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Connecting PocketPC/WinCE to an ODBC datasource on desktop computer

How can I connect from a PocketPC to a ODBC datasource on the desktop computer?
The connection is to query for datasets, insert updates and run stored procedures.
Someone has suggested to use Webservices, but from what I understand, you then need IIS, correct?
Is there any way of connecting without having to install IIS? (This as many don't have this installed on their computers)
I need some code samples and directions on what to do.
We are developing using VS.NET.

Background: In our current project we are using SQL Server CE and MSDE 2000 and RDA/Replication to access the data.
This is however very difficult to automatically setup and configure, so we want to be able to connect to any database on the desktop computer and use our own synchronization methods. And we do not want to be "married" to MSDE or SQLCE........

Thank you for your assisstance!
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epihandy
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Mikal613Commented:
Well the IIS would only have to be there for the computer sending the information of the database
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Mikal613Commented:
The web service is great (ive used it) you just write a program on the Computer (.net code) that will query and modify any database. The pocket pc will have the functions from that .net Project will be available to your pocket pc.
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epihandyAuthor Commented:
Thanx for the info!
Do you have any samples or so on how this is done?
I am totally new to webservices.
Is it also possible to access a webservice from a Java program running on the pocketpc?
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Mikal613Commented:
vb.net
http://abstractvb.com/code.asp?A=1004

Java
http://java.sun.com/webservices/docs/1.1/tutorial/doc/

The pocket pc would have to support java which i dont think it does
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