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SOFTWARE - Client, Server, Middleware, Back-end Databases

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Client/server computing divides the processing between two (or more) processors: The client makes requests that are carried out by the server . In a transaction-processing application the user would enter transaction details on the client computer and when all the details have been entered a message is sent to the server computer to register the transaction on a central database. Often the central database is far too large to reside on the client computer (typically a PC). Offloading some of the processing to the client computer (generating screen displays and initial validation of data) improves efficiency.

The client/server architecture is now a very popular architecture and represents a major shift from the centralised mainframe model. Sometimes a system will have several different back-end databases supplied by different manufacturers. Each database may use its own protocols for software to access the database. To overcome this problem middleware provides a consistent programming interface to different databases.


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27 October, 2000
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