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By srajar ·
what is fake client
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do you mean "fat" client?

by scott In reply to client server technology

I have never heard the term "fake" client. However, there is a term, "fat" client, meaning something that is (not to be flippant) not a "thin" client, such as a web browser.

Basically, a fat, or rich, client has a number of features built-in andoften specific to the application for which it is used, whereas a thin client has few built-in features and is intended to host a number of different applications.

As is typical in the computer (or perhaps consumer) world, as each kind of producthas emerged, it has been over-hyped and adopted at the rejection of its contrasting or preceding counterpart. So, in the latter half of the 1990's, applications migrated en masse from rich-client/server to thin-client/server and then to n-tier thin-client/server.

As the hype settles and the industry matures, we may see that some applications are deployed with fat clients and others are targeted at thin clients as is appropriate to the solution domain, rather than the prevailing whims of theday.

If the term "fake" client is newly coined, I too would be interested in understanding its meaning; perhaps it is in reference to "impersonation", a technique by which some n-tier applications access 3rd or 4th tier services from the 2nd tier. For instance, a user hits a website with her browser, which executes some server-side logic, which must access a database. The server-side logic may impersonate some specific user for this access instead of requiring each web-brower user to also be a registered user in the database.

Hope this helps,


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