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Is middleware an adapter?
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, November 26 2012 @ 09:35 PM EST
I've always thought of middleware as being an adapter as for electrical sockets,
especially when it comes to Java. You don't have to worry about the operating
system when writing your program because the adapter takes care of that.

I think I'm seeing that it is more than that when it also becomes an extension
of an operating system.

Does this make sense?

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Different kinds of middleware
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, November 27 2012 @ 06:18 AM EST
Middleware today basically provides a bridge between stateless connections (http) and stateful connections (database).
Your description is for a different kind of Middleware that sits between a web server and a back end database, all three of which could be running on three completely separate servers, each of which could actually be running a completely different Operating System. Your Middleware has nothing to do with the Middleware that is being discussed in this article.

The Middleware being discussed in this article sits between an application and the operating system on the same computer. An example would be java, which can be compiled to run on a number of different types of computer hardware that run a number of different Operating Systems, but which provides a standard set of APIs to all java applications, and allows any java program to run on any computer hardware running any Operating System, so long as java has been compiled to run on that Operating System on that hardware.

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