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How to start ?
If you are new to WAP and would like to learn WML,
below are all the steps you need to follow:
- Download the Nokia Wap development toolkit.
toolkit will give you all necessary reading material, a WML editor, and a phone
emulator on which you can test your future WML site.
- Look at the WML code of existing WAP sites.
to www.wapall.com on the phone emulator
to find different sites. After you fetch a WML page, you can view its WML
source code in the WML editor. This is a very good learning experience.
However, don't copy other sites' code (especially ours) because you will
violate copyright laws.
- Use developer
forums to find answers to your questions, our favorite is Phone.com
- For your development, use only phone emulators
provided by Nokia, Phone.com, Ericsson or Motorola. These companies actually
use the same browsers available in their emulators on real phones !
- WML is easy. The best way to learn it is by
doing it. Top
WAP developer toolkits and emulators:
If you are serious about WAP development, you
should consider making your site suitable for all browsers currently available
in the world market. Each browser will display your WAP site differently.
all WML tags are supported with all browsers. If you do not test your
website with all available browsers, it is very likely that your website will
not work on all phones. When working with emulators, make sure you send your
signal through a gateway to simulate actual phone connection. Below are
links to the developer sites where you can download the most commonly used
WAP development tools:
Because of slow connection and the limited size of
each WAP deck, images for WAP browsers need to be in a bitmap format. Some
gateways are capable of converting GIF or JPG format into WBMP automatically,
but you should make the conversion yourself to ensure universal compatibility.
WAP developer forums:
If you have problems or questions, developer
forums are a great resource to get answers. There are thousands of developers
like you with the same problems. You don't have to reinvent
the wheel. Simply go to the developer forums where you may find the exact
answers to your problems, already posted. Top
Other useful links:
Our list is short because we know that this is MORE THAN YOU NEED
to become a professional WAP developer ! Top
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