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Essential Windows CE Application Programming [Paperback]

Robert Burdick
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March 11 1999
The indispensable guide to writing clean CE applications, including real-world tips, techniques, and workarounds. Microsoft's Windows CE operating system is quickly finding its way into a wide variety of information appliances like Handheld and Palm-size PCs, television set top boxes, smart telephones, and electronic books. Robert Burdick gives you a thorough tutorial for programming the essential features of Windows CE. Using a complete sample application, each chapter provides comprehensive coverage of the programming techniques required to take advantage of a specific Windows CE feature. As Windows CE continues to evolve into the industry standard for information appliances and mobile computing platforms, Essential Windows CE Application Programming will prove to be your most valuable programming resource. Inside you will find: * A look behind the curtain at the architecture of the Windows CE operating system. * Programming building blocks like Windows CE controls and dialog boxes. * In-depth insight into the desktop connectivity features of Windows CE. * Complete coverage of Windows CE persistent storage programming. * Custom user-interface programming. * Lessons for programming Windows CE at the API level. * Extensive samples of Windows CE application code. On the CD-ROM you'll find: * Source code for all sample programs in the book.

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Essential Windows CE Application Programming stresses efficient programming in C rather than C++ and shows how to write software for today's Windows CE platform.

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

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The indispensable guide to writing clean CE applications, including real-world tips, techniques, and workarounds. Microsoft's Windows CE operating system is quickly finding its way into a wide variety of information appliances like Handheld and Palm-size PCs, television set top boxes, smart telephones, and electronic books. Robert Burdick gives you a thorough tutorial for programming the essential features of Windows CE. Using a complete sample application, each chapter provides comprehensive coverage of the programming techniques required to take advantage of a specific Windows CE feature. As Windows CE continues to evolve into the industry standard for information appliances and mobile computing platforms, Essential Windows CE Application Programming will prove to be your most valuable programming resource. Inside you will find: *A look behind the curtain at the architecture of the Windows CE operating system. *Programming building blocks like Windows CE controls and dialog boxes. *In-depth insight into the desktop connectivity features of Windows CE. *Complete coverage of Windows CE persistent storage programming. *Custom user-interface programming. *Lessons for programming Windows CE at the API level. *Extensive samples of Windows CE application code. On the CD-ROM you'll find: *Source code for all sample programs in the book.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A great Windows CE book for budding CE developers! March 25 1999
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Robert Burdick, a windowsce-dev mailing list regular and veteran Windows CE programmer has put together a great book on developing applications for Windows CE devices. While much of the book complements horizontal platforms such as the H/PC, P/PC and H/PCpro, a lot of it will make sense for those programmers working on custom devices.
Burdick's book is for people with some Windows development skills who want to get involved with Windows CE app development. It is a rather complete excursion into CE app-land.
The book is very well written with clear, concise examples, easy-to-understand passages and a simple layout that works. It probably won't be of much help to the elitist looking for some elusive tidbit of CE secrets, but for just about everyone else it will probably fit best no further than arm's length.
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Overall a decent introduction to programming for Windows CE using Visual C++ and the Win32 API (no MFC or Visual Basic here, folks). Does a good job covering basic applications, common controls and CE databases, and is the _only_ book I've found that discusses ActiveSync programming. Most chapters contain sample code to illustrate the subject matter, and an accompanying CD-ROM contains the full sample apps. This book does not have the depth of Douglas Boling's "Programming Windows CE" -- some of it seems to be taken nearly verbatim from Microsoft's documentation -- but it does cover some subjects that Boling does not (e.g., owner-drawn and custom controls, ActiveSync, HTML viewer and Voice control).
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's more than a Programmer's Guide Dec 8 1999
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Robert Burdick's "Microsoft Windows CE Programmer's Guide is more than a guide. It is an indispensable reference. The introduction had the overview I needed to understand Windows CE and how I can use it. This is a book that assumes you understand programming, but is easy to understand and use. The chapters are in logical order, but can also be used for ready reference. The enclosed CD has the emulation software, Microsoft's online help and programmer's reference as well as the device driver kit and other useful documentation. I'd recommend it to anyone who is (or wants to be) a CE coder.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Too many bad raps for this book! Oct. 21 2002
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I had all but given up on CE after struggling with the miserable VB CE kit on and off for several years, till I opened up Burdick's book and tried several of his programs. I was astounded! They all worked flawlessly and I was off to a start with CE and C development. I'm by no means an expert at C but had no problems in following the code examples and getting some serious applications to work. I've looked at some other CE programming books but I really wouldn't be without this one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as other reviews Nov. 24 1999
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Most of the book is a rewording of the Douglas Boling book on the same subject. If you have that book (which is much better) this book will be mostly a rehashing of the same material. This book attempts to give information that the Boling book doesn't cover on Custom Draw (Tree Controls, etc), the HTML viewer control and Active Sync and a few other minor topics. Unfortunately, the MSDN articles on these topics are actually better then the authors coverage of them.
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