am 14. Oktober 2011
In principle the book contains all the information needed to get you started with Windows Embedded Compact 7 development, so it's for sure a good starting point for developers - sofar more than 3 stars would be ok.
However, and that's the main reason for only a 3-star rating, the audience of such a book are clearly software engineers and the style of writing doesn't reflect that.
There are tons of screenshots of dialogboxes that every junior software engineer will be able to use intutitively, so there is no need for things like "first click here, then press ok, then enter this and that" in a way that teaches a complete dummy to use e.g. the mouse in applications like word.
The same is true for an awful lot of explanations that just explain the obvious and consume a lot of space - not to forget that such explanations are repeated over and over again (do you really have to tell a software engineer that "You can do Windows Embedded Compact 7 application development in C, C++, C# and Visual Basic from the Visual Studio 2008 IDE" over and over again throughout the book?)
Don't misunderstand me: I think it's definitely a good idea to be comprehensive and therefore have some redundancy in the descriptions, as long as it helps to transport knowledge better, but every developer who reads this book, for sure knows how to develop applications.
So from my point of view the book could be cut down from 700+ to some 300 pages, still have the same content and enough room for redundancy and a nice-to-read novel-like style, but be less annoying for engineers that don't like explanations of the obvious.