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Learning WML, and WMLScript
by Martin Frost


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Book Description
The next generation of mobile communicators is here, and delivering content to them will mean programming in WML (Wireless Markup Language) and WMLScript, the languages of the Wireless Application Environment (WAE). The WAE allows information in almost all applications to be formatted for display on mobile devices, such as cell phones, and enables the user to interact with the information.

Why learn yet another technology? According to some estimates, 75 percent of web document viewing by the year 2002 will be through non-desktop devices, many using wireless technologies. Clearly, the future is wireless. For web developers who want to get up to speed quickly in these languages, Learning WML & WMLScript maps out in detail the WAE and its two major components, WML and WMLScript.

Fortunately, the WAE provides a World Wide Web-like model for writing applications, incorporating several key features of the Web to ease the transition for developers. Almost all wireless applications can be written with WML, which replaces HTML in the wireless environment, and WMLScript, which replaces JavaScript. With this book, web developers with some knowledge of programming and C, Java, or JavaScript syntax can easily master both languages.

Chapter by chapter, Learning WML & WMLScript takes readers through the following WML topics:

  • Decks, templates and cards
  • User Interaction
  • Variables and contexts
  • Tasks, events, and timers
  • Text and text formatting

WMLScript topics include:

  • Data types, conversions and variables
  • Operators and expressions
  • Statements
  • Functions
  • Standard libraries

Learning WML & WMLScript is the resource of choice for application developers who want to upgrade their skills and their sites so they won't be left plugged in during the wireless revolution.

Book Info
A quick speed-up for Internet developers in need of skill in the new WML and WMLScript languages. Topics covered include WML decks, templates, cards, text, and images, and WMLScript datatypes, operators, statements, functions, and pragmas. Also includes two complete example programs using WML and WMLScript languages. Softcover.


Product Details
  • Paperback: 197 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly; 1 edition (October 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 1565929470
  • Average Customer Review: based on 5 reviews.
  • Amazon.com Sales Rank: #478,443 in Books
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A different kind of animal, July 24, 2005
Reviewer:B. Chandler (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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WML (Wireless Markup Language)
WAP (Wireless Application Protocol)
I have not successfully used this animal yet but all the elements are there. I have dabbled in wireless communications for quite some time and never found a need to use WML due to the proprietary nature of all the equipment and communication programs. Now I want to venture over the internet and am going to use my web site. This is just for dabbling purposes. So far the book looks strait forward. There is just a slight terminology difference and syntax difference from HTML.
There is even a "Hello World" application. How appropriate.


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A Start !, February 22, 2002
Reviewer:Deke Flesche (Chicago) - See all my reviews
This book is a very immature guide. The editing is quite poor too. However if all you want is a fast introduction, this book just might help; please don't mind the headache at the end of the day.

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Not too little, not too much, December 19, 2000
Reviewer:Simon Wistow (London, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
I thought this book was great. It struck the right balance between being a comprehensive primer on the topic, having enough detail if you decide you need it and not going into too much detail about stuff that is dealt with elsewhere - like CGI programming or generating pages from languages like Perl. If you want that then buy Leraning Perl or CGI programming on the World Wide Web.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful:

Not too little, not too much, December 19, 2000
Reviewer:Simon Wistow (London, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
I thought this book was great. It struck the right balance between being a comprehensive primer on the topic, having enough detail if you decide you need it and not going into too much detail about stuff that is dealt with elsewhere - like CGI programming or generating pages from languages like Perl. If you want that then buy Leraning Perl or CGI programming on the World Wide Web.

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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful:

short & sweet book for novice, December 15, 2000
Reviewer:Pratik Shah (Bombay , India) - See all my reviews
good handy book to get used to wap terminology & understand wap , wml & wmlscript concepts.

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