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1. <software> A designer's or developer's suite of software that helps programmers isolate the business logic in their programs from the platform-related code. Application servers can handle all of the application logic and connectivity found in client-server applications. Many application servers also offer features such as transaction management, clustering and failover, and load balancing; nearly all offer ODBC support.

Application servers range from small footprint, web-based processors for intelligent appliances or remote embedded devices, to complete environments for assembling, deploying, and maintaining scalable multi-tier applications across an enterprise.

2. <software> Production programs run on a mid-sized computer that handle all application operations between browser-based computers and an organisation's back-end business applications or databases. The application server works as a translator, allowing, for example, a customer with a browser to search an online retailer's database for pricing information.

3. <hardware> The device on which application server software runs. Application Service Providers offer commercial access to such devices.

Citrix Application Serving White Paper (http://citrix.com/press/corpinfo/application_serving_wp_0700.pdf).

Application Server Sites, a list maintained by Vayda & Herzum (http://componentfactory.org/links/appl.htm).

The Application Server Zone at DevX, (http://appserver-zone.com/default.asp).

TechMetrix Research's Application Server Directory, (http://techmetrix.com/trendmarkers/techmetrixasd.php3).


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