Mobile Web 2.0: The Innovator's Guide to Developing and Marketing Next Generation Wireless/Mobile Applications Paperback – Aug 1 2006
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That said, I must say that I learned from this book. Being ignorant about the way the Mobile world is organized, it gives you insight in what to do and what not to do when you consider building applications and services for the Mobile market. It doesn't really give you any design guidelines, but it does sketch the environment and comes with sound advice.
So, if you are really eager for this type of information, you can learn from this book. That is, if you are not put off by the writing and layout. What you cannot learn is how a publication like this is written, edited and layed out, unless you are studying to be a book editor, in which case it makes perfect study material...
This book contains a few interesting observations. Especially the cultural and business difference between the Internet world and the telecommunication industry (labeled as 'Open Gardens' and 'Walled Gardens' respectively) is worth noting. However, I can hardly recommend this book mainly due to its very shallow explanation of related topics. Almost all the references in the book are from web pages, and it contains very very few literal references. I don't think siting web pages itself is a bad idea, but it is embarrassing to see the authors siting and even quoting from Wikipedia without giving a timestamp. This implies that the authors have never done thorough research on the technical topics.
Another problem I see in this book is that the authors' discussions were not really based on the real observation but rather remained very conceptual. I like the idea of using mobile devices to publish information as the authors propose, but this would require detailed survey of device capabilities, user interface issues, and so on. Unfortunately, you cannot find practical information to tackle with such problems.
The authors aren't shy with their opinions and many of them probably won't generate sustainable models, but they're fresh, in line with the current services-orientation thinking and abundant with real world instantiations.
If you've given up on SOA and the snake charmer's lure of chasing perfectly integrated systems, but still believe in reusable, scalable and open services, give this a read--then pass it on.
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