What ever happened to RDA?

Who remembers using Remote Data Access to synchronize data between SQL Server and SQL Server Compact?  I certainly do! Before I dove head first into the world of Merge Replication, I always used RDA to get my customers up and running quickly.  Mobilizing an organization’s workforce quickly and easily is what it’s all about so…

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Mobile Architecture Pocket Guide v1.1

Just wanted to let everyone know that version 1.1 of the Mobile Architecture Pocket Guide is now available on CodePlex at http://www.codeplex.com/AppArch/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ReleaseId=19798.  This is the first patterns & practices update to this guide since 2002 so it’s a welcome sight to to have it out there for all our Windows Mobile developers. I’ve spent the…

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See you in Barcelona for Tech Ed EMEA Dev

Looking forward to seeing lots of familiar faces and meeting new ones starting December 10th at Tech Ed EMEA!  While I ran the Windows Mobile track for Tech Ed North America last June in Orlando, this time around I’ll just be delivering a couple of presentations and spending most of my time helping empower delegates…

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Chapter 1 of my new Book is Ready!

Mobile Data Synchronization with Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and SQL Server Compact > Second Edition Achieving Global Scalability via Merge Replication Republishing Download and review the PDF from my Windows Live SkyDrive @ http://cid-8b9c82da88af61fc.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Sync/Ch%201.pdf The new book shows you how to scale out your Merge Replication Architecture with Republishing.  It’s chock full of new insight…

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Listen to Rob’s Windows Mobile Interview on .NET Rocks!

  I was recently interviewed by Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell who run one of the Internet’s most popular developer sites, .NET Rocks!  You can catch the interview at http://www.dotnetrocks.com/default.aspx?showNum=384 where you can either listen to it live via the website, or download it to your favorite device to listen later. I cover the current state…

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My New Book is Now Available!

“Windows Mobile Data Synchronization with SQL Server 2005 and SQL Server Compact 3.1” is now available in print!  Those of you in the continental U.S. can just buy it directly from the Hood Canal Press site at http://www.hoodcanalpress.com/catalog.htm and get free ground shipping.  It’s on Amazon in the U.S. so you can order it at http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Mobile-Synchronization-Server-Compact/dp/0979891205/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1199744085&sr=1-13 as well.  At Amazon UK…

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Yes, We Can Scale to 1,200 Concurrent Subscribers!

Yet again, I’ve doubled the number of concurrent Subscribers to 1,200 where each Subscriber is equivalant to a Windows Mobile device.  I used 6 servers running 200 Subscribers each to create client load, plus 3 load-balanced IIS servers, and a separate SQL Server Distributor and Publisher.  Each IIS server had its MAX_THREAD_PER_POOL registry setting set to 10 and had to handle 400 concurrent Subscribers.  With…

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Windows Mobile Partner Summit Day 1

The Windows Mobile Partner Summit is going great and the event looks to be twice as big as last year.  It’s always nice to reconnect with our partner community.  Steve Hegenderfer was kind enough to allow me to bring my rack of servers to his event.  This time, I have a much lighter, 24U half rack which is…

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New Mobile Merge Replication Benchmarks

I just finished up a week of teaching attendees at the Dev Connections conference how to setup and use mobile merge replication to sync data between their Windows Mobile devices and SQL Server 2005.  As usual, I brought along my favorite teaching tool, my portable data center, to take attendees on deep dives of the 4…

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Chapter 1: Getting Started with Merge Replication

The non-linear fashion by which I’ve been writing this book reminds me of the way Pulp Fiction jumps around.  Chapter 1 is ready to go so you can get started with Merge Replication for Windows Mobile devices.  In addition to obvious technology walkthroughs, I also decided to add a bunch of scenarios that illustrate how mobile data synchronization can add tangible…

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