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Re: What's a good alternative to browser-webapp-webserver for remote apps?

by DBAugie (Beadle)
on Mar 29, 2008 at 22:52 UTC ( #677263=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to What's a good alternative to browser-webapp-webserver for remote apps?

Everything that's old is new again.

It sounds like you want the client-server model of system architecture. Back in the day, this was Very Hot Stuff in the database world. The database functioned as the central server application and many developers wrote client applications that were distributed to the end-users. As long as the whole system did not scale beyond the capabilities of the system managers and developers to maintain, it worked relatively well.

The problems started when the individual applications begin tromping on each other; taking exclusive locks on resources and not releasing them; resetting variables without checking if they are already in use; etc. The issues compounded when it was time for a new release of the client software and you distributed the new client software to many users with a bewildering array of operating systems at various patch levels.

Usually, I saw clients and servers communicating via tcp with remote procedure calls (rpc). If you have any Old Guys around, they probably have linear yards of bookshelf filled with books on the subject.

Good luck

Augie


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