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Real World XML Web Services: For VB and VB .NET Developers by Yasser Shohoud

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1.1. Distributed Applications and the Browser

If you look around at today's application development, you'll find a definite shift toward thin, browser-based clients. Obviously this is not because thin clients offer a richer user experience; it's because such clients eliminate the high costs of deploying an application to the desktop. Desktop applications are costly to deploy, partly due to the issues of installing and configuring the application and partly due to the issues of communicating between the client and the server.

Traditionally, a rich Windows client uses Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM) to communicate with the server and to invoke remote objects. Configuring DCOM to work properly in a large network is usually a challenge ...

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