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I'm looking to begin programming for my Dell Axim X30 PocketPC, but haven't a clue where to start. Does anyone have any good tutorials bookmarked or any books they'd reccomend I read? Thanks in advance, MMcNeil

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Start with MSDN documentation. For your development tools, use one of the Visual Studio Professional versions, preferably VS2005.

The Microsoft PocketPC developers guide is a good starting point.
There are Microsoft provided samples that are updated periodically, although these are more often targeting Windows Mobile 5.0 rather than PocketPC 2003 devices. The SDK samples are also interesting reading to begin with.

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I've just started messing around with programming my Axim x51v. It's pretty awesome what they are capable of. I don't have to lug around my laptop on the road anymore, my ppc can handle my work stuff (excel, word, database/accounting, email) and I can watch movies on it without having to convert them (unlike an Ipod or PSP).

Head over to the Microsoft site and grab embedded Visual C++ 4.0 and the Pocket PC 2003 SDK. You could grab the WM5 as well but the 2003 will be all you need until you really start to know the ins and outs afaik. Might want to pick up the GAPI 1.2 sdk while you're at it. All of this is free with no restrictions.

Hands down best book I've found for an easy introduction is Pocket PC Game Programming by Jonathan Harbour (see link). It not only covers games and graphics but he also gets into TCP/IP, infrared and sockets on the Pocket PC. Couple that with the C++ classes going on in the forums and you're good to go.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0761530576/103-4542675-3480654?v=glance&n=283155

Sites with some good info are
http://www.codeproject.com/ce/
http://stromcode.com/modules.php?name=Glowdot_Tutorials&op=view&tid=2
http://www.pocketpcdn.com/

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If you have a specific interest, and some programming background, I'd recommend looking for source codes. For instance you can Google some C#, C++ etc game source codes; you can quickly learn how and what to do, without having to invent the wheel.

Have fun :)

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