Professional WAP

WAP may not have set the world on fire - despite its enormous hype in 2000 - but many analysts still see opportunity in accessing the Internet from wireless devices like mobile phones. If you want to get a piece of this action, you could do worse than to read Professional WAP.

The book is mostly designed for Web developers who want to parlay their skills to the wireless world. The authors - an international team of 13 - structure most of Professional WAP for this audience. However, people seeking to understand the context of WAP will find the overview (including a history of the technology and a short discussion on the business perspective) useful and easy to digest. Perhaps the book can be first read by business managers for the overview and then passed on to the techies for all the details?

One of the last chapters, "What the future holds", raises some interesting points about the future of wireless computing. This section looks at some of the trends in communications (GPRS, Bluetooth, evolution of PDAs, and so on) in an attempt to shed some light on how WAP will fare over the next few years. If you are considering building your skills in this area, it pays to understand the factors influencing how fast the technology will develop and in what form it will be adopted.

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