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Mobile agents are emerging as a promising paradigm for the design and implementation of distributed applications. While mobile agents have generated considerable excitement in the research community, they have not translated into a significant number of real-world applications. One of the main reasons for this is lack of work that quantitatively evaluates the effectiveness of mobile agents versus traditional approaches. This paper contributes towards such an evaluation. This paper identifies the underlying mobility patterns of e-commerce applications and discusses possible Client-Server (CS) and Mobile Agent (MA) based implementation strategies for each of these patterns.
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