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.NET Wireless Programming

ISBN: 978-0-7821-2975-5
564 pages
February 2002
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Microsoft's .NET strategy embraces a vision for integrating diverse elements of computing technology and data services. The wireless Internet and mobile devices are core components of that strategy. Visual Studio .NET includes a powerful set of toolsthe Mobile Internet Toolkitfor developing websites and applications that can be accessed from all kinds of mobile devices .NET Wireless Programming provides the technical details you need to master to develop end-to-end wireless solutions based on .NET technology.

You'll learn to take advantage of the Mobile Internet Toolkit's automated deployment capabilities, which enable a single site or application to work with nearly any mobile device. Freed from the task of writing code to accommodate various devices, you'll be able to apply other skills to build a more powerful application: Work with styles and templates. Create custom controls. Read from and write to databases. And use Microsoft's Web Services in support of a distributed architecture.

Five case studies, including a mobile intranet, a contacts database, and an online game, illustrate solutions to real problems and techniques for maximizing application flexibility. A set of appendices provide detailed information on the WML language and the Toolkit's classes. This book presents its many code examples in Visual Basic .NET, but the greater emphasis is on Visual Studio .NET and the flexibility it gives developers in choosing the language they want to use.

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Introduction.

Part I Microsoft .NET: The Overview.

Chapter 1: What Is .NET?.

Chapter 2: MicrosoftÕs End-to-End Mobile Strategy.

Part II Mobile Wireless Technologies.

Chapter 3: Wireless Overview.

Chapter 4: An Example of Mobile Technology: WAP and WML.

Chapter 5: Designing for the Mobile Web.

Part III Introducing .NET Mobile.

Chapter 6: Getting Started with the Mobile Internet Toolkit.

Chapter 7: The Runtime Controls.

Chapter 8: A Deeper Look at the Mobile Internet Toolkit and VB .NET.

Part IV Using the Mobile Internet Toolkit.

Chapter 9: Data Access with the Mobile Internet Toolkit, Part 1(List Controls).

Chapter 10: Data Access with the Mobile Internet Toolkit, Part 2.

Chapter 11: Using Styles and Templates in the Mobile Internet Toolkit.

Chapter 12: Creating Custom Controls.

Chapter 13: Customizing the Device Adapters.

Chapter 14: Using XML Web Services to Build Distributed Applications.

Chapter 15: Building Performance Applications.

Part V Building Applications with the Mobile Internet Toolkit.

Chapter 16: Sample Mobile Website: My Computer Shop.

Chapter 17: The HomeLoanCalculator.

Chapter 18: MyTipple: A Wine LoverÕs Portal.

Chapter 19: MorrisÕs Wholesale Fruit & Vege: A Mobile Intranet.

Chapter 20: MyNewContacts: MyContacts Revisited.

Chapter 21: RockPaperScissors: An Online Game.

Appendices.

Appendix A: Class Listing for the Mobile Internet Toolkit.

Appendix B: WML Language Reference.

Appendix C: Internet References.

Index.

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Mark Ridgeway is Head of Information Technology at Kyneton Secondary College in Victoria, Australia. Because of his remote location, he has had a compelling reason to dive into learning wireless technologies. He is a regular contributor to one of the leading wireless application development websites, www.anywhereyougo.com, and has also written for the developer website DevX.com.
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