49 Extending Enterprise Systems with Mobile/Wireless Applications

Wednesday, 29 October – 13:30-17:00 Afternoon

James White, Fourth Generation, Inc., jpwhite_mn@yahoo.com

Many organizations are adding mobile and wireless capabilities to their IT infrastructure. This tutorial explores technologies, designs and issues associated with the development of mobile and wireless software applications. In this tutorial, we explore how to leverage and reuse existing object-oriented system code for mobile and wireless applications. We also identify the pros/cons and development issues associated with various software application solutions, including Java, .NET, Wireless Application Protocol (WAP), and Brew. We examine the device market and its impact on software development. Finally, we discuss what makes for good and bad mobile/wireless software. Not unlike enterprise software, mobile/wireless software solutions must be appropriately designed. Some of the design and architecture issues are shared with those of bigger object-oriented applications. Other issues, especially around user interface and database synchronization, require special consideration. This tutorial exposes the mobile/wireless software architecture and design issues and potential solutions.

Attendee background

This tutorial is targeted to those individuals exploring mobile/wireless software application development.

Prerequisites: Participants should have some familiarity with the basic concepts of software development and object-oriented programming.


Lecture, examples, and demonstrations


James White is Wireless Practice Manager and Senior Consultant for Fourth Generation, Inc. based in St. Paul, MN. He is the co-author of "Java 2 Micro Edition" from Manning Publications and has written several articles on mobile/wireless computing, Java and object-oriented topics. Jim also finds time to speak frequently at industry conferences and spoke about J2ME at last year's JavaOne conference.