Location transparency

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Location transparency in IT means that the user of a distributed application does not need to know the actual location of the requested object or the requested resource. The name of an object therefore does not contain any information about its location.

Theoretical examples

  • In COM , location transparency means that it hardly makes any difference whether a COM server is part of the program (InProc), represents its own process (OutProc) or is even located on another computer (DCOM).
  • With databases : It doesn't matter to the front end whether the back end, i.e. the actual database server , is on the same computer, a computer in the local network or even a computer in the Internet.

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