Productive Visual Development Environment Accelerates the Creation of Dynamic WML-based Wireless Web Portal Applications
Pervasive Software Inc. (Nasdaq:PVSW), a leading provider of software that delivers the freedom to create applications for everyone, everywhere, today announced that its Tango(TM) 2000 Web application development software provides native support for wireless markup language (WML), an enabling technology for wireless Web applications.
“Tango 2000’s native support for WML technology empowers today’s developers to create wireless Web applications just as quickly and easily as they develop traditional Internet applications,” said Dr. Robert Arn, vice president of advanced technology at Pervasive Software. “By leveraging Tango 2000’s highly productive visual interface and powerful object-oriented functionality, Tango developers will be able to develop and deploy sophisticated, WML-based applications at Internet speed.”
Tango 2000 provides a highly productive environment for creating and deploying dynamic, sophisticated Web applications. A particularly powerful feature of Tango 2000 is its native support of both extensible markup language (XML) and WML. Because WML is a markup language that adheres to XML standards and is similar to HTML, Web developers proficient in HTML and XML will find WML to be familiar and easy to learn. Moreover, developers who leverage Tango 2000’s native WML support and object-oriented visual interface can accelerate the development process and speed their wireless Web applications to market.
Tango 2000 enables developers to build wireless Web applications that are accessible to mobile users through the wireless application protocol (WAP). A growing number of mobile phones sold today have built-in Web capabilities that support “pushing” and “pulling” of information over the Internet. The international standard for presenting and delivering Web information to mobile phones is WAP, which specifies WML as its markup language. The WAP protocol enables users to access public Web services and corporate information using wireless Web-enabled phones and retrieve information anytime, anywhere.
Wireless Web developers can use Tango 2000 to create dynamic applications and content specifically tailored to the microbrowser requirements of wireless devices. In addition, companies that have existing investments in Tango 2000 technology for their corporate Internet or intranet sites can easily leverage that investment to develop and deploy innovative WML-based applications that target mobile customers and/or mobile employees.
“Using WML technology, Tango developers can access an entirely new, immense market of wireless subscribers by tailoring the content of existing Web applications to the specific needs of wireless users,” added Dr. Arn. “Tango developers will find it easy to develop WAP applications since the WAP programming model closely parallels the HTTP development model.”
The market opportunity for wireless Web application developers is expected to increase rapidly. There are approximately 300 million mobile phone users worldwide today—about double the number of current Internet users. According to the Strategis Group, there will be more than 530 million wireless subscribers by the year 2001. Others predict that by the end of 2001, there will be 21 million mobile data users in the U.S. alone.
Pervasive to Demonstrate Tango 2000-Based WML Application
To demonstrate Tango 2000’s ability to generate and manipulate WML code, Pervasive has developed a WML-based wireless Web application powered by Tango 2000. The WML application demo will be unveiled at a Tango Developer Seminar in Austin, Texas, on April 20. Hosted by Pervasive, the seminar is open to Web developers free of charge and is the first in a series of Tango Developer Seminars to be held nationwide.
The Tango Developer Seminars are designed to help Web developers implement e-business solutions at Internet speed. The seminars are open to developers free of charge. For more information about seminar times and locations or to register on-line for the April 20th seminar, go to www.pervasive.com/ebiz/seminars.
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