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Professional WAP [Paperback]

Charles Arehart , Tom Myers , Shashirikan Guruprasad
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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July 2000 Programmer to programmer
The Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) provides a universal open standard for bringing Internet content and advanced services to mobile phones and other wireless devices. Designed from the start to take account of the limitations of today's devices - small screen, low power and low bandwidth - WAP is the platform for the new generation of "media phones".

Professional WAP gives a broad overview of WAP and associated technologies - what it is, why it's useful and how to take the best advantage of it. It covers the WAP architecture and protocols, what WAP tools and servers are available for developers today and how to WAP-enable your web server. Practical examples will show you how to make content and services available over WAP using WML Decks and WMLScript. More advanced topics include administration, transactions, security, and integration of telephony with internet services (WTA).

The book is principally aimed at web developers who are experienced in HTML, scripting, probably some server-side technology, and who now want to find out how to apply their skills in the WAP world. It will also appeal to project managers, application architects or other professionals who want to gain an understanding of WAP technologies and how businesses could benefit from them.

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Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) and its related technologies are emerging as the standard way of creating network-wise software for wireless computing devices, such as mobile telephones. Wrox Press's crack team of programmer-writers have put together a winner in Professional WAP. To a greater extent than any other WAP book on the market, this volume shows its readers how to do real work by using WAP, Wireless Markup Language (WML), WMLScript, and various toolkits and servers that ease wireless application development. Best of all, the authors realize that most folks working as WAP developers have Web roots; they explain their subjects in terms that anyone with a bit of HTML and Web-scripting (JavaScript or VBScript) background should be able to follow easily.

Aside from the overview sections that explain WAP technologies in broad terms, this book focuses on code. Readers see software literally "develop" through the course of each chapter, as the authors start out with a relatively simple illustration and build on it, adding features and demonstrating capabilities as they go along. Generally high-grade commentary accompanies the evolving code, so this book proves almost as useful away from the development workstation as at it. Overall, the book earns its price with its in-depth coverage of such important, firm standards as WMLScript, supplemented by less detailed--but still useful--attention to such ancillary technologies as VoiceXML. --David Wall

Topics covered: Development of software for mobile telephones and other portable devices with Wireless Application Protocol (WAP), Wireless Markup Language (WML), WMLScript, Active Server Pages (ASP), ColdFusion, Java, and other languages and technologies. Task-oriented sections deal with the specifics of working with e-mail in WAP applications, integration of WAP with Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), and content pushing.

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2000 is the year of the wireless web. The advent of a technology that allows us to access Internet content and services via mobile phone is revolutionizing the way we think about computing. WAP is the first step along this road, and with the advantages that m-commerce and 24-7 accessibility can bring, developers will need to get to grips with this new technology in order to stay one step ahead.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written mishmosh Oct. 16 2001
Seems like they tried very hard to get the book out very fast to capitalize on the "WAP craze" that was happening a year or so ago. It shows -- it's incomplete, inconsistent, poorly written, and even full of typos. Try "Dynamic WAP application development" instead, it's more complete and better written.
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By Alex I.
This is the best way to get really confused before writing your first WAP application. Try Ben Forta. Application programmers need a simplified architecture showing what is relevant to their task. This book is not relevant to my task. I regret I bought it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book... Jan. 14 2001
this was one of the first complete WAP books. The book covers all the begining and advanced topics. I recommend this book to someone with good previous knowledge of web development.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good book for WAP introduction Nov. 2 2000
I consider this book to be the best for giving introduction about all the aspects of WAP. I guess the title "Professional" misled the people. This book is very nicely laid out and contents are good. (The)... examples are not all that great in some of the chapters. For instance examples in Java, ASP, JSP areas are great but in the push/pull technology chapters, there are no examples at all.
Still this gave me very good insight of WAP and helped me to finish my first project on WAP.
I would definitely recommend this to any beginner to WAP. For others, this is not the book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 15 pounds worth, could be clearer Oct. 25 2000
I took 3 hours this past weekend to quickly read through this one and decided to send it back. Each of the sections doesn't work with the others & I didn't find the sample applications very helpful. It's got a great deal of information, it just needs to be organized more clearly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful and informative Sept. 29 2000
Although I approached this book with skepticism, tending to believe that fat books usually contain more fluff than content, I actually liked it. I understood _what_ WAP was and how it works, and, after a couple of hours toying around with WML, it took me some small part of an otherwise busy day at work to add a WAP face to a small part of the HTTP interface of Ovrimos SQL Server. I had to discover alone, though, how WAP handles 401 responses (it prompts for credentials) and 302 redirections (the Ericsson 320 emulator fails to handle it). I'm left with quite some work to do (to check it with an actual WAP gateway, if possible). I believe the book should have more details on the interaction of HTTP and WAP, not just when everything goes ok (200 Ok, to be exact). Another obvious omission on the subject of dynamically generated WML content, was PHP. PHP probably amounts to a lot more content than JSP does, and will be put in good use when WAP takes off, too. All in all, I'm quite happy with the book, and I wasn't isappointed with "GTK+/Gnome Programming" either. I'll surely keep an eye on Wrox books in the future, and it's quite a change for a person that didn't buy anything that didn't have "Addison-Wesley" or "O'Reilly" on it.
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