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L. Peter Deutsch on the Fallacies of Distributed Computing


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L. Peter Deutsch

"Good open standards for software interfaces and data formats are more important than for software itself to be open source."

L. Peter Deutsch is the founder of Aladdin Enterprises and creator of GhostScript.

The fallacies of distributed computing are a set of assertions made by original Sun Microsystems fellows, including Deutsch, which describe false assumptions invariably made by programmers who are new to distributed applications.

In an interview, Deutsch retells the history of the fallacies, discusses their relevance today, and corrects some frequent misattributions and misunderstandings regarding their origin. Specific topics referenced include network reliability, network security, message security, and network topology.

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