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Transaction Processing by Andreas Reuter, Jim Gray

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Preface

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Why We Wrote this Book

The purpose of this book is to give you an understanding of how large, distributed, heterogeneous computer systems can be made to work reliably. In contrast to the often complex methods of distributed computing, it presents a distributed system application development approach that can be used by mere mortals. Why then doesn’t the title use a term like distributed systems, high reliability, interoperability, or client-server? Why use something as prosaic as transaction processing, a term that for many people denotes old-fashioned, batch-oriented, mainframe-minded data processing?

The point ...

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