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This is the WAP version of our combination application. It uses WML and WMLScript.

Your phone speaks WAP? Great! Point it at mobile.eric-poncet.com/phone/samples/combination.wml.


You need a phone emulator that is WMLScript-compliant, such as OpenWave (see tools section).

 Source code

Below is the .wml file, which is the GUI of our application.

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<!DOCTYPE wml PUBLIC "-//WAPFORUM//DTD WML 1.1//EN" "http://www.wapforum.org/DTD/wml_1.1.xml">
Cell phone


<card id="input" >
<onevent type="onenterforward">
        <setvar name="n" value=""/>
        <setvar name="p" value=""/>
        <setvar name="n_p" value=""/>
        <setvar name="factorialN" value=""/>
        <setvar name="factorialP" value=""/>
        <setvar name="factorialN_P" value=""/>
        <setvar name="combinationNP" value=""/>

    <do type="accept" label="Compute">
        <go href="combination.wmls#go()"/>

    Value for n:
    <input type="text" name="n" format="*N"/>
    Value for p:
    <input type="text" name="p" format="*N"/>

<card id="result">
    <do type="accept" label="Back">
        <go href="#input">
            <setvar name="n" value=""/>
            <setvar name="p" value=""/>

    Combination &gt; WML<br/>

And here's the .wmls file, which contains the logic of our app.

//Cell phone

extern function go()
    var strN = WMLBrowser.getVar("n"),
        strP = WMLBrowser.getVar("p");
    var n = Lang.parseInt(strN),
        p = Lang.parseInt(strP),
    if (n > 0)
        if (p > 0)
            if (n >= p)
                WMLBrowser.setVar("n_p", n-p);
                WMLBrowser.setVar("factorialN", factorial(n));
                WMLBrowser.setVar("factorialP", factorial(p));
                WMLBrowser.setVar("factorialN_P", factorial(n-p));
                WMLBrowser.setVar("combinationNP", combination(n, p));
            else error("'p' > 'n'");
        else error("Invalid value for 'p'");
    else error("Invalid value for 'n'");

function factorial(n)
    return (n <= 1) ? 1 : n*factorial(n-1); // he-he... let's mix a ternary operator (?) and recursion...

function combination(n, p)
    return factorial(n) div (factorial(n - p) * factorial(p));

function error(msg)
    Dialogs.alert("Error!\n" + msg);
    WMLBrowser.setVar("n", "");
    WMLBrowser.setVar("p", "");


The .wml deck contains two cards:

  • input is a form allowing the user to input values for 'n' and 'p' and launch the computation
  • result displays the results

The .wmls contains the logic of our applications, that is, the computation of factorial and combination.

Also, we included a consitency check within the logic, by making sure that both n and p are not null or zero, and that n is greater than or equal to p. Here's what the user gets if s/he enters numbers that do not comply with those rules:

The core functions are located in the .wmls file: factorial(), combination() and go(). Only go() can be called from WML, as it's the only extern function.



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