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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Chapter 3: Configuring the Publisher

    The biggest and most comprehensive chapter of the new book is ready to preview! Chapter 3 is ready to go for some relaxing Labor Day weekend reading. It's the deepest coverage that I've seen on all the nuances of the SQL Server Publisher for mobile replication if I may say so myself. The book is called...
  • Blog Post: Chapter 4 Refresh: Web Synchronization

    I've made some updates and additions to chapter 4 for you to look at. The book is called "Windows Mobile Data Synchronization with SQL Server 2005 and SQL Server Compact 3.1" and it's being published by Hood Canal Press . Click on Chapter4.pdf below to download Chapter 4 on installing and configuring...
  • Blog Post: Chapter 4: Web Synchronization

    As I mentioned in a previous post, my latest book is underway. For those of you who visited my booth at MEDC 2007 in Las Vegas or Tech Ed 2007 in Orlando and wondered how I built my 4-tier merge replication architecture, your questions are about to be answered as I promised. The good news is I won't...
  • Blog Post: The new book is underway...

    As some of you know, I've been building and piecing together the documentation necessary to build out a scalable merge replication architecture for your Windows Mobile devices. If you've been to MEDC 2007 in Las Vegas or Tech Ed 2007 in Orlando, you may have stopped at my booth where I demonstrated a...
  • Blog Post: Book Review: Professional Microsoft Smartphone Programming

    A collegue of mine, Pei Zheng, who works in OEM Services for Mobility at Microsoft recently dropped off a new book he wrote with Baijian Yang and Lionel Ni. It's titled "Professional Microsoft Smartphone Progamming" and it's published by Wiley Publishing under the Wrox imprint. This may very well be...
  • Blog Post: Windows Mobile 6 Line of Business Integration

    In the beginning, Windows Mobile could sync a Pocket Access database with Access on the desktop over ActiveSync. Today, the Swiss Army Knife of Integration that is Windows Mobile 6 can communicate with almost anything. Windows Mobile 6 can communicate directly with any enterprise package or hosted service...
  • Blog Post: We "Brought It" at MEDC 2007 with 720 Subscribers Synchronizing Concurrently!

    At MEDC 2007, we introduced an IT Pro/Infrastructure booth called "Enterprise Mobility in Action." This booth was designed to show off the performance and scalability of Merge Replication between SQL Server 2005 SP2 and SQL Server Compact Edition 3.1. The ability to deploy applications that are occasionally...
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