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smart client
Last modified: Tuesday, August 10, 2004 

(smärt klī´&nt;) (n.) An Internet-connected device that allows the user's local applications to interact with server-based applications through the use of Web services. For example, a smart client running a word processing application can interface with a remote database over the Internet in order to collect data from the database to be used in the word processing document. Smart clients are distinguished by key characteristics:
  • They support work offline – smart clients can work with data even when they are not connected to the Internet (which distinguishes them from browser-based applications, which do not work when the device is not connected to the Internet);
  • Smart client applications have the ability to be deployed and updated in real time over the network from a centralized server;
  • Smart client applications support multiple platforms and languages because they are built on Web services;
  • Smart client applications can run on almost any device that has Internet connectivity, including desktops, workstations, notebooks, tablet PCs, PDAs, and mobile phones.

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