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WirelessDevNet: So You Wanna Be A Wireless Star?

May 12, 2000, 16:14 (0 Talkback[s])
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"While you may be familiar with widely used software packages such as Linux, Perl, and MySQL, it may surprise you to know that there are several commercial-grade products being developed for use in wireless applications making use of technologies such as SMS, WAP, and Bluetooth. I'd like to highlight a few of these projects this week in hopes that, at a minimum, you'll check out these incredible products offerings."

"Kannel: The Open Source WAP and SMS Gateway Project
The first project I'd like to introduce you to is Kannel, which bills itself as the open source WAP and SMS gateway project. Founded by WapIT in Helsinki in 1999, the project has advanced to a stage where commercial operators such as Globe Telecom in the Philippines are currently using Kannel to serve tens of thousands of SMS requests per day. The WAP server is still under development and is not ready for industrial use, although it does work in light testing environments."

"Enhydra: The Open Source Java/XML Application Server
Enhydra is a Java application server project that is already enjoying widespread commercial use (WirelessDevNet uses it to run our discussion area!) Enhydra's site is sponsored by Lutris Technologies; Lutris offers a variety of support, training, and consulting services for the product. Because Enhydra converts all content into XML before serving it out via their Java servlet framework, virtually any type of data or content can be served once the data has been converted to XML (which can actually be done on the fly by the server). One consequence of this is that Enhydra supports dynamic WML generation capabilities as well as the standard HTML output."

"Axis Bluetooth On Linux
While many may think of open source projects as loose collections of students hacking away throughout the night (not that there's anything wrong with that!), the true power of the idea to businesses is that can help produce better products due to the public peer review process and collective pooling of some very large brains around the planet. Companies like Axis Communications help illustrate to those sitting on the fence how opening their source code up can help the entire company prosper."

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