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By Brian Fonseca  |  Posted 2004-03-21 Print this article Print

Wireless Web services also mean more enterprise offerings from carriers. To wit, Sun and Verizon Wireless at CTIA will demonstrate a wireless version of eAgencys Nice Office application suite for the BlackBerry, officials said. Several carriers will launch the application next quarter, Allard said.

Web designers like the idea that the adoption of Web services gives them the power of programmers, as long as they know XML, and this may help maintain the purity of the application. (RIM, for its part, decided to favor Java over C++ a few years ago.)

"As a designer, I hate handing over something to programmers who then pervert my original design in order to make it easier to code," said Byron Seese, a Web designer at Animation Technologies Inc., in Boston.

Meanwhile, Sybase at the CTIA conference will launch Sybase Mach Desktop. Designed for ISVs, the software supports and captures Web, database and XML services content for PCs, PDAs, mobile phones and kiosks, said officials at the Dublin, Calif., company.

Sybase Mach Desktop captures application data, transforms it to a developers format of choice and then plays it back via a personalized Web portal, said Dave Wolf, senior engineering manager at Sybase. Supported formats include HTML for PCs, Wireless Markup Language, XML, Compact HTML and Interactive Voice Response.

The software supports offline connectivity through integration with its iAnywhere M-Business technology. Due next month, the software carries a 60MB footprint and runs on Windows 2000 and higher Linux and Solaris servers.

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Brian Fonseca is a senior writer at eWEEK who covers database, data management and storage management software, as well as storage hardware. He works out of eWEEK's Woburn, Mass., office. Prior to joining eWEEK, Brian spent four years at InfoWorld as the publication's security reporter. He also covered services, and systems management. Before becoming an IT journalist, Brian worked as a beat reporter for The Herald News in Fall River, Mass., and cut his teeth in the news business as a sports and news producer for Channel 12-WPRI/Fox 64-WNAC in Providence, RI. Brian holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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