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Building Solutions with the Microsoft .NET Compact Framework: Architecture and Best Practices for Mobile Development by Jon Box, Dan Fox

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What ActiveSync Is

Any discussion of primitive synchronization and how it can be used when building solutions with the Compact Framework must begin with an understanding of ActiveSync.

As Microsoft made its foray into mobile devices, the company knew that Windows CE absolutely required the ability to exchange data with the PC. By connecting a cradle to a serial port and running special data-exchange software on both the PC and the device, Windows CE could intelligently retrieve data from the desktop to use in different applications on the device, thus giving the user a better experience with Microsoft's PDA. This software became known as ActiveSync.

ActiveSync is a lot of things today. If one is new to the PDA environment, it may appear that ...

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