fat client

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A client computer which contains the bulk of a client server computing application. A good example of such an application is a decision support system where the bulk of the functionality resides in the client code and where the server might provide only basic code for sending large amounts of data to the clients. The advantage of having a fat client system is that the functionality of the application can be easily extended by the users of the system; the disadvantage is that software changes to the system have to be communicated to what could be a large number of client computers. Fat clients are associated with thin servers.

Subjects: Computing.

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