.NET Compact Framework 3.5 Data Driven Applications

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  • Build data-driven mobile applications using .NET CF 3.5 on top of the SQL Server Compact and Oracle Lite databases
  • Explore many advanced features of the platform such as GDI+, marshalling, and so on with the help of real-world case studies
  • Exploit the Smart Device Framework 2.3 (SDF) library to interface with various functions of the mobile device
  • Access device features such as telephony, SMS, email, Address book, Bluetooth, and Infrared technologies using .NET CF
  • Perform data synchronization on SQL Server Lite and Oracle Lite databases
  • Optimize application/database performance and resource utilization for your data-driven applications on .NET CF 3.5 through advanced memory management techniques
  • Take full advantage of the Power Toys for .NET Compact Framework 3.5 to streamline the development and testing processes of your mobile applications
  • Build and integrate powerful search functionality into your enterprise mobile applications
  • Get to know various design patterns that you can use in various real-world business application scenarios

The new .NET CF 3.5 framework provides enterprise application developers with a whole arsenal of possibilities at their disposal, but without proper guidance on developing performance-critical enterprise applications, it is easy to make the wrong design and technology decisions.

This book guides you to build each part of a robust enterprise application by illustrating the .NET CF 3.5 framework with the help of real-world business applications. It will not only help you to master basic .NET CF skills, but also outlines the best methods, techniques, and tools available to create high-impact and performance-critical data-driven enterprise mobile applications. It provides a solid set of guidelines to aid .NET CF developers to understand how best to apply the features of the .NET CF 3.5 framework.

The bulk of the book illustrates the basic concepts of .NET Compact 3.5 Framework programming by walking the reader through 3 different kinds of mobile applications:

  • A thick-client mobile sales-force application
  • A thin-client mobile dashboard and reporting application
  • A customer support case management application

Both the SQL Server Lite and Oracle Lite mobile databases are covered in detail, from data access to data synchronization. The book explains how device features such as Bluetooth, SMS, telephony, Infrared, and Windows Contacts can be accessed via .NET CF in a real-world example, namely the mobile sales-force application. It also explains.NET CF's GDI+ features that can be used to create rich charts and reports. You learn to synchronize the mobile application with remote datasources and communicate via web services and WCF services. The book outlines performance optimization and memory management techniques on the mobile platform. It also outlines the tools and techniques available for testing, performance-tuning, deploying and debugging .NET CF enterprise applications (including Power Toys for .NET Compact Framework 3.5 from Microsoft).

  • Develop data-driven mobile applications from the ground up on top of the Oracle Lite and SQL Server Lite databases
  • Build ergonomic User Interfaces targeting the mobile platform that you can easily adapt for your business applications
  • Optimize performance and security on the mobile platform as well as drawing useful charts and reports using .NET CF's graphics libraries for your data-driven applications
  • Utilize the various tools provided by Microsoft to maintain and fine-tune your enterprise applications with the help of realistic case studies
  • Build three real-world business applications from the ground up with the help of easy-to-understand code snippets to provide practical and hands-on experience
Page Count 484
Course Length 14 hours 31 minutes
ISBN 9781849690102
Date Of Publication 29 Apr 2010


Edmund Tan

Edmund Tan is the CTO and co-founder of a leading e-forms and workflows solution vendor based in Singapore. He holds more than 8 years of experience building performance-critical .NET e-forms and workflows solutions for smart devices on top of Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server databases for large companies and governmental institutions located in Singapore.

Edmund is also a regular public speaker in various conferences held in Singapore and Malaysia on the topic of on-the-go BPM (Business Process Management) hosted on smart device technologies.