Congratulations to R Reiner, who will be heading off to Amsterdam in July to take part in the Wrox Professional Wireless Developer Conference with hundreds of other developers.
The conference incorporates more than 40 sessions on topics including WAP, ASP, Java, C++ and open source technologies. Delivered over 3 days by industry experts sharing their experience, this conference is a must for programmers working in - or wanting to learn about - mobile commerce, WML/WMLScript, developing for EPOC, WinCE, Palm, managing enterprise data on wireless networks, and Bluetooth.
As a programmer, you have an essential role to play in the development of applications that will become part of everyday life for people as diverse as executives, sales staff, and teenagers. When your target platform is as ubiquitous as a mobile phone, the size of your potential audience is huge. In Amsterdam this July, we'll show you how to get started in the wireless world, and how to make the most out of these new technologies.
Ross Bott, Ph.D., Chief Operating Officer of Phone.com Inc., will be the keynote speaker at the conference on 10th July. He will be addressing delegates on the subject of the new development opportunities offered by the next generation of mobile communication networks. The keynote session on 11th July will be given by Gregory Gorman from the Wireless and Mobile Programming Division of the Open Group.
The conference has been organized around the following three themes: "The Wireless Web", "Extending the Enterprise" and "Developing for Mobile Platforms". The "Wireless Web" track will be of particular interest to ASP developers, because of the extensive coverage given to WAP - Wireless Application Protocol. WAP enables Internet access from mobile phones, and has been designed from the ground up to cope with the limitations of such devices - namely, the small screen, low power and low bandwidth. You can use ASP to generate content for delivery of WAP just as you can for the Web, and in the rapidly growing world of the wireless Web and mobile commerce, you'll need to learn about this new technology to keep one step ahead.
XML is also featured heavily in the conference, across all three tracks. For a start, you'll learn about Wireless Markup Language (WML), which is an application of XML. Increasingly, developers are looking to XML and XSLT for the creation of data-centric sites that solve the problem of tailoring content for multiple clients accessing the same data over the Net - from mobile phones and PDAs, to set-top boxes and PCs. XML is also important in enterprise applications as a means of communication and data transfer between mobile platforms and back-end servers.
Several sessions across several tracks will focus on Java; including "Java Technology for Mobile Devices" from Bill Day of Sun Microsystems. Java is an increasingly popular platform for wireless development, on both the server-side (with servlets and JSPs generating dynamic WAP content) and the client-side (with application development on handhelds and PDAs using J2ME). The conference will cover all of these technologies and more, including talks on Ericsson's JAWAP, Enhydra and JavaCard.
Open Source technologies are at the forefront of wireless development, and although the area is not yet mature, exciting new projects are gaining recognition - efforts such as Kannel's Open Source WAP Gateway. Technologies like Perl and PHP are easily adaptable for generating WAP content, and at the Wrox Wireless Conference you'll not only learn about them, you'll see how they are applied in real-world case-studies using Linux, Apache, MySQL, Enhydra, and others.
It won't all be work though as R Reiner will also be attending the Professional WAP Launch Party on Monday night. Professional WAP is the eagerly awaited new Wrox book on this open, industry-wide standard. At the launch party all delegates may enjoy a "round the world" buffet and an evening full of entertainment. There'll be music, prizes, and a free bar, where everyone can sample our specially developed WAP cocktail!
R Reiner won the ticket thanks to his inspiring slogan, "Wrox & WAP - developing at the speed of light", which he felt encapsulated Wrox Conferences. This may be appearing on a conference T-shirt near you some time soon.
The standard of entries was very high and although we had not planned to, we felt that we should offer a runner up prize to the following entry:
- "All the fun of Wrox technical publications, but with alcohol served after 4PM"
A Wrox Press Ltd book is on its way.
This is one conference that the forward-thinking developer cannot afford to miss! For more information on speakers, sessions, sponsors, entertainment, accommodation and more see the Wrox Conferences Web site: