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The Wireless Application Protocol: A Wiley Tech Brief
By Steve Mann and Scott Sbihli
Published September 2000, Wiley Computer Publishing, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; ISBN 0471399922
224 pages, softbound, $23.69 USA/$46.50 Canada
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The wireless application protocol (WAP) allows mobile users to access a variety of Internet content and services. While optimized for the constraints of small, less-powerful devices such as cellular telephones and handheld devices operating with limited bandwidth, WAP manages to offer security and device-independent computing. For a short, nontechnical introduction to this quickly evolving technology, read The Wireless Application Protocol: A Wiley Tech Brief
by Steve Mann and Scott Sbihli.
Mann is a software developer and writer. His credits include Programming Applications with the Wireless Application Protocol
(see Additional Resources box at end of article) and Advanced Palm Programming: Developing Real World Applications
, both published by Wiley Computer Publishing. Sbihli works for Dynamis Solutions Inc., a consulting company with offices in Southfield, Mich., Phoenix, and Cincinnati, (www.edynamis.com)
that develops mobile solutions for the enterprise.
In The Wireless Application Protocol
, Mann and Sbihli paint with broad strokes. Written in a whitepaper flavor, the book touches on the architecture and history of WAP, the user experience, some basics on content development, a few brief profiles of enterprise applications, and a discussion of WAP's future.
Technically savvy readers won't find much new information in The Wireless Application Protocol
. However, executives and managers who have little knowledge of wireless technologies but want to learn about the field will find a gentle introduction. Whether discussing various WAP client hardware products or the deck-of-cards nature of WAP application development, the authors merely skim the surface--making it quite a painless experience for nontechnical readers.
The book contains a reprint of the WAP's wireless markup specification. One must wonder why this specification was included in a nontechnical introduction, especially when it is available from the Wireless Application Protocol Forum's Web site. Perhaps it was tacked on to add bulk to the book--the specification covers 80 of its 224 pages--in the hopes that more pages would make it more appealing.