My fellow MVPs Christian Forsberg and Andreas SjÃ¶strÃ¶m from business anyplace recently launched their latest project: WebLiquid.
Start exploring the rapidly growing world of Web Services - from your Pocket PC! The Pocket PC application WebLiquid makes it possible to call and use any online Web Service, listed in the WebLiquid Web Services Directory.
- Call and use any Web Service on the Internet, listed in the WebLiquid Web Services Directory
- Available Web Services currently include: News, Stock Quotes, Currency Exchange Rates, Weather Forecast, Dictionary, Translation, ATM Finder, People Finder, Package Tracking etc.
- View Web Service results in different formats including text, images and HTML
- Web Service results can be stored locally for offline reading
- WebLiquid can use any Web Service through the use of Pocket PC skins
- More Web Services are continuously added
Web Services Currently Available
- News: Get current news headlines. Content providers are Yahoo, 7am, and Newslinx. Web Service provider is SQLData
- Dictionary: Get the dictionary meaning of a word. Content provider is the WordNet(r) 1.7 database at the DICT Development Group. Web Service provider is businessanyplace.net.
- Pocket PC Thoughts: Get Pocket PC daily news, views, rants and raves. Content provider is Pocket PC Thoughts. Web Service provider is businessanyplace.net
- Stock Quotes: Get current stock quote for given symbol. For stock ticker symbols, see Yahoo! Finance. Web Service Provider is XMethods
- Currency Exchange Rates: Get currency exchange rates between two currencies. Web Service provider is XMethods
- Translation: Translate any text to and from English. Available languages are French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Russian. Content provider is AltaVista Babelfish. Web Service provider is XMethods
- Weather Forecast: Get weather forecast for zip code. Web Service provider is Unisys Weather Center
- Find ATM: Find ATM by zip code. Web Service provider is ServiceObjects
- Find Person: Find person using their area code and phone number. Web Service provider is Kazoo Software
- Airport Weather: Get current weather conditions at specified airport. For ICAO airport identifiers, see Airport Locator. Web Service provider is CapeClear
- Book Price and Sales Rank: Get current book price and sales rank for ISBN from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Web Service provider is PerfectXML
- Package Tracking: Get tracking information for package sent with FedEx or UPS. Web Service provider is ServiceObjects
- Temperature: Get temperature for specified zip code. Web Service provider is XMethods
- Zip Code Distance: Get distance (in miles) between two zip codes. Web Service provider is codeBump
What is a Web Service?
A Web Service is a program running on an Internet site. The program can be called by a user and return information to that user based on the request. Web Services is bound to become the bearer of the new generation Internet content, since the plumbing of Web Services is made up by platform independent standards, backed by all major players.
How it works
Here is a simple overview of how WebLiquid works:
And the two steps are:
- Get Web Service Description (skin) from WebLiquid Web Service Directory Server
- Access Web Service from third-party provider
All you need is the WebLiquid Pocket PC client, running on a Pocket PC connected to the Internet. An Internet connection can be made using wireless or wired methods, or using the ActiveSync Passthrough Connection together with your Internet connected desktop PC. The WebLiquid Pocket PC client retrieves available Web Services from the WebLiquid Web Services Directory server automatically.
Cheers ~ Arne
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