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Code Craft by Pete Goodliffe

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Distributed Programming

Distributed systems are comprised of more than one computer. As we'll see later, the World Wide Web is effectively a huge distributed system with information being stored on many computers across many continents and with applications delivered remotely via your web browser. It's not all about web browsers, though. Multimachine architectures are used in many situations. Working with and designing distributed systems ushers in a whole new world of problems.

You might need to distribute a software system for a number of reasons. Perhaps some types of computers are more suited to particular tasks than others. Perhaps the system is in high demand, and you can share the workload among many machines on a network to improve performance. ...

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