This comprehensive guide provides developers with the necessary skills to develop WAP applications and build dynamic Web sites for wireless use. Dynamic WAP Application Development first introduces the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) and offers an in-depth explanation of the prominent wireless languages.
Part I Introducing wireless development
1 Understanding WAP
2 WAP application development platforms
Part II Introduction to WML
3 Getting started with WML
4 Navigating in WML
5 Getting information
6 Using variables in WML
7 Extending WML
Part III Introduction to WMLScript
8 Getting started with WMLScript
9 Using WMLScript statements and operators
10 WMLScript functions and pragmas
Part IV Introducing HDML
11 Getting started with HDML
12 Building interactivity with HDML
13 Using variables in HDML
14 Activities, bookmarks, cache, and access control
Part V Wireless application design issues
15 WAP design principles
16 Converting HDML to WML
Part VI Dynamic WAP applications with ASP
17 Introduction to Microsoft Active Server Pages
18 Database connectivity with ADO
19 Using ASP to generate dynamic WAP content
20 Using ASP to implement data-based WAP applications
21 Troubleshooting your ASP/WAP application
Part VII Dynamic WAP applications with Java technologies
22 Introduction to Java servlets
23 Database connectivity using JDBC
24 Using Java servlets to generate dynamic WAP content
25 Information tracking
26 Using Java servlets to implement database access
27 Introduction to JavaServer Pages
28 Developing email applications using Java
Part VIII Transforming XML into wireless formats
29 Introduction to XML, XPath, and XSLT
30 XML parsers and XSLT processors
31 Implementing transformations
Part IX Setting up a testing environment
32 Using WAP gateways
33 Configuring WAP devices
Part X Case studies
34 Mobile inventory and ordering system
35 Mobile library system
Part XI Appendices
Appendix A: WML elements
Appendix B: WMLScript function libraries
Appendix C: HDML reference
Appendix D: Setting up PWS and IIS
Appendix E: HTTP/1.1 request and response headers
Appendix F: Java servlet packages
About the book
The authors begin with HDML (Handheld Device Markup Language), the first wireless language and one still supported by many Internet-enabled phones in the United States. They next cover WML (Wireless Markup Language), the XML-based successor to HDML that is supported by most phones worldwide. The third language described is WMLScript, the client-side scripting language of the wireless world that enables the developer to include procedure logic within their WML markup. In addition to hands-on practice with each of these languages, the book examines the issues involved in wireless application design and in converting HDML documents into WML.
The book also provides an overview of Microsoft Active Server Pages (ASP) and Java Servlets, and guides developers through the process of creating dynamic WAP applications using these server-side technologies.
Application design specific to the small display and limited memory capacity of wireless phones is also covered. Advanced topics include security, performance, and the intricacies of WAP gateways. The book also includes robust case studies that put WAP concepts into practice.Translation rights for Dynamic WAP Application Development have been granted for Brazil. If you are interested in learning where to buy this book in a language other than English, please inquire at your local bookseller.
About the reader
This book is geared for developers who are called upon to extend existing Web services to wireless phone subscribers and for those who need to understand the resources involved in the development and deployment of WAP applications.
About the authors
Soo Mee Foo has a Master's degree in Computer Science with specialization in parallel programming and artificial intelligence. She also conducts workshops on Web and WAP application development to IT professionals. She lives in Singapore, where she is a lecturer at a polytechnic.
Christopher Hoover manages platform technologies for Openwave Systems, Inc., an industry leader in wireless web technology and co-founder of the WAP forum. He currently resides in San Francisco.
Wei Meng Lee has a Computer Science degree from the National University of Singapore. His interest is in web technologies and he conducts training for Visual Basic and web developers. He lives in Singapore.