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  1. #1
    bob Guest

    Application Server


    Newbie question re: thin client application. What application server is
    available with thin client application using Visual Basic?

    With thin client accessing application server for subsequent processing
    to legacy data and DB2 data residing on a mainframe, is Visual Basic
    a valid tool (as opposed to Java)?

    Any suggestions/comments would be appreciated.

  2. #2
    MarkN Guest

    Re: Application Server


    If you architect your application properly, you can use any Java App server
    or an ASP/Com object implementation. The best way to do this is via XML,
    more specifically SOAP. I've done this and it does work (generic XML not
    SOAP). The front end can be DHTML, Java, VB, VB.Net, C#, C++, etc. The
    backend can very just as much. Without invoking any flames, if you choose
    VB(or any other MS tool) over Java, at least use VB.Net instead of VB.

    This technique, while not perfect, is a wonderful way to keep database drivers,
    etc. off of client computers. Of course, in architecting a solution, do
    it in such a way that allows you to move access to the client if need be.
    For example, don't code database access in ASP or servlets for that matter.
    Using the same language allows you to share code, especially business logic,
    between the client and server.

    Mark

    "bob" <bobbausa@hotmail.com> wrote:
    >
    >Newbie question re: thin client application. What application server is
    >available with thin client application using Visual Basic?
    >
    >With thin client accessing application server for subsequent processing
    >to legacy data and DB2 data residing on a mainframe, is Visual Basic
    >a valid tool (as opposed to Java)?
    >
    >Any suggestions/comments would be appreciated.



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