: *All the book samples in source code format *Microsoft ActiveSync 3. 1 *Microsoft embedded Visual Tools 3.0 *Microsoft SQL Server 2000 for Windows CE 1.1 *Odyssey Software CEfusion 3.5 Free Developer Enterprise Edition - $500!! *Odyssey Software ViaXML 1.1 Trial Edition *Software 309 PictureBox Control 2.7 *Odyssey Software OSIUtil 1.0 *Ezos EzWAP 2.0 Evaluation *Larry Banks' Virtual iPAQ/EM500/Jordana *Microsoft SOAP Toolkit 2.0 *Simon Fell's Pocket SOAP 0.9 *Microsoft Reader 1.5 *Read in Microsoft Reader add-in for Microsoft Word 1.0

Pocket PC Development in the Enterprise Reviews

"In their book, Andreas and Christian provide the necessary linkage between the popular program development environments and the explosive growth potential exhibited by the Pocket PC platform. The key to continued growth and productivity in the smart handheld device market is the development of the next wave of applications. "Andreas and Christian take a unique approach by focusing on the enterprise and their view of the Pocket PC as a logical extension of the enterprise and the next access device. For clarity and ease of learning, the authors develop a series of applications focused upon a fictitious company. By following the examples, the reader becomes acquainted with the business processes and is walked through the code that brings those processes to the Pocket PC. "As a result, this book becomes an important contribution to the literature supporting the move towards smart handheld devices and the growth of Pocket PC as an enabling operating environment. Enjoy!" " from the foreword by Ted Clark, Vice President, iPAQ Mobile Solutions, Compaq" "Mobile devices and wireless bandwidth have matured and converged to enable great mobile enterprise solutions. Andreas and Christian enable you to quickly take advantage of this high-growth area" "Lenn Pryor, Lead Product Manager, Mobility Group, Microsoft Corporation" "This book convinced me that EVB is a viable language for Pocket PC development. It is a must for serious Visual Basic developers targeting Pocket PC. I am impressed by the authors' excellent use of EVB for developing mobile enterprise solutions." "Chris M. Muench, Siemens' technology ambassador to Microsoft and author of "The Windows CE Technology Tutorial" (Addison-Wesley, 2001)"

About Christian Forsberg

Christian Forsberg and Andreas Sjostrom are highly regarded and sought after Senior Consultants in the domains of corporate mobile solutions. They both work at the Swedish practice of Cap Gemini Ernst & Young and are both Contributing Writers at Christian Forsberg has been designing and implementing enterprise solutions based on Microsoft technologies for more than 15 years. He started programming in 1977 and is still a proud developer, now on Pocket PC. His non-Pocket PC life is spent with his love and wife, Hanna, and their children; Ludwig, Franz, Max and Linus. Andreas Sjostrom has over 10 years of experience in system architecture design and software development. He enthusiastically began programming a Sinclair ZX81 back in 1982. He is a Pocket PC expert specializing in mobile database development and back office integration. Andreas lives in Mullsjo, Sweden, together with his lovely wife Marie, and their two children Alexander and Rebecka.

Table of Contents

Chapters Chapter 1 Extending the Enterprise Speed. Everything happens faster in a sphere where everything is going digital and connected. Customers can find the right offers faster, businesses can interact with each other faster; companies face a quicker competition and can respond to new threats faster. Mobile technologies add tremendous significance to the aspect of business speed in many ways. Companies can reach their customers with their offer regardless of where the customer is because mobile technologies are connecting and converging with the Web. For corporate use, mobile solutions make it possible to get rid of unnecessary manual steps throughout the operations. Business processes meet mobility and the system integration that occurs as a result extend existing back office systems to wherever the users are. Value. Entire ranges of administrative activities and manual processing of collected data is on the verge of distinction. Marketplace offers become available from anywhere. Chapter 2 Tools of Mobile Trade Enterprise developers can leverage most of their current Microsoft technologies skill set when going mobile. Pocket PC development relies on familiar tools and languages. This chapter shows how to use eMbedded Visual Tools in general and eMbedded Visual Basic in particular. Chapter 3 Getting Started and Beyond The chapter walks the reader through core elements of eMbedded Visual Basic, and even reveals some hidden tricks that give Pocket PC applications that extra twist. The first part covers the basic functionality built into the tools like form navigation, building a wizard, included controls, third-party controls and even base system controls. In the second we will cover some often useful tricks when building enterprise applications for Pocket PC like creating a splash screen, programming the POOM, launching applications and much more. Chapter 4 Databases in Motion The Pocket PC strikes a mobile application sweet spot. The Pocket PC inherently supports both connected and disconnected scenarios better than any other mobile device. From an Enterprise perspective, local data store capabilities need to be implemented by solid Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) technologies. Microsoft SQL Server 2000 WindowsA (R) CE Edition enters the scene in this chapter. A walkthrough of the new mobile database engine and the different connectivity options Remote Data Access and Merge Replication is included in this chapter. Chapter 5 Corporate Infrastructure Hits the Road Mobile solutions are rarely green field. The more you can reuse existing corporate infrastructure, the faster you can deliver the right solution. Leverage existing corporate infrastructure and hit the ground running. This chapter discusses in detail how to reach COM components, message queues, databases, file servers from Pocket PC using eMbedded Visual Basic and Odyssey Software CEfusion. Chapter 6 The Web Anywhere This chapter examines how Pocket PCs can be used as an online thin client. One of the major advantages over other platforms is that it supports standard HTML. It means that it can access most of the Internet, the World Wide Web (WWW). The reader is taught how to build online Web applications that support Pocket PCs, and other devices as well. The chapter explains the available options; from the simple approach of programmatically transforming content depending on client all the way to a multi-channel architecture. Chapter 7 ACME Copier Field Service Operation Meet the people at ACME Copier and discover how they have extended their processes to anywhere. The ACME Copier is a relevant example of how any company could make their workforce more productive when on the move. The sample will hopefully inspire the reader to see how one can take advantage of new technology in everyday business. The complete application is available both as a ready-made installation and as source code on the CD. Chapter 8 Inside ACME Copier This chapter is a detailed walkthrough of the behind the scenes in the system that we saw in action in the previous chapter. The point here is to show how the various techniques fall into place when compiled into a complete Enterprise application. The reader is given a tour of the sample code. Chapter 9 Distributing Applications Making applications available to users. The reader is shown how to package an application into an installation package that can be distributed both as a PC installation and for Web distribution. There is a description of how to add a nice looking icon to an eVB application, as it is impossible to add one natively. Chapter 10 .NE(x)T Steps What is there to expect in the future? This chapter contains a discussion about the progress of the mobile development in general and also what is happening with the Pocket PC and its supporting tools. Microsoft's .NET initiative and the impact for mobile solutions is discussed. The reader is introduced to Web Services (using SOAP) and shown how to use this technology right away.

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Pocket PC Development in the Enterprise: Mobile Solutions with Visual Basic and .NET by Christian Forsberg
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Pearson Education (US)
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