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What exactly do we mean by saying a Thin-Client?

 
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can any one plz explain me what exactly do we mean by saying a thin-client in a 3-tier or n-tier application .I know that the System level services in a 3-tier Architecture r taken care in the 2-tier,hence the client is freed from the plumbing code ,to manage all the system services.
but i want it to be put in a better way .
What r the other things by which we can say it is a thin-client.
can anyone plz help me out.
thank's in advance
venu
 
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In a typical 2 tier application the client tier has and handles most of the business logic while the Data layer tier handles the data storage. Since the client has the business logic it carries with it a large amount of code and hence is said to be 'FAT'.
However in the 3 tier architecture the business logic is put in the middle tier and the client thus handles the User interface and input validation and hence is supposed to be "thin" in code.
Hope this suffices.

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Mahindrakar
 
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