Thin client and smart client RRS feed

  • Question

  • Continuing a thread I have posted somewhere around here (but could not find it), why do people usually say a smart client is able to work offline, and a thin client only works if connected to Internet. I consider this not true, since a thin client may be connected to a local Intranet. Then, it does not need to be in Internet, the connection will only need to be accessing the local BD inside the network, right?

    Saturday, December 9, 2006 2:21 PM

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  • The point is that a thin client needs a connection to work (it doesn't matter if it is an intranet or internet)

    Smart clients can be made to work offline (i.e. you need to work for that to happen) - so that when they are disconnected from a server the user still has the ability to continue work on a local copy of the data as well as queue requests for the backend for later



    Sunday, December 10, 2006 9:02 PM
  • Hi,

    The easiest way to think of a smart client is that it must always be available, even in a plane in the middle of the Pacific.

    For more information on thin versus smart clients consult the excellent Smart Client Architecture and Design Guide:


    Monday, December 11, 2006 5:04 AM