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A ThickClient is simply a client that does a lot of work, as opposed to a ThinClient that does little work, simply interfacing between the real client and the server.

A ThinClient handles all the computation on the server, leaving little but display up to the client. The computing ability of the ThinClient is limited to whatever is needed to decode signal and display the data. A ThickClient has the ability to do computation on the client side, taking some control from the server and requiring a network connection of some speed. The ThinClient model is the model of the early web, but with the growing speed of personal computers and their connection to homes and the growing use of Java, JavaScript and Flash, ThickClient is becoming a more popular model.


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