After a quick introduction to Windows CE and handheld devices, author Robert Burdick provides a working template for a basic application. He then explains dialog boxes, basic controls, and common controls, such as the calendar and date-time-picker controls. The menu system in Windows CE is quite specialized, and Burdick demonstrates how to use its command bars effectively, providing tool tips along the way.
Other sections cover storage in Windows CE, starting with its file system; the Windows CE database APIs, including an example that stores phone numbers; and the Win32 registry. The best material in this book, however, is the coverage of owner-draw and custom controls in Windows CE. (This expertise, once standard fare for most Windows developers, has been largely superseded by ActiveX controls.) The author shows how to customize buttons for an ATM kiosk application. He also covers the Windows CE Custom Draw Service and how to create standalone custom controls. Further sections look at using the built-in HTML viewer control, inputting text with the rich ink control, and even recording sound.
The last sections of the book turn to data synchronization APIs, used to send files between handheld devices and desktops, plus memory and power-management issues. --Richard Dragan
I recently had a chance to review this book. It's very normal. I've been doing WinCE for 4 yrs, can't find anything up-to-date in this book. Read morePublished on Oct. 18 2001 by Shen-wei Li
This is the clearest, best Windows CE programming book to date. The desktop connectivity examples alone are worth the price of the book.Published on Nov. 4 1999
I found this book to be the best resource for developing Windows CE applications. It has the best coverage of desktop connectivity issues, and is the only book to cover ActiveSync... Read morePublished on Aug. 30 1999
This is a good book. It's got everything I need to know about Windows CE in one place. Highly recommended.Published on April 22 1999