Microsoft SQL Server CE edition is the database server built by Microsoft to run on mobile devices. Besides being a standalone database for mobile applications, SQL Server CE also allows you to connect to your desktop SQL Server 2000 and perform remote data access and merge replication. In this article, you will learn how to build a .NET Compact Framework mobile application using Visual Studio .NET 2003 and how it can perform remote data access using SQL Server CE 2.0.
For more information on .NET Compact Framework, see my previous article, "Developing Pocket PC Apps with SQL Server CE."
Features of SQL Server CE 2.0
Figure 1 shows the main components in SQL Server CE and its relationship to SQL Server 2000 (on the desktop).
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