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Implementing the Wireless Application Protocol: The Complete Integrator's Guide

Implementing the Wireless Application Protocol: The Complete Integrator's Guide

Steve Mann

ISBN: 978-0-471-35552-6

Dec 2020

256 pages

Select type: Hardcover


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WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) was created to allow different handheld devices like Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), a new breed of cell phones called "smart phones", and wirelessly enabled laptops to communicate and share data. It lets developers write one single application that will work across these devices and even across networks and the Internet. Until the creation of WAP, no technology allowed these devices to talk to each other. Developers are now racing to find out as much as possible about WAP to create applications and products based on this standard.

An example of such technology that shows the importance of being able to share such information would be a sales force that provided PDAs to it's sales reps. Using these PDAs, reps in the field can instantly access the latest information about the company's products and services, and just as easily send orders into the office for fulfillment.

Unwired Planet is the company behind two of the languages used to create these applications, HDML (Handheld Device Mark-up Language) and HDTP (Handheld Device Transport Protocol). Together with Ericsson, Motorola, Nokia, they are developing WAP and run the WAP Forum, dedicated to gaining wider acceptance of the standard. The WAP forum currently has over 40 corporate members and is growing fast. This is the third book in a three volume series.