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Michael Finney
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What is the definition of a Distributed Java application?

Can a client / server setup be considered distributed?

An employer asked via webpage if I had any distributed Java application experience.

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Peter Chase
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This is a fair definition of a Distributed System. A client-server application certainly counts.

Often, systems with the potential to run in a truly distributed sense - i.e. with components spread across different machines - are actually run with all components on one machine. However, in my view, that doesn't invalidate it as experience of distributed systems, as you still have to consider that each component might be on a different machine.

If you have experience of programming to deal with things like network delays, outages, components going up and down independently etc. then you probably have the sort of experience the interviewer was wanting.
 
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