what does it mean scalable application ?

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i just started making applications in .net, i read we can make scalable application in .net so what does it exactly mean in context of .net or other languages. Please describe it well i would definitely appreciate ?
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  • TomLiotta
    It can mean different things depending on what the application does.   A database application might scale so that it handles ten-row tables or 10-million-row tables (or larger) just as well. A transaction processing application might scale from handling ten transactions per second to 10000 transactions per second (or more). An interactive system might handle ten users, but it would handle 10000 concurrent users just as well.   Whatever the application does, it might be capable of performing its function well all along the "scale" from low volume to high volume of whatever it needs to handle. If it can, then it is scalable. The same application can be used in small or large environments.   For product developers, that can mean significant engineering for handling the high end. That can affect the price of the product. And that can have a greater impact on customers at the low end. It can also mean that the low-end customers get more built into the product than they will ever use or need. The product complexity often is greater, making it harder to maintain or modify later.   The degree of scalability can be a difficult design point for developing an application. It definitely needs to be settled early in a project.   Tom
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