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Planning to offer enterprise access to PDA or smart phone devices via the Web? Read this article to learn what is available in the mobile browser arena. A significant factor in the user experience of a wireless Web site or application is the mobile or microbrowser that is used to navigate the application or site and interact with its contents. A mobile or microbrowser constitutes the software that renders markup language elements and data received over a wireless link. In this article, I will briefly highlight the current mobile browser landscape and provide a short overview of the browsers available for Palm OS, Windows CE, and Symbian J2ME, as well as several mobile phone device platforms. Table 1 outlines the mobile browsers that will be discussed in this article. Please note that while this list includes numerous mobile browsers, many of which are quite popula... (more)

Book Review: "Beginning .NET Game Programming"

If you are interested in writing computer games or simulations in .NET, then the Apress book Beginning .NET Game Programming will prove to be a valuable resource. A trio of authors, notably David Weller, Alexandre Santos Laboa, and Ellen Hatton, wrote this book, which introduces the reader to many of the fundamental concepts that go into programming a game. All topics are illustrated in .NET using Visual Basic .NET or C# along with the .NET Framework managed wrapper APIs for DirectX and GDI+. The book is organized principally around four game projects, including a .NET version o... (more)

Mobile VPN Technology Provides Secure Access to Enterprise Resources

Mobile VPN technology offers enterprises a mature, proven solution for providing secure, private access to remote users of enterprise resources. This article provides an overview of what's available for immediate deployment. An exciting development to watch this year has been the accelerated release of new and existing Virtual Private Network (VPN) offerings with feature lists that include optimization for operation over local or cellular-based wireless networks and new handheld device support. The primary features that differentiate a mobile VPN from other VPN solutions include... (more)

Book Reviews

.NET and COM - The Complete Interoperability Guide is divided into four major areas: using COM components in .NET, using .NET components from COM, designing great COM components for .NET, and designing great .NET components for COM. A brief scan of the table of contents will quickly convey the wealth of material that has been compiled into this book. Adam Nathan starts out with an overview of .NET, managed code, and unmanaged code. In the first two chapters, he provided the reader with the necessary vocabulary that is applied throughout the book. His description of advanced .NET ... (more)

Secure Networks

If you follow wireless technology, then you frequently read articles on the Web or in various trade magazines reporting the latest security holes found. This article will attempt to draw a border around the wireless security landscape by providing a discussion of various security technologies that have been designed and optimized to operate over local and cellular-based wireless networks. The support for security in mobile application platforms will be highlighted along with what technologies are available today for securing wireless networks; accompanying diagrams depicting diff... (more)