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An introduction to e-commerce and distributed applications
An introduction to e-commerce and distributed applications

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Ince, D. Developing Internet Applications, chapters 1 and 4, published by Pearson Education Limited in collaboration with The Open University, © Pearson Education Limited, 2002, 2003. This publication forms part of an Open University course M360 Developing Distributed and E-commerce Applications.

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