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Implementation That Tells All Points Wireless: 'Let's All Get Along' : Page 2

Severely limited in their local storage capacity, and often running operating systems that don't mesh neatly with client/server apps, mobile wireless devices are a blessing for traveling workers but a nuisance for developers.




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Wireless P2P Development Options
As the peer-to-peer market has matured, a growing number of companies have rolled out products that lay the groundwork for wireless P2P development, including the following:

  • Beverly, MA-based P2P collaboration vendor Groove Networks has created an enterprise collaboration platform which can be used to connect peer groups on the fly using its own set of protocols. Both the client and server pieces of the Groove application sit on the user PC, but Groove peer groups can include network-connected mobile devices.
  • Irvine, CA-based P2P collaboration software vendor Endeavors Technology has developed a P2P collaboration platform, Magi, which relies on Internet-standard protocols such as http for data serving and SSL for security. Through Endeavors' use of WebDAV, users can read and write to remote documents stored on other users' computers. The Magi Embedded product can run within a WinCE operating system, turning a Compaq iPAQ PocketPC and an HP Journada into web servers.
  • BadBlue from Atlanta, GA-based Working Resources Inc. includes a tiny but fully functional web server known as zShare which can be used for app serving, P2P file sharing, and data transcoding. zShare allows networked users to work concurrently on ODBC-compliant documents, notably Word docs and Excel spreadsheets.
  • San Francisco-based Ellipsus Systems has released a mobile application server suite based on peer-to-peer architecture. The suite, infiniteMASS, is designed to deliver data and applications based on dynamic characteristics of end devices, such as device type, user profile, and location.
  • Ventrada Systems of Ottawa, Canada has developed P2P software which allows mobile users to access and manage files, documents, and data from any Internet-enabled device.
  • The IBM WebSphere Transcoding Publisher can help you extend the reach of your data and applications across various business systems to an ever-expanding number of pervasive devices.
  • Further down the road, open source wireless P2P development tools will also be readily available. Sun Microsystems, for example, is working on Project JXTA, which is aimed at creating a core services layer that they'd like to see adopted by all P2P developers. Sometime in the next few months, Sun plans to release its JXME standard. JXME is a version of the JXTA protocol aimed at the mobile information devices platform contained within the Java 2 Platform Micro Edition.

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