Chapter 9. Application Servers

  • How Did We Get to Here?

  • What Is an Application Server?

  • Some Explanations

Examining what is happening in the information systems (IS) shops of corporate America, we see a move away from the deployment of traditional client/server applications and a large shift towards multitier, Web based computing. Delivery of application functionality in the form of desktop-based, fat client tools is being dumped in favor of server-generated, lightweight HTML-based user interfaces that derive their presentation layer from the lowly Web browser (that is already installed on almost every desktop in corporate America). The browser used as an application presentation engine and user input collection device (rather than a processing engine) ...

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