Top Ten Pitfalls of Wireless Application Development
This special contribution is the first installment in a series of discussions centered on the wireless
application development process. The first installment, “Top Ten Pitfalls of Wireless
Application Development,” identifies some of the most common difficulties faced in bringing wireless applications to market and outlines
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The article was first published March 12, 2001.
So you’re building a wireless application?
Who isn’t these days. Scores of entrepreneurs and
companies are dipping their toes into the wireless application pool looking for productivity gains, new
service revenues or IPO riches.
Some are looking to extend wired Internet sites to yet another market segment or user set. Others are just
attracted by the supposed “next big thing.” But whatever the motivation they are sure to find wireless is
more than just another form of access.
And it’s much more than browsers or thin-client solutions too. There’s a mistaken notion that wireless
means “WAP.” But with all the intelligent and programmable devices in the marketplace currently - and
more coming soon -- wireless applications have the potential to be so much more.
Whatever the variety, developing wireless applications involves a structured process with healthy doses
of technology, science and a little bit of art. And despite what you hear to the contrary, building an
efficient wireless application can border on rocket science.
There are plenty of hurdles to climb, decisions to make and situations to avoid. It’s why we’ve compiled
the following list of Top Ten Pitfalls of Wireless Application Development. Now these aren’t the only
development pitfalls you’ll likely face but they’re definitely issues and areas to be aware of, to plan for
and be competent in.
At Outr.Net we’ve just about seen it all, made our own share of mistakes and cleaned up a number of
wireless application disasters along the way. If you can conquer these ten pitfalls, you’re on track for a
smoother development process.
This newsletter is our first installment in a series of discussions centered on the wireless application
development process. So take the opportunity to share in our expertise and insight. In subsequent issues
we'll delve deeper into each of these topics with hopes of easing your wireless development burden and
increasing your chance for success.
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