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Funambol Mobile Open Source

Stefano Fornari

Sync your email and other data with mobile devices using Funambol 7.1
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Book Details

ISBN 139781847191540
Paperback256 pages

About This Book

  • Provide push email capabilities and synchronization services for mobile devices and PC software using Funambol
  • Develop your own Funambol extensions
  • Many examples explaining all functionalities provided by the Funambol platform
  • An easy reading for system administrators and developers who want to keep in sync enterprise data

Who This Book Is For

If you are looking forward to install and get started with Funambol, this book is for you. You need to have a technical background and be confident with a bit of code tweaking, but not a developer.

General server administration skills are assumed and familiarity with Java will be a benefit in places.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The First Sync
Working with Maria's personal computer
Preparing the mobile phone
Completing the first synchronization
Installing Funambol on Linux
Chapter 2: Deploying Funambol
Funambol architecture
Funambol push
Chapter 3: Mastering Data Synchronization
Starting and stopping the Data Synchronization Server
General server settings using the Funambol Administration Tool
Using a remote database
Changing the administrator user's password
Using an Apache frontend
Funambol over HTTPS
Funambol configuration concepts
Chapter 4: Administrating Users and Devices
Users, devices, and principals
Auto and manual provisioning
Other administration tasks
Chapter 5: Funambol E-mail
E-mail Connector
Setting up Funambol mobile e-mail
Inbox Listener Service
Mobile e-mail at work
Improving Funambol e-mail authentication
Chapter 6: Funambol PIM Data Push
The PIM connector
The PIM Listener Service
PIM push at work
What if connection-less push is impossible
Chapter 7: Synchronizing Devices and Desktops
Mark: Outlook and BlackBerry sync clients
Andrew: Outlook and a Java phone
Sonia: MacOS and a SyncML phone
Brian: MacOS and iPhone
Chapter 8: Making the Most of Funambol: Community and its Projects
Integrating Funambol and SugarCRM
The Funambol community
Funambol license
Chapter 9: Introduction to SyncML
The SyncML initiative
The SyncML protocol
SyncML device management
Chapter 10: Extending the Funambol Data Synchronization Service
Funambol development
Extending Funambol
Getting started on connector development

What You Will Learn

  • Install the server on both Linux and Windows environment, and learn how to start/stop Funambol services
  • Sync your data with other devices and get notified of new emails or other personal data changes
  • Start synchronization automatically to receive changes made with another application or device using push synchronization
  • Connect to the Data Synchronization Service using Funambol administration tool
  • Synchronize all different devices with a central PIM database and email system using the different push mechanisms
  • Access a database on a separate machine instead of the local database by configuring Funambol
  • Restrict access to specific users, add new users, and track registered users using the Funambol Administration Tool
  • Set up and start the PIM Connector and PIM Listener Service, and learn how it works in a complex scenario using a Windows Mobile phone
  • Develop a custom connector to access an external data source by following a simple tutorial-styled example

In Detail

Funambol is a free and open source mobile synchronization server that provides push email, address book and calendar (PIM) data synchronization, and device management for wireless devices. Are you looking to sync your email and other data with mobile devices for easy access? This book will show you how to do that via the Internet cloud.

With the help of this complete, practical guide you will learn how to access your email, calendar, contacts, important notes a lot more easily and quickly using Funambol. You will be able to sync a large number of online applications with your mobile devices. You will also be able to develop, deploy, and manage any mobile project.

This book will show you how to provide a full-featured PIM synchronization and push email service with Funambol.
You will start by installing Funambol on a personal computer, and then move on to acquire detailed information on the Funambol architecture and the network requirements for deploying it. You will cover several components of Funambol such as Data Synchronization Server, Device Management, Client Plugins, and more.
As you reach the end of the book, you will delve deeper to explore the wide range of possibilities of the Funambol platform beyond the immediate needs of personal data synchronization and mobile email. The book is also a great starting point for anyone who aims to extend Funambol. This book was targeted at version 7.1 of Funambol, but is also applicable to version 8.


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