Smart Client Architecture and Design Guide

Smart Client Architecture and Design Guide

This guide describes the architectural and design challenges you will face when designing and implementing a smart client application. It provides guidance on how to overcome these challenges, allowing you realize the benefits of a smart client application in as short a time as possible.


Smart client applications are a powerful alternative to thin client applications. They can provide users with a rich and responsive user interface, the ability to work offline, and a way to take advantage of local hardware and software resources. In addition, they can be designed to run on a broad spectrum of client devices, including desktop PCs, Tablet PCs, and handheld mobile devices such as Pocket PCs and Smartphones. Smart clients give users access to information and remote services within a powerful and intuitive client environment, and are an effective solution for flexible user-oriented applications and for increasing user productivity and satisfaction.

Smart client applications can be designed to combine the traditional benefits of a rich client application with the manageability benefits of a thin client application. However, to fully realize the benefits of a smart client application, you need to consider a number of architectural and design issues.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Handling Data
  • Getting Connected
  • Occasionally Connected Smart Clients
  • Security Considerations
  • Using Multiple Threads
  • Deploying and Updating Smart Client Applications
  • Smart Client Application Performance

Book Details

Author(s): Microsoft Corporation
Format(s): PDF
File size: 4.00 MB
Number of pages: 212
Link: Download.

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