Free SDK Offers APIs

 
 
By Timothy Dyck  |  Posted 2001-07-30 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The main role of Microsoft Corp.'s Mobile Information Server is as a dedicated mail gateway for the company's Exchange mail server, but developers can also use it as infrastructure for their own custom mobile applications.

The main role of Microsoft Corp.s Mobile Information Server is as a dedicated mail gateway for the companys Exchange mail server, but developers can also use it as infrastructure for their own custom mobile applications.

Mobile Information Server includes two developer-callable interfaces: mmisdeviceinfo, which returns the type of mobile device a particular mobile worker is using, and mmisnotify, which sends a message out to a particular mobile worker. These interfaces are accessible through SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol).

The free Mobile Information Server SDK (software development kit), which will be downloadable from Microsofts Web site next month, will provide documentation, code samples and a dynamic link library file that provides a COM (Component Object Model) interface for the two functions for developers who are using COM-centric development tools such as Microsofts Visual Basic. The COM components still use the SOAP interfaces but hide the SOAP calls from the developer.

 
 
 
 
Timothy Dyck is a Senior Analyst with eWEEK Labs. He has been testing and reviewing application server, database and middleware products and technologies for eWEEK since 1996. Prior to joining eWEEK, he worked at the LAN and WAN network operations center for a large telecommunications firm, in operating systems and development tools technical marketing for a large software company and in the IT department at a government agency. He has an honors bachelors degree of mathematics in computer science from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and a masters of arts degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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