A little over ten years ago, back in
She duly came back with one, and then I got addicted to trying to program the thing. The tools were expensive and hard to find, the documentation was even more hard to find, but I nagged and pestered various people, and eventually a kind lady from Philips helped me, and a guy call Kurt at Microsoft helped too, and I was able to get started. Most of all, I had a book called “Programming Microsoft Windows CE” by Douglas Boling.
That was perhaps the most read book I’ve ever owned, and although these days it’s in a third edition and called “Programming Microsoft Windows CE .NET”, it is still the definitive guide for all Pocket PC and Smartphone developers.
It was a highlight of my first ever Windows CE Developers Conference, in Denver in 1998 to hear Doug speak, and it’s not an exaggeration to say that because of Doug I learnt how to program for Windows CE, and eventually set up a small software company selling applications.
I was therefore very chuffed then when Doug stopped by my office this morning, and presented me with a signed copy of the book. It’s not often your heroes stop by to say hello.