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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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1.0 out of 5 stars completely useless Dec 2 2003
By A Customer
This book gives very, very little insite to anyone actually interested in using eMbedded Visual C++ to write in the Windows CE environment. The author gives one paragraph explainations of subjects and then goes into 10 page programs using tons of functionality that he refuses to explain.
Great for cut and paste. Horrible for anything else.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty cool book in Windows CE programming Nov. 2 2003
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. There isn't an abundance of different examples available for developers but this book helps bridge the gap. If you are doing CE development, I think you'll appreciate this book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars NO CD KEY FOUND WITH PRODUCT Sept. 11 2003
By Upset
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.
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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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Finally... June 7 2002
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 already coming up as a book to keep next to my computer (and PDA).
Only gave it 4 stars because all the samples were written in straight C++. Still looking for something with MFC.
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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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Doug has put together the best CE book I have seen so far. This book explains many tricky points in programming for CE. From how to hook into ActiveSync, to how to correctly capture those pesky mousepoints, to programming those buttons on the bottom of the unit. Whether you are using Pocket PC, Palm-Sized or Handheld you will find this book an invaluable resource. I do!!
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