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REVIEW: "Wireless Web", Frank P. Coyle

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    BKWRLSWB.RVW 20010925 Wireless Web , Frank P. Coyle, 2001, 0-201-72217-8, U$39.99/C$59.95 %A Frank P. Coyle %C P.O. Box 520, 26 Prince Andrew Place, Don
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      "Wireless Web", Frank P. Coyle, 2001, 0-201-72217-8, U$39.99/C$59.95
      %A Frank P. Coyle
      %C P.O. Box 520, 26 Prince Andrew Place, Don Mills, Ontario M3C 2T8
      %D 2001
      %G 0-201-72217-8
      %I Addison-Wesley Publishing Co.
      %O U$39.99/C$59.95 416-447-5101 fax: 416-443-0948 bkexpress@...
      %P 248 p.
      %T "Wireless Web: A Manager's Guide"

      The introduction outlines three audiences for the book. They can be
      condensed into two: executives and consultants who only need to know
      the implications of the technology, and technical managers, who need
      to know the gritty details. These two groups are almost completely
      disjoint, and so it is odd that the author even attempts to address
      both. However, a significant effort has been made to design the book
      in such a way that the core text can contain the details, while
      highlights are addressed in marginal notes that can be skimmed.

      Chapter one provides an overview of the convergence of the Internet
      and wireless technology. While it touches on the significance of the
      change in technology, ultimately the document gets bogged down in
      voice command examples. Devices are discussed in chapter two, but in
      spite of the problems noted with incompatibility there is no
      examination of standardization. A blue sky future is predicted for
      the Bluetooth protocol. in chapter three, but no information about how
      to implement real applications. A mixed bag of protocols, some
      addressing different levels of the communications stack, are very
      tersely introduced in chapter four. Protocols still on the drawing
      board are mentioned in chapter five. Chapter six looks at the
      Wireless Application Protocol (WAP). The usual non-explanation of XML
      (eXtensible Markup Language) is given in chapter seven: it would
      probably be better to say that WML (Wireless Markup Language, used in
      WAP) and VoiceXML are XML applications, and leave it at that. Java,
      and its close relation to small devices, gets a decent accounting in
      chapter eight, although extraneous details do obscure the issue. Bits
      and pieces of security technologies are discussed in chapter nine, but
      not in a way that comprehensively and usefully addresses the topic.

      Each chapter ends with a list of resources: mostly Web pages that can
      be researched for more information on specific topics.

      By and large, details of the various technologies are almost
      completely absent from the book. Thus, while it may be suitable for
      providing a vague idea of the possibilities of wireless applications,
      the work certainly does not set forth any data or guidance necessary
      to implement anything. The executive summaries and marginal notes
      serve only to reduce what is already primarily a promotional piece
      (albeit free from particular bias) to a pamphlet.

      As a quick introduction to terms and technologies involved in wireless
      communications, this volume has something of a place, although an
      expensive one. For anything more, you will have to look elsewhere.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 2001 BKWRLSWB.RVW 20010925

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