Geekspeak: November 5, 2001

By Peter Coffee  |  Posted 2001-11-05 Print this article Print

Mobile Internet toolkit and the traffic phone.

I was working on a story at the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference last month when Microsofts John Montgomery, product manager for .Net Framework, sat down next to me and pulled out his cell phone. "Youve got to see this," he said. Punching a few buttons, he pulled up a list of Seattle landmarks on the tiny screen. With a few more taps, he had a real-time report on traffic conditions for associated routes through the area.

"Some of our developers got mad at Seattle traffic, so they wrappered (now, theres an interesting verb!) an existing Web site using the .Net Mobile Internet Toolkit," Montgomery said. "Pretty good for not even having the source code." Thats a key point of .Net, as this example shows: Existing Internet content can become more valuable through the .Net interface, instead of forcing content providers to start from scratch.

The application can be seen at pstmobile2; more info on Mobile Internet Toolkit is online at

Peter Coffee is Director of Platform Research at, where he serves as a liaison with the developer community to define the opportunity and clarify developers' technical requirements on the company's evolving Apex Platform. Peter previously spent 18 years with eWEEK (formerly PC Week), the national news magazine of enterprise technology practice, where he reviewed software development tools and methods and wrote regular columns on emerging technologies and professional community issues.Before he began writing full-time in 1989, Peter spent eleven years in technical and management positions at Exxon and The Aerospace Corporation, including management of the latter company's first desktop computing planning team and applied research in applications of artificial intelligence techniques. He holds an engineering degree from MIT and an MBA from Pepperdine University, he has held teaching appointments in computer science, business analytics and information systems management at Pepperdine, UCLA, and Chapman College.

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