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The Definitive Guide to NetBeans™ Platform 7 by Heiko Böck

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C H A P T E R  1

Introduction

This chapter introduces you to rich client development. In the process, you will learn what a rich client is and how a rich client platform can help you. This chapter will also briefly touch on the main advantages and characteristics of the NetBeans Platform.

What Is a Rich Client?

In a client server architecture the term rich client is used for clients where the data processing occurs mainly on the client side. The client also provides the graphical user interface (GUI). Often rich clients are applications that are extendable via plugins and modules. In this way, rich clients are able to solve more than one problem.

Rich clients are typically developed on top of a framework. A framework offers a basic starting ...

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