The .NET Framework is a vision of code being run on any device, anywhere. The .NET Compact Framework fits neatly into this vision. As a stripped down version of the .NET Framework designed for embedded devices, the same code used for .NET applications on a PC, can be recompiled for any mobile device with Visual Studio .NET (and the Smart Device Extensions), often with no changes. The .NET CF is currently supported on Pocket PC devices, all the device needs is ActiveSync to enable the relevant .NET CF assemblies to be installed.
The latest technology preview was released on January 17, and it plugs into the new final release of Visual Studio .NET and this allows you to compile your existing applications successfully for the mobile platform, while just altering your user interface for the smaller screen. This book explains everything you need to know for converting your existing applications to the .NET Compact Framework, and although the code in book is almost exclusively C#, it will teach C# and VB.NET developers to create new applications.
What does this book cover?
* The features, libraries, tools, and add-ins for use with the .NET Compact Framework
* How to create a mobile application that communicates with XML Web Services
* How to use data from an external data source, or from SQL Server CE
* How to port existing .NET code over to the Compact Framework
* How to best deploy your code to a mobile device [via]