Last week, I finished the 2nd of the Sybase Unwired Server classes. If the product had a icon, I’d post it here. However, I get the feeling that the product team may not be as well organized as needed to tie up loose ends.
The first class was SUP Administration, the second was SUP Application Development. I now find myself deflated, just sitting here, thinking about what to do next. Here are a few hints about how things proceeded:
This thing changes rapidly. I’m talking major… Keeping up is going to be a big priority of yours… Totally nuts… They broke rule number 1 of programming. You design it before you build it…
and so on.
To top things off, SAP just bought a competing product as well. It is called Syclo.
My initial goal is to build a SUP mobile application called a Hybrid Web Container which can operate offline. The key word here is offline.
The HWC is an application that can be built using something close to a wizard to construct screens as well as dragging and dropping buttons and actions on screens to create workflows between many screens. Ideally, you can build an application without coding. This takes the development time down to something quite speedy. The “offline” part of the application would allow me to download a set of data from a server, onto an ultralite database located on the device, so that I could operate on the data while the device was unplugged from the network. Then, when the network connection is restored, the changed data get synchronized back to the server.
Unfortunately, you cannot do this with SUP. The wizard method does not support offline operation, because it does not support the presence of an ultralite database on the device.
So, I am now sitting here thinking…