Blogger: Richard Monson-Haefel
Since January 2007 I've been spending most of my time researching and writing about application development on smart phones. I've had the opportunity to research and write about Ajax development on mobile devices, Java ME, Adobe Flash Lite and most recently Microsoft .NET Compact Framework. If you are a client you will have already received a notification, earlier this year, about an overview I wrote called "Rich Mobile Application Platforms for the Enterprise ". That document is just the tip of the iceberg.
Next year we will be publishing all of my findings including an in-depth market landscape and four product reviews on mobile application development for the enterprise - I also plan to update the overview I wrote earlier. In total there will be six more documents that will be published in Q1/Q2 of 2008 on mobile application development frameworks and toolkits. This will provide Burton Group's Application Platform Strategies service with a strong start on mobile application development for the enterprise.
During my research I've read an enormous amount of documentation and spoke to dozens of vendors, developers, and end-users. It's been a hoot and I learned a lot. I wanted to call attention to a specific resource that I believe stands above the rest, a book on mobile application development called, “Microsoft Mobile Development Handbook” (Microsoft Press 2007) by Andy Wigley, Daniel Moth, and Peter Foot.
In a nutshell the book is one of the best programming books I’ve read in a long time. In fact, I give it my highest recommendation. .NET Compact Framework is a nice piece of work and this book will help you appreciate all of its capabilities and how all the parts fit together. At about $70.00 a pop it’s not cheap and it can be difficult to find – it was sold out in every bookstore in
Minneapolis save one – but its well worth the price and effort. (You can get it at Amazon.com for about $45.00 at this time.)
If you are thinking of developing mobile applications and are considering .NET Compact Framework, I recommend you buy a copy of this book.