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Programming Microsoft Windows CE [Paperback]

Douglas Boling
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July 13 2001 0735614431 978-0735614437 2nd ed.
""Programming Windows CE"" guides Windows programmers through the unique problems and the new opportunities provided by Windows CE. The book covers all the new Win32 APIs supported by Windows CE as well as workarounds for Win32 APIs not supported. The book also covers programming techniques necessary when programming for memory-constrained environments. While MFC for Windows CE is discussed, the primary focus of the book is programming directly to the Windows CE API since that is what most programmers need to do to meet the size and speed requirements necessary for well-designed Windows CE programs. The Windows CE Software Development Kit and sample code are included on the CD.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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With the growing popularity of the Windows CE platform, writing small, efficient applications is once again crucial. Doug Boling's Programming Microsoft Windows CE shows experienced Windows C programmers how to write lean-and-mean software for today's hand-held PCs.

After a quick introduction, this text moves to a basic Windows CE program written in C. Throughout the book, the author provides detailed technical knowledge of both the Window CE platform and C API. He covers basic graphics programming, including bitmaps, fonts, and basic Graphical Device Interface (GDI) functions, and then moves the tour of Windows CE to input, whether through a keyboard, stylus, or mouse. Sections on control and dialog-box programming show what's different about the more restricted Windows CE platform compared to ordinary Win32 programming.

The second half of the book presents some excellent information on issues specific to the Windows CE platform, including memory management, its new file system, and new database APIs. A thorough tour of Windows CE communications (whether over the Internet via sockets or infrared ports) will benefit every potential developer. So will the material on the Registry, installing Windows CE applications from desktops, and coordinating work between multiple threads and processes.

The book finishes with some strategies for cooperating with the Windows CE shell so that your programs are better integrated. --Richard Dragan --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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2.0 out of 5 stars almost completely useless Dec 9 2002
By A Customer
Not entirely useless, but by no means good.
There is an enormous amount of filler in this title. Most chapters contains 20+ pages of source code listing. That would be fine if the programs were illustrating a point or at least well-documented, but they seem to exist for the sole purpose of taking up space. In many cases the examples provided actually confuse the point rather than illustrating it.
Worse, the example programs are a blend of ALL the techniques discussed in a chapter--sorting out the information relevant to the particular technique/concept you are interested in is next to impossible. (e.g. the Property Sheet example in chapter 4).
In some rare cases it's possible to learn things by consulting this book, but when that happens it's almost always a case of "Oh, I didn't know that existed--now where do I go to find out how it works?"
I've found no instances of clear explanation or illustration of concepts in the text. It's just an undifferentiated 500 page block of blah-blah, yadda-yadda.
I've almost entirely abandoned it in favor of the (free) online documentation included with embedded C++.
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If you want to know anything about how to write a Windows CE application using Microsoft's Visual C/C++ you should acquire this book. The book is a whopping 854 pages of valuable programming information. It's not just ramblings about nothing like so many programming books are.
All of the usual Windows API programming topics covered along with the new Windows CE related ones such as memory management, Object Store for files, databases, and registry (most Windows CE devices have no rotating memory), processes and threads, Windows CE networking, desktop / Windows CE communications, shell programming, system programming, and COM basics (barely).
The book will save you countless hours when writing Windows CE applications. I can tell that the author, Doug Boling, worked long and hard to put a complete Windows CE application development reference together.
The book provides a CD-ROM containing all the source code from the book along with the Developer Studio project files. According to the author, the examples are Windows CE 2.0 compatible. Also included on the CD-ROM are the platform SDK's for the Handheld/PC and the Palm/PC Windows CE devices.
Programming Microsoft Windows CE does not cover Windows CE operating system configuration builds using Microsoft's Windows CE Embedded Toolkit for Visual C++ 5.0 (Embedded Toolkit) along with the Embedded Development Kit (EDK). This is another topic for another book yet to be published.
How to perform Windows CE operating system configuration builds is a subject yet to be decently covered in a text book. The book Inside Microsoft Windows CE by John Murray briefly touches on this topic.
As a new Windows CE developer, you should not attempt to write applications without this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very approachable writing style Aug. 20 2001
I have not seen the first edition of this book, which the author notes in this second edition, does not cover Pocket PC or other Windows CE 3.0 platforms.
The second edition of this book is written in a highly approachable manner that doesn't make sweeping assumption of the readers programming experience level. This style may turn off those who are a bit more experienced, but if you can handle the "hand holding", you will get some great information on programming for the Windows CE platform, including Pocket PC. If you have a cursory knowledge of C/C++, you'll follow this book perfectly.
Doug does a great job of not only explaining what XYZ API call is used for, but what all the parameters mean and the options available. He takes great strides to de-mystify daunting API calls that have several paramters by walking through each of them in real examples.
If you're looking to start programming for this platform, this book is definately worth checking out.
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2.0 out of 5 stars There's almost no there, there. July 30 2002
By James
I bought this book because I am about to migrate functionality from a Win32 application to the wince platform (aptly named?). I was expecting a wealth of information and examples on the peculiarities of the CE platform so that I wouldn't have to learn things the hard way. While the book does provide a little bit of the CE material I was looking for, most of what it provides is basic pre-MFC (stone age) windows programming which is virtually useless to an experienced windows programmer. If the reader is a complete neophyte to windows programming, the book might be helpful, if the poor soul was constrained to platforms which are too impotent to support MFC programs.
While the book is not a total loss, for me was mostly a waste of money. Try "The Windows CE Technology Tutorial" by Muench instead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding book for CE Programmers Dec 15 1998
By A Customer
Having had a shot programming with Microsoft's disastrous VB for CE toolkit, I finally bit the bullet and got the C++ kit and this book. And really C++ isn't that bad after all. To my surprise with a basic C tutorial, I could follow everything quite easily. However, you really can't program for CE without this book. There is a vast amount of information in it. I'm still working through the first couple of chapters but everything is going very smoothly. All the code so far works perfectly. Everything is right up to date too - it covers H/PC 2.0, Palm PCs and even the new Pro range. Code is strictly non-MFC (just what I wanted).
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1.0 out of 5 stars completely useless
This book gives very, very little insite to anyone actually interested in using eMbedded Visual C++ to write in the Windows CE environment. Read more
Published on Dec 2 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty cool book in Windows CE programming
I bought the first edition right before the second edition came out. The second one has a lot more coverage of more contemporary topics and I liked it a lot better. Read more
Published on Nov. 2 2003 by William G. Ryan
1.0 out of 5 stars NO CD KEY FOUND WITH PRODUCT
The book might be a really good book, but I wouldn't know! I did not receive a CD KEY with the install programs. I guess I can look at the pictures.
Published on Sept. 11 2003 by Upset
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally...
I have been looking and looking for a Windows CE book that covers development with Embedded VC++. I have only been able to read through it for the past couple of days but it is... Read more
Published on June 7 2002 by Dennis White
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are writting CE Software you want this book.
Doug has put together the best CE book I have seen so far. This book explains many tricky points in programming for CE. Read more
Published on Nov. 18 2000 by Cynthia C. Kerns
2.0 out of 5 stars This book is a little bit old(-fashion)
It covers only the previous versions of WinCE. The programming style is quite similar with good old Win 3.1 programming. It covers neither ActiveSync nor MFC. Read more
Published on Oct. 7 2000 by Michael ENGELMANN
5.0 out of 5 stars This is (so far) THE book on programming WindowsCE
Of all the books I looked at for Windows CE programming, this was by far the best. If you've read Petzold's Programming Windows, you'll feel right at home. Read more
Published on May 25 1999
3.0 out of 5 stars Petzold is a better buy
Most of this book follows the model of Charles Petzold's "Programming Windows" series. Most of the emphasis on specific Windows CE topics is on areas of control and UI... Read more
Published on May 19 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Doug's work is very well done, focus is on Win32 API not MFC
Doug's book is professional, clear and easy to follow through excellent examples and plentiful sample source code. Read more
Published on May 14 1999 by Rob Wehrli
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Published on April 6 1999
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