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client/server architecture
Last modified: Thursday, October 10, 2002 

A network architecture in which each computer or process on the network is either a client or a server. Servers are powerful computers or processes dedicated to managing disk drives (file servers), printers (print servers), or network traffic (network servers ). Clients are PCs or workstations on which users run applications. Clients rely on servers for resources, such as files, devices, and even processing power.

Another type of network architecture is known as a peer-to-peer architecture because each node has equivalent responsibilities. Both client/server and peer-to-peer architectures are widely used, and each has unique advantages and disadvantages.

Client-server architectures are sometimes called two-tier architectures.

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Client/Server Technology Conspectus issues 
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The 1996 DBMS Buyer's Guide and Client/Server Sourcebook 
A guide to over 700 client/server database management, applications development, and Internet/Intranet products.

The Truth About Servers 
What makes a server a server? Is there a difference between an e-mail server and a messaging server? Should a firewall be considered a server in certain circumstances? These questions and more are answered in an extensive tutorial that cuts through the marketing hype and explains the basics of key server types.

An Idiot's Guide to the Resource Description Framework
Designed for the novice to understand.

Client/server FAQ
This six part FAQ, compiled from the comp.client-server newsgroup, provides extensive information on client/server computing. Major topics include: client/server definitions, technical and business issues, books and Web related links, and vendor information.

Client/Server FAQ
Contains the table of contents for the Client/Server FAQ.

Client/Server Software Architectures - An Overview
Provides a summary of some common client/server architectures and also summarizes mainframe and file sharing architectures. Links to more detailed descriptions for many of the individual architectures are provided throughout the document

Creating client server applications
From Baylor University, this web based laboratory provides step-by-step instructions for building client server applications using PowerBuilder.

ENT, Windows NT enterprise computing magazine
Articles cover Microsoft applications, Windows NT, Backoffice, network architecture, system management, and client-server computing. Also hosts a buyer's guide, white papers, and resources.

The Client Server Group
The Client Server Group, a special interest group of the British Computer Society, focuses on client server architecture and related technologies. Their site contains group information, presentations, conference information, client/server companies, a client/server system overview, and links to informational sites.

What Network Do You Need?
An overview of the different types of networks possibilities, from peer-to-pear to client/server, and what kind of products you need to run them.

White paper on client/server architecture from Sigma Systems Inc.
Sigma is the developer of software for higher education systems. This white paper describe Sigma's architecture for client/server and multi-tier designs, and how their software is developed and implemented.

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