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Jonathan - WiFi vs BlueTooth

 
Burk Hufnagel
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As you are a J2ME author, I'm interested in your opinion for game developers? Are we better off concentrating on WiFi, BlueTooth, or try for both?
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I've been wondering about this myself, whether Wi-Fi (+Rendezvous, probably) or Bluetooth will become predominant. I don't know the answer. I would guess that if you are a little careful about how you structure your network code, then you'll be able to easily adapt it to either Wi-Fi or Bluetooth as you need to in the future.
 
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I read an article that suggested that neither will totally replace the other because they were designed to fill different needs. BlueTooth is slower and has a shorter range, but it takes far less power than the faster and loger ranged WiFi.
I'm just wondering if you think people will be more interested in gaming with others near them, or across the city/state/country/world.
 
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I just want it to work whether my opponent is in the same room or across the globe. Whether it's Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, I just want it to be seamless. I don't know if we'll see that in our lifetimes or not.
I believe at some point devices will have wireless connectivity the way everything has USB now. That's when things get really interesting.
 
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Originally posted by Jonathan Knudsen:
I just want it to work whether my opponent is in the same room or across the globe. Whether it's Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, I just want it to be seamless. I don't know if we'll see that in our lifetimes or not.
I believe at some point devices will have wireless connectivity the way everything has USB now. That's when things get really interesting.

I sure hope we see seamless communications in the near (1-2 years) future, and I think you're absolutely right about it getting really interesting when wireless connection can be assumed.
So far, I don't know of any devices that have WiFi and BlueTooth, but I know that Palm has a WiFi PDA and a BlueTooth expansion card so its certainly possible to have that kind of configuration.
As a programmer, I gotta wonder how to handle a situation like that though. Say you want to play a game with someone else - how does the program decide whether to try and connect using the WiFi or the BT connection? Or does it punt and ask the user to decide for it?
In any case, the poor programmer has to write code to deal with either situation -- unless there's a way to easily abstract the differences into a common interface and then program to the interface instead of a specific class.
Is there? Better yet, is it built into J2ME/MIDP?
 
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