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Thin and fat clients

Swapnil Sonawane
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Joined: Jan 02, 2008
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The terms "thin clients" and "fat clients" have been used many times in the objectives.
1) Describe at a high level the basic characteristics, benefits and drawbacks of creating thin-clients using HTML and JavaScript and the related deployment issues and solutions.
2) Describe at a high level the basic characteristics, benefits, drawbacks, and deployment issues related to creating fat-clients using Applets. I searched for them in google. Many definitions define them as hardware.

What do they mean here exactly?

Swapnil S. Sonawane<br /> <br />B.Tech (Expected May 2009)<br />Computer Science, NIT Durgapur, India<br />SCJA 1.0
Cameron Wallace McKenzie
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Joined: Aug 26, 2006
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Here's a webpage of mine with more Applets that you would ever want to see on one page. You need the Java 5 plugin installed in your browser, but of course, I shouldn't even ask if you have that installed, right?

Java Applets, Applets and More Java Applets

One thing you will find is the page takes a while to initialize - a drawback. Another thing you might notice is the page may take a while to load if you have a slow network connection - another drawback. But, you can do alot more stuff with applets than just HTML and JavaScript, although that is becomming less and less true as browsers and HTML become more and more powerful.

I consider applets somewhere between fat and thin. I mean, to me, thin typically involves content delivered through a simple markup language. Fat tends to give me an idea of an application installed locally, such as something installed through Java Web Start or something. But what I think doesn't matter - what matters is what the exam makers think.

Hope this gives you some insight into applets.

-Cameron McKenzie
I agree. Here's the link:
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