Back when I started writing windows applications, there was really only one book that mattered….Programming Windows by Charles Petzold. It provided the essential clues to get started on just about any topic for budding Windows developers. Information was scarce… and *good* information was golden. This book was a “must have”. How things have changed…
Query “Windows Development” on Amazon today and you can pick from almost 10,000 results. Great books are harder and harder to find because the compete with so many mediocre titles. Everyone is an author. Blogs and online developer content proliferate the web. The problem is not finding content… it’s finding the gold. How do I filter the buzz and find the stuff that matters?
So here’s a shout for one that matters…Enterprise Data Synchronization with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server Compact 3.5 by Rob Tiffany.
Rob wrote this book from the trenches…hands on, real-world deployments. Simply put, Rob is the guy Microsoft would drop-ship into the biggest, most strategic, and difficult SQLCE replication deployments out there with a directive to “make it succeed”. This book is filled with prescriptive, real-world advice on how to do it right.
If you are doing replication with SQL Server Compact Edition (SQLCE), this will be the best $20 you will ever spend.
You can read Rob’s own summary about what went into it here.
“ I wrote this book on airplanes and in hotels as I travelled the globe helping some of the world’s greatest companies mobilize their workforces with SQL Server, Merge Replication, .NET and SQL Server Compact.”