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thick client vs thin client

Andrew John

Joined: Oct 03, 2008
Posts: 6

I have a problem with a question in the SCEA 5 Whizlabs product.

Basically, the scenario given is a web app developed using PERL & CGI scripts on one server, with a Sybase DB on a second server. The question is what are the most notable weaknesses of this architecture. The options given are:

A. Fat Clients
B. Thin Clients
C. Scalability
D. Potential network bottlenecks
E. Performance

I would go for C, D and E.

The answer given is B,C and D.

Part of the rationale they give for in their explanation is that 'Performance is not the best answer here'.

I am surprised that they could use this to justify going for B over E. They give no real reason for preferring B.

Do you agree with their answer?
Hong Anderson
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Joined: Jul 05, 2005
Posts: 1936
I don't understand why Thin Clients is a weakness?

SCJA 1.0, SCJP 1.4, SCWCD 1.4, SCBCD 1.3, SCJP 5.0, SCEA 5, SCBCD 5; OCUP - Fundamental, Intermediate and Advanced; IBM Certified Solution Designer - OOAD, vUML 2; SpringSource Certified Spring Professional
Andrew John

Joined: Oct 03, 2008
Posts: 6
Neither do I, but that's the answer they're giving.

Maybe it's just a dodgy question. Mostly the Whizlabs questions seem good, but there are a couple I'm not sure about.
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