Rob Tiffany's Windows Mobile Accelerator

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  • Blog Post: New Blog Site @ http://robtiffany.com

    Hey everyone, Just wanted to let you know that I'm continuing this blog over at robtiffany.com . I've finally decided to make better use of my personal Domain name and I'm switching to WordPress from the blog management system we use at MSDN. As a Mobility Architect at Microsoft, I will continue to...
  • 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: Microsoft and Nokia Form Global Alliance to Design, Develop and Market Mobile Productivity Solutions

    The worldwide leader in software and the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer have entered into an alliance that is set to deliver a groundbreaking, enterprise-grade solution for mobile productivity. Today, Microsoft Business Division President Stephen Elop and Nokia’s Executive Vice President for...
  • Blog Post: Rise of the Psuedo Smartphones

    What do the following feature phones have in common? LG Dare LG Voyager LG Versa LG enV Touch LG Rumour 2 LG Lotus LG Neon LG Xenon LG VU Samsung Alias 2 Samsung Gravity Samsung Behold Samsung Highlight Samsung Memoir Samsung Propel Samsung Rant Samsung...
  • 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: New Resco MobileForms Release for NETCF

    Just in case all you mobile developers didn't hear, Resco has released Volume 3 of their MobileForms Toolkit 2008. Resco MobileForms Toolkit contains: Resco CustomKeyboard for .NET – flexible control supporting custom keyboard layouts Resco SmartGrid for .NET - powerful grid control with...
  • 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: Old School Windows Mobile :: Getting Started with Java on PDAs

    Below is an article I wrote back in 2002 that described how to build Personal Java apps on the iPAQ during the age of Pocket PC 2000, Embedded VB and C++: PDAs are becoming a permanent fixture in the everyday lives of consumers and business people. There's no question that we have Palm to thank for...
  • Blog Post: Sync Framework v1 and Sync Services for ADO.NET v2 are now Generally Available!

    As of today you can download the Sync Framework SDK in 11 languages including Chinese (Hong Kong), Chinese (Simplified), English, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish for AMD64, IA64 and x86 processors from the Sync Framework Download Center . What is Sync Framework...
  • Blog Post: Tech Ed Developers 2008 is less than 2 Weeks Away!

    We're now in the home-stretch in our preparations for Tech Ed Developers in Orlando this June. Since this was my year to run MEDC, I've been working on this event since last October when MCB decided to integrate our Mobile and Embedded Developers Conference into Tech Ed. My goal has been to make this...
  • Blog Post: The iPhone comes to the Enterprise with a little help from Microsoft

    This morning, Steve Jobs announced that Apple has licensed the Exchange Active Sync protocol from Microsoft in order to bring the following functionality to the iPhone: Push Email Push Contacts Push Calendar Access to the Global Address List (GAL) Remote Wipe Password Policies ...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to the New Windows Mobile Developer Center

    A quick glance at the Windows Mobile Developer Center clues you in to the fact that we’ve done a complete overhaul of the site. For years, our “bread and butter” has been delivering you content on Smart Device Development which most often included articles on building apps with the .NET Compact Framework...
  • Blog Post: Mobile Scalability + Staggering Performance

    As you know from my recent posts, I've been hanging out at 1,200 concurrent Subscribers trying to boost performance. When I first hit the 1,200 Subscriber mark, I was able to change and replicate ~13 million rows per hour. I was happy with the scalability, but the performance was no better than what...
  • 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: Mobile 2.0

    The second annual Mobile 2.0 just wrapped up. The key takeaways are: Mobile Web (iPhone Safari Webkit sets the standard) Mobile Advertising (4 out of 10 Japanese click on mobile ads) SMS (Dominant and growing messaging technology but still underutilized by mobile apps) iPhone (Shape of...
  • 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 2: Configuring the Distributor

    Here comes another chapter! My forthcoming 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 Chapter2.pdf below to download Chapter 2 on installing and configuring the SQL Server Distributor...
  • Blog Post: Book Review: Microsoft Mobile Development Handbook

    Best Windows Mobile Development Book Ever Written! Trust me, I've read them all going back to 2001 and I've written two of them myself. This is as broad and deep as it gets when it comes to managed code development on Windows Mobile. This should come as no surprise as it was written by the Windows...
  • 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...
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