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On Tuesday 05 February 2002 16:07, Bill de hÓra wrote:
> Hi Al,
> It's not different (but Sean's already said that). There are a couple of
> things (at least) that make it more of a pain though, 1) you mightn't
> own all the processes involved (a bit like not having source code in a
> local app maybe)
Indeed. As long as the interface is documented, it shouldn't be a problem. I
don't have the source code to most of the libraries I use from Java!
> 2) the scale of a distributed system makes refactoring
> your way out of trouble tough compared to a local app (locally, you can
> often see what broke in front of your eyes).
That's just a matter of scale... the distributedness of it all doesn't make a
bit of difference, except maybe increasing the scale of the system...
non-distributed systems get bloated too :-)
> Bill de hÓra
Alaric B. Snell
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