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PowerBuilder® 9: Internet and Distributed Application Development by John D. Olson, Bill Green

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PowerBuilder's Role in Distributed Computing

Armed with this basic information, you can then begin to take a look at how PowerBuilder figures into the distributed world. PowerBuilder can be used as

  • A rich client— A client capable of accessing the PB components with a rich front-end GUI

  • Components in EAServer

  • A client to components in other J2EE and COM servers

  • A client to Web services clients in EAServer

Rich Client

Rich client is the nomenclature used to describe a client application that is a front-end to server-based components not hosted in a browser. Browser-based clients are referred to as thin clients because they do not maintain the client application on the client machine; therefore there is very little that needs to be deployed to the ...

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